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How can I trust training material?

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    Hi Fellow Skills Universe Users

    I am assisting an NPO with 6 no-fee paying high schools in township areas to become accredited to do End User Computing NQF Level 3, so that they can extend their impact beyond just secondary schooling.

    If I go the route of purchasing training material, how do I know that this training material is of sufficient quality and will be accepted by the SETA? I dont want to buy something and then only afterwords realise that it is not sufficient?

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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    Tass Schwab

    Shopping Tips for Training Material (taken from one of my earlier blogs)

    How do you decide to make a major purchase, such as a car,house or even clothing? You will most likely do the following:
    Ensure you have the time to shop around
    Narrow your choices down
    Go to a reputable store
    Understand what type of brand you are looking for. Will it be BMW or 1966 Volkswagen Beatle?
    Know your budget. Are you going to go cheap and regret it later or spend a bit more now and have your product last?
    Chat to some experts, ask their opinion
    See whose pair of running shoes lasted longest

    As a training material developer it always puzzles me how the CEO’s of companies or those responsible for purchasing Training Material ignore all of the above. I have found that many simply go in for cheap.

    Purchasing Training Material needs to be treated with the same respectful process that you would go through when purchasing a major item for your home. It has taken hours for experts to write well crafted material, the hours put in will show in the pricing too. Quite a few clients that land at my doorstep have purchased on the fly because they were in a hurry, and now need it fixed because the SETA’s have thrown it out. Be careful, be aware of where you buy your material.

    If you have made the error of not attending to any of the above and are in a fix, connect with me. Or how about adding me to your mix of shopping around for high quality Material.

    Frank Smit

    This is good advice and goes for just about anything. Try e-learning development….. we regularly find that the client buys cheapness rather than quality. They also look at the total price and not price per seat (ie cost per user in the end).

    Gavin Tonks

    ask the seta concerned,

    Louise Sterling

    Hi Johan. A colleague at a TVET college recently bought in this qualification and the learning materials were totally unusable – even though they did due diligence. The College had to bin it.  If you send me your email address, I can put you in touch with her. I’m sure you will benefit from hearing about her experience. 

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