Getting it right


By lizellejacobs, 23 March, 2012

With the birth of SAQA, Seta's, unit standards and the dreaded POE's, training providers have been burdened with loads of admnistration, quality standards, impossible demands in terms of learning programme development and of course you know all the rest of it!

I have experienced endless frustration trying to please all stakeholders involved in the process.  The client, the needs of the learner, the Seta's ever shifting goal posts and my employer (the training provider who still needs to make money!).  In this battle, it always seems that the learner pulls at the shortest end.  The only outcome that is reached in the end, is that the learner becomes very skilled in creating a huge amount of administration and destroys a whole forest in creating a Portfolio of evidence.

My passion is to inspire people to be their best and value themselves and the purpose they have.  Being emotionally intelligent and understanding how to assert themselves in the world they live in is fundamentally important in being successful at work as well as in their personal lives.

Thus I have resigned and launched myself in a freelance career where I hope to fulfill this passion of mine.  Truth of the matter is, I want to teach employers that training interventions MUST MAKE A DIFFERENCE, it should improve their business and the people who work in them.  Learning should be fun and not a PowerPoint lullaby putting learners to sleep.  Irrespective of whether the training is accredited or non-accredited, facilitaters should make the effort to give the learner an experience by which important skills and attitudes are learnt.

From my experience and research in brain friendly learning I have learnt the following and it works!

  • Learners learn better when information is presented visually
  • Retention improves when you let the learner do the work
  • Information should be given in short spurts and not long winded, never ending powerpoint presentations
  • You learn best when you experience emotions with the learning.
  • Learners must understand what's in it for them to be in your training!

So this is my challenge and my plea - let us not get stuck with all the whoo-ha and let us get it right!