HR professional body and private providers form alliance

Advertisement

Heading

With the aim of playing a more meaningful role in influencing the quality of learning provision, the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) has aligned its services with the Association for Private Providers of South Africa (APPETD).


Advertisement

 


The HR professional body of South Africa, the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), and the Association for Private Providers of South Africa (APPETD) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the HR profession and improve the quality of private learning provision. Says, Marius Meyer, CEO of SABPP: "This is an historic moment in the skills development landscape."
As a professional body and Education Training Quality Assurance Body mandated by SAQA to accredit learning providers, we are ideally positioned to influence the quality of learning provision, as well as assessment and moderation practices.
Having accredited 36 learning providers, and established projects involving 6 SETAs, SABPP is ideally positioned to play a more meaningful role in influencing the quality of learning provision. Moreover, we have more than 1200 learning and development professionals registered with us, and very soon we will upload their professional designations on the National Learner's Records Database at SAQA. Now that we have been recognized by SAQA as a professional body, we can present learning providers with an improved value proposition.
Indeed says, Cynthia Reynders, CEO of APPETD: We are very excited about this alliance and the positive impact it will have on the Education, Training and Development sector. APPETD, being the recognized representative body for private providers in South Africa on all levels i.e. AVET, GET, FET, HE and Skills Training Providers ( SETA accredited), is committed to ensure that by virtue of an alliance like this one we enhance and ensure a high standard of qualified training and development personnel in the private providers industry.
Marius added: During the Fifa World Cup, for 6 weeks South Africa was world-class, because we had excellent public-private partnerships to present a world-class event. The same should happen in the skills development arena. Imagine what we can achieve as a nation if different parties can collaborate, share resources, facilities and knowledge in the interest of raining skills levels.
While there are certainly challenges in the FET sector, the problems are not insurmountable if we can manage to collaborate and find sustainable solutions. From our experience as an ETQA, we have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and quality of private providers. Most of them are ready to go the extra mile in making a difference to society.
Since we appointed a new Head of Learning and quality Assurance, Naren Vassan, our ETQA has been transformed to a high quality ETQA, shifting the focus from a watchdog approach to a more enabling approach. We now have constant and regular interaction with our learning providers, they often visit our office, and we visit them.
In this process, sound relationships have been formed. At the end, the real winner is the most important stakeholder in the skills development landscape, i.e. the learner walking out with a well-deserved certificate. The next phase will be to measure their success as employees and practitioners, because this is where we can all make a huge contribution in helping Minister Nzimande in achieving the nation¡¦s skills development targets.

In the light of the above background, the APPETD-SABPP alliance will focus on achieving the following objectives:
Collaborating to promote skills development by means of high quality learning provision;
Research about challenges, problems and successes in the private providers landscape;
A drive towards professional registration for staff and students;
Arranging joint events to share knowledge and build capacity.
Marius highlights the significance of the alliance: No single party has all the answers to the skills development crisis. We all agree that skills gaps limit economic growth, but we all want to make a contribution to turn the situation around. We need to work with government and all other stakeholders to transform the skills development system.
In addition, there is a lack of proper research about the role of private providers in promoting skills development. Often decisions are taken by various stakeholders without proper analysis, facts or research, and the end-result is the perpetuation of a deficient skills development system to the detriment of society.
Cynthia highlights the importance of proper research to be conducted in the private sector to clearly identify the skills needs for a growing socio economic future. APPETD is well placed to conduct this research and hence has put in place a Research committee that will address education, training and skills development needs in the future.
The time has come for different stakeholders to take co-responsibility in driving the right agenda forward.
For more information visit SABPP.

Advertisement


Advertisement


Advertisement



Advertisement




Advertisement


Advertisement