A new era for professional bodies and designations?


So the World Cup 2010 has come and gone, and we are rapidly approaching the end of the first decade of the 21st century (or if you’re a purist, the end of the first year of the second decade...).  What’s even more incredible is that I saw a television advertisement for Christmas on 30th September - I didn’t know whether to laugh or to be very afraid - the year seems to have flown by.

Perhaps like me, after a relatively quiet few months, things have suddenly got busy?

In this newsletter, I’d like to draw your attention to three things:

SAQA’a call for comments on a policy and criteria for professional bodies and designations

The NQF Act of 2008 provides for three sub-frameworks in the National Qualifications Framework, and also for the registration of professional designations on the NQF.  This is part of a drive to establish best practice and to professionalise various disciplines.  For those not familiar with the concept, a professional designation generally applies to a person who is compelled by law, to meet certain criteria, for example engineers, accountants, financial planners, etc.  The professionalising of various industries over the past few years has also included, for example, financial planners and more recently estate agents.

While the objectives of, and the principles underpinning the framework are laudable, I wonder whether, for embryonic professional bodies, they are not too onerous?  If an organisation is new, and does not have an established fee-paying membership base the cost of compliance could be prohibitive.  Click here to download the document;  I draw your attention to the SkillZHub’s Policy Board where I have posted this question and suggest that we debate it.

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The Human Capital Institute’s 3rd Annual Cape City - Region Talent Summit

With talent ma na gement a key issue in the current economic climate, this year’s theme is The Keys to Business Results:  CEO Ownership of Talent Results & HR Stewardship of Systems & Processes may be of interest.  Participants will learn how other organisa tions have implemented and made talent management strategies work for them.  David Conradie, Director, Consulting - Deloitte Consulting (Pty) Ltd, will give a keynote address on Using Talent Management as a Competitive Differentiator and Lisa Ashton, Managing Director, Bioss Southern Africa, will talk about Succession Management Across The Generations.  The summit takes place on October 19th at the Old Mutual Business School in Pinelands.  To find out more about the programme, please click here.  To book a place  register here and call Lyne Lombard, Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing, HCI Africa, on 011 609 1971 for a code, or e-mail her lyne.lombard@humancapitalinstitute.org.za

Please note that registered SkillZHub members are entitled to a discount, and for more information, about this, please click here.

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 University of Newcastle, Australia, works with South Africa on TVET reform

Many of you know that I work with the University of Newcastle, Australia, and some of you have met my colleagues Donna Hensley and David Wise.  They are leading a programme on Technical, Vocational Education and Training Reform, in partnership with TAFE NSW Hunter Institute (an FET College), for a group of Fellows from south Africa and Namibia.  For more information about this programme and the fellows, please click here or visit this blog.

Some closing thoughts

Now that the Skills Summit is over, we wait in anticipation of news about the new SETA landscape, which we hope will be finalised later this month.  I am also hoping that we will soon get news from the QCTO about the proposed regulations that must be promulgated for the Skills Development Amendment act 2008 to be fully implemented.  As usual, I will keep you posted about my thoughts on these developments as they happen, but encourage you to watch the SkillZHub notice board on which "hot-off-the-press" news is posted.

With best wishes for the last part of 2010
Fiona Cameron-Brown