Sunday, 3 March 2013

Launch of the Skills Handbook Blog

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the new official blog of The Skills Handbook.

This blog is being launched just in time for the ASTD South Africa's 9th International Conference. I will be presenting a Skills Development Update there and also sharing some of the content on this blog over the coming weeks.

This is a list of the topics I will be covering in future posts:
  • ASTD Conference reportback - highlights and key new ideas discussed
  • The Minister of HET's January and February press briefings and what light they shed on the direction of government strategy
  • The Nedbank Occupational Qualifications Case Study - this could be the biggest success story in workplace learning since the year 2000, a very exciting development that will hopefully be the start of a national (and international) trend in workplace learning
  • Intellectual Apartheid Fights On - the debate around limiting the QCTO to NQF Level 6 qualifications: how can we still be arguing about the importance of workplace learning on the NQF?
  • The QCTO and the HRD Council expand their web presence - good news for workplace learning as communication from both organisations improves
  • Key developments expected from DHET by 1 April 2013 - there are several documents, regulations and policy updates expected as the new financial year starts

The 2013/14 Skills Handbook will be available in the following formats:
  • The hardcopy edition of the book (available approximately June 2013)
  • The eBook edition of the book, on CD-ROM (available approximately May 2013)
  • A downloadable PDF version of the book on Scribd  (available approximately May 2013)
  • The free online book which will be a regular HTML website view of the book rather than a PDF version. Our hope is that this will encourage more interaction than the PDF edition of the book allows. 
  • For those of you who can't wait until the new book is out please contact us about our in-house information sessions for HRD Teams and HR practitioners to update them on all the latest developments.
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