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What Is A Skills Development Facilitator?

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What are the responsibilities and functions of a skills development facilitator outside of completing workplace documents such as the annual training report and the workplace skills plan?

As set out in the Organising Framework for Occupations version 12, a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) is a person who "Analyses the skills requirements within an organisation and coordinates the execution of the personal development plans of employees, monitors the implementation of the workplace skills plan and reports accordingly".

The job description of an SDF should include the following functions:

- Study and analyse the various jobs performed in an establishment by various means, including interviews with workers, supervisors and management, and writing detailed job or occupation descriptions from information obtained.
- Prepare occupational information or working on occupational classification systems.
- Advise and work on these areas and on other aspects of job and occupation analyses in fields such as personnel administration, workforce research and planning, training and other occupational information and vocational guidance as might be required.
- Study and advise individuals on employment opportunities, career choices and further education or training that may be desirable in terms of the company need and the career path chosen by individual employees.
- Identify by means of a professional needs analysis the training needs and requirements of individuals within the company.

From this it is easy to see that a professionally qualified SDF is responsible for much more than just completing the annual training report and the workplace skills plan. A professionally qualified SDF should be involved in all areas for which they have been trained and HR managers should ensure the SDF is allowed to perform in these areas if the desired company results are to be achieved.

A professional SDF will be required to fulfil the following duties:

- Advising on and implementation of Quality management Systems for skills development
- Conducting analysis to determine outcomes of training
- Conducting skills development administration
- Coordinating skills development interventions
- Utilise their skills in advising others on outcomes based education within the context of the NQF
- Developing the organisations training and development plans

If your skills and abilities are utilised correctly and constructively then your role as an SDF will be sustainable and you will be placed in an invaluable position and will most certainly add value to any organisation.

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