Third of the way through 2010

As I am writing this article, we are nearly a third of the way through 2010; we are 52 days away from the start of the FIFA World Cup, and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has been launched and an acting CEO appointed. We all anxiously waiting to see what the effect of this will be on the skills development landscape.

At QPD, the first quarter has been fairly busy and we have conducted a number of workshops despite training budgets of most companies being exhausted. On the Engineering side, we currently have 152 learners but this number changes as learners come in and exit the system. We now have a complement of 10 Engineering Facilitators, ably headed up by Gideon Linde, who put the learners through their paces, while work on the establishment of the Hospitality School is also progressing.

We have received learning program approval for all our Engineering courses from the MERSETA, and for selected courses from the MQA (they were especially impressed with our training material!) and the ESETA. Verification visits from the ETDP SETA have been successful and we continue to receive excellent feedback on the caliber of our training material, presentation of courses and quality of assessments and moderations being done. It is encouraging to have our efforts affirmed by an outside agency. We have applied to have our learning program approval extended with the Service SETA, and also completed a very successful training program for the W&R SETA at the end of last year. This all points to what a busy year 2009 was and this has spilled over into 2010!

We continue to grow both in numbers and experience, and it is wonderful to see DSIH abuzz with learners. There is a sense of busyness and purpose and this energises everyone, even on days when one is perhaps not feeling that energetic. It has been a steep learning curve thus far but we have settled into a learning rhythm and this motivates us to continue striving to achieve Alice’s vision of establishing a Centre of Skills Excellence. We should always remember that “Where there is no vision the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18). We are thus working to ensure that this is not the case at DSIH.

‘Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!’ (Joel Barker)