RPL journey- W&RSETA RPL Pilot Study Presenter: Inger Marrian

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2 RPL journey- W&RSETA RPL Pilot Study Presenter: Inger Marrian

3 Presentation Structure 1. RPL Conference RPL Grants 2013

4 RPL Conference Outcomes of the conference Employers view RPL as an onerous process, very labour intensive without having any real return on investment Labour view RPL as an opportunity for members to be recognised for their work experience and supports mass implementation The developed RPL toolkit has been fully embraced and customised and although customised needed updating. There is a dire need for a structured model for successful RPL implementation to be achieved Need for a pilot project

5 What was supposed to have happened The project aim : pilot RPL in the three major provinces Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal and Western Cape The objectives of the project were to: Develop a model for RPL implementation for the W&R sector Develop a funding model for the implementation of RPL in the sector Develop best practice guidelines for RPL Update the W&RSETA RPL toolkit Capacitate Unions

6 Actual project implementation: Project was implemented in two provinces ( KZN and Gauteng) KZN rural focus and for skills programme Area- Mtubatuba and Empangeni Employer- the Power Spar Group Training provider- Edutel Wholesale and Retail Academy ( Pty) was the lead provider and was assisted by Ubuhle HR Programme Cashier / Till Operator ( OFO: ) Learners: 15 employed Learners

7 project implementation: KZN Job profiles and performance areas matched with specific outcomes and assessment criteria Assessment instruments were developed to address gaps and sent for approval to W&RSETA Learner selection and Identification was done by management and Ubuhle A motivational letter was required An induction was done with the Super Spar HR department, the store managers and learners Programme ran from September April Managers and Supervisors served as workplace coaches Assessment- training assessment Direct Observations and POE building

8 KZN : Successes All 15 Learners successfully completed external moderation was done and the assessment decision was upheld. All 15 Learners received skills programmes certificates for the Cashier occupation and obtained credits towards the Wholesale and Retail Operations NQF 2 qualification Challenges RPL exercise was very costly, cost more than the normal skills programme grant Distances and to be travelled Learner preparedness for the assessment All learners needed to be taken through classroom facilitation Communication barriers Candidate screening

9 KZN : Recommendations Better planning for assessments to minimise travel costs Plan for costs for interpreters in Rural areas

10 Actual project implementation: GP urban focus and for a full qualification ( learnership) Area- Woodmead, Germiston and Strubens Valley Employer- Makro Training provider- Edutel Wholesale and Retail Academy ( Pty) Programme National Certificate : Wholesale and Retail Operations Learners: 15 employed Learners

11 project implementation: GP Learner selection was based on the Makro policy where opportunities are advertised and staff needed to apply Candidates had to complete an RPL application form and write a motivation Candidates were subjected to a pre- assessment to determine there readiness for the RPL Most candidates held a matric certificate but the Math Fundamental was identified as a gap Orientation of learners on the Math Fundamentals was done Facilitation, assessment and moderation was done on the fundamental Maths US

12 project implementation: GP Job profiles were linked to the assessment criteria Meeting was held with the managers to confirm the learners competencies and skills gaps and then with learners Evidence gathers were capacitated to assist learners with the evidence gathering process Roll out plan for the core and elective Unit standards was developed and implemented Assessment instruments were updated and submitted for approval On the job observations were primary ( Australian model) Learners attended training for those unit standards for which they did not qualify for RPL Achievements were uploaded on the SETA MIS

13 GP : Successes External moderation and certification took place Feedback was obtained from learners and employers through a questionnaire administered by the provider All 13 Learners successfully completed external moderation was done and the assessment decision was upheld. Learners received skills programmes certificates of competence for the qualification Wholesale and Retail Operations NQF 2 Learners were positive about their work and more familiar with the company POS Store managers found the process undisruptive Learners were happy

14 Challenges Evidence gatherers found the SAQA language challenging Trading peak period form October January resulted in delays no training or assessment could be done One learner found the pace too fast Evidence gatherers needed more training than anticipated Managers and learners opinion on the learners competence differed RPL toolkit was not user friendly Recommendations Better planning around business trading periods Evidence gatherers need to be trained on the US they need to assist learners on

15 Overall Project Successes and Recommendations Model for RPL implementation Funding model for RPL should be 75% of learnership or skills programme grant RPL toolkit has been updated and made more user friendly Mentors and Coaches need to be trained for the sector Need for both the Observation and POE model RPL toolkit includes good practice guidelines

16 Partners in the process

17 RPL Pilot project Current Project Status Discretionary grants for RPL Learners :767 Employers :46 Providers : 8 Regions :EC,GP, L, MP, NW and WC Programmes various qualifications and learnerships Further Education and Training Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Generic Management National Certificate in Wholesale and Retail Operations Supervision National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Chainstore Operations National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Distribution National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Merchandising Operations National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Stock Control in a distribution centre National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail: Retail Sales