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Short Learning Programme
Training for Skills Development Facilitators
The Minister DHET announced at the ETDP SETA AGM October 2013 that schools and FET colleges must accommodate SDF interns. There is a great need for public Universities (Higher Education institutions) to present this type of course. The Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) deals with planning organisational structure; staff developing a quality management system for all skills development related activities and conducting skills development administrative initiatives (including SETA grants).

Purpose of the course:

The short course is aimed at providing hands-on, practical outcomes-based information to skills development facilitators, human resource managers/practitioners. It provides education, training, and development in the theory and practice of skills development within the context of the NQF, the Skills Development Act and other relevant legislation.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
NQF Lev 4
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Grade 12 (English and Mathematical literacy)

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  Explain where the SDF fits into the organisational structure Draw an organisational structure that indicates where the candidate-facilitator fits into his/her department
  Demonstrate understanding of a personal development plan

Develop your own personal development plan.

Discuss your service agreement

  Demonstrate knowledge about legislation and levies with regard to skills development Prepare a document to be distributed to the relevant stakeholders in your organisation, containing information as well as advice on legislation and levies paid with regard to skills development
  Explain the benefits of lifelong learning for employees Create a presentation for the training manager on a strategy that can be used when informing employees about the benefits of lifelong learning
  Describe various types of assessment Draw a mind map to visualise your understanding of the various types of assessment
  Explain the concept unit standards in the South African context Explain in your own words why we use unit standards in South Africa
  Demonstrate knowledge about the reasons RPL is used List the different reasons why RPL is used
  Demonstrate knowledge about learnerships

Demonstrate knowledge about learnerships

Describe which type of learnership your company offers

Discuss the reasons why companies would prefer to be part of this initiative

  Discuss learnerships.

Explain the difference between learnerships and skills programmes

List and explain the three sections that learnerships are divided into

  Demonstrate knowledge about the administrative tasks related to skills development

Provide evidence (for example reports, screen prints, etc) of the following:

  1. How and where is relevant data stored
  2. How regular is this data updated
  Explain the concept NLRD

Provide a definition of NLRD


  Describe a skills audit.

Develop a skills audit (needs analysis) document for your organisation


attach an existing example of your organisation’s skills audit and comment on it’s relevance

  Identify training and development needs

Make an appointment with the relevant stakeholders to discuss training and development needs and provide advice on possible strategies to close the identified gaps

Draw up a training plan for the next year and explain why you are concentrating on the specific training interventions as reflected in the plan

  Demonstrate knowledge about training activities and learning interventions

Submit evidence on completed training activities (discuss issues such as assessments, cancelled training, changes to original plan, implementation difficulties, etc.)

Submit evidence on planning and organising learning interventions

  Discuss the impact of the EEA on the workplace skills plan Provide proof of employment equity meeting; minutes; attendance list
  Define and explain quality concepts relating to skills development

Define and explain how the following concepts relate to skills development:


Quality assurance


Summative Assessment: Portfolio of Evidence.
Method of assessment: 
Portfolio of Evidence

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
This short course is aimed at providing learning opportunities to Skills Development Facilitators, human resource managers and human resource practitioners involved with human resource education, training and development.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821