“What is to be done” is the title of a novel by Nikolai Chernyshevsky, first published in Russia in 1863 and later used by Vladimir Lenin. The novel is generally accepted as being highly influential in a period when people – including women - were flocking to the cities to find work. It created new ways of seeing life – new ideas about how life could be lived. At this time in South Africa, when so many young people are leaving rural life to try and find work in the cities, should human resource management practitioners not be upping their game to take account of the needs and the potential of these young urbanising workers?
This article concludes the series entitled "A Tale of Two Entities in five parts", which commences with the presentations to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training of the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations. What are the implications for skills development stakeholders of the failure to speedily progress the development and updating of occupational qualifications?
To provide context to the presentation on 17 October 2014 of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training (PPCHET), it is necessary to understand the role and context of the QCTO, and how the development and format of occupational qualifications has been changing.
This report forms part 3 of a report entitled: A Tale of Two Entities in five parts, which introduces the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee process, describes the presentations of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training (PPCHET).
This report forms Part 2 of a five part report entitled A Tale of Two Entities in five parts.
Represented by the Board Chairperson Professor Lolwana, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joyce Mashabela, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ms Madilonga the QCTO presented first. The presentation theme was: “Taking Root and Settling In”, and that accurately described the QCTO stance. The entity had spent time on developing policies – even an HR policy, but what they had actually achieved in terms of qualifications and quality assurance was less clear.
It was the best of annual reports, it was the worst of annual reports (with apologies to Charles Dickens), when the two entities: the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training (PPCHET) on Friday 17 October 2014 to explain their 2013-2014 performance.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says human resource development is a societal issue that needs to be addressed if South Africa is to move forward. “If anyone wants to move a country forward, developing human capacity and human skills is the tool that you use.
Personnel and HR management has been included in the gazetted listing of scarce skills - for comment. What are the challenges HR practitioners face today and are they rising to the challenge - read on to consider.
Human Resources (HR) has evolved from being ‘just another function’ in business to a highly regarded strategic force in the rapidly developing new era in commerce.
Professor Dave Ulrich argues that competence multiplied by commitment multiplied by contribution equals talent success, you will no doubt agree that skills development is key to human capital success.
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