Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.2 The ability is demonstrated to take responsibility to develop and maintain human resource policy on skills development.

ryanrori January 12, 2021

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Policy on skills development

Skills development is the training and development that the employer provides to his employees in the workplace.

It is often construed that only training that is provided by an outside training provider falls within the definition of skills development.

The definition also includes on-the-job training provided by the employer. In the late 80s, Government started researching a new training methodology – Outcomes-Based Education (OBE). This method of training was adopted from the then Commonwealth training method, which made provision for people qualifying not only by formal education, but also by informal on-the-job training based largely on their experience.

The system made provision for what is now known as “recognition of prior learning” – or  (RPL) –  which basically entails testing a person’s ability to do a specific job and awarding this person either a qualification or credits towards a qualification, based on his current knowledge and ability to perform the required task.

In layman’s terms this means that if a person has been working as a plumber for the last 12 years this person may request a training institution to perform an RPL exam, to assess his capability and award him with a qualification based on his experience. It is therefore possible for him to receive a plumbing qualification based on his experience, without having served a recognized apprenticeship or learnership.

This new training methodology also created what is now known as the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) system, which allows educational levels from different industries to be ranked in parallel on a single system.

In layman’s terms this means that you will be able to draw a parallel between the qualification of a secretary and a salesperson or a chartered accountant and a medical doctor.