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Adults As Learners

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Part of being an effective instructor involves understanding how adults learn best. Compared to children and teens, adults have special needs and requirements as learners. Despite the apparent truth, adult learning is a relatively new area of study. The field of adult learning was pioneered by Malcom Knowles.

He identified the following characteristics of adult learners:

•    Adults are autonomous and self-directed. They need to be free to direct themselves. Their teachers must actively involve adult participants in the learning process and serve as facilitators for them. Specifically, they must get participants’ perspectives about what topics to cover and let them work on projects that reflect their interests. They should allow the participants to assume responsibility for presentations and group leadership. They have to be sure to act as facilitators, guiding participants to their own knowledge rather than supplying them with facts. Finally, they must show participants how the class will help them reach their goals (e.g., via a personal goals sheet).

•    Adults have accumulated a foundation of life experiences and knowledge that may include work-related activities, family responsibilities, and previous education. They need to connect learning to this knowledge/experience base. To help them do so, they should draw out participants’ experience and knowledge which is relevant to the topic. They must relate theories and concepts to the participants and recognize the value of experience in learning.

•    Adults are goal-oriented. Upon enrolling in a course, they usually know what goal they want to attain. They, therefore, appreciate an educational program that is organized and has clearly defined elements. Instructors must show participants how this class will help them attain their goals. This classification of goals and course objectives must be done early in the course.

•    Adults are relevancy-oriented. They must see a reason for learning something. Learning has to be applicable to their work or other responsibilities to be of value to them. Therefore, instructors must identify objectives for adult participants before the course begins. This means, also, that theories and concepts must be related to a setting familiar to participants. This need can be fulfilled by letting participants choose projects that reflect their own interests.

•    Adults are practical, focusing on the aspects of a lesson most useful to them in their work. They may not be interested in knowledge for its own sake. Instructors must tell participants explicitly how the lesson will be useful to them on the job.

•    As do all learners, adults need to be shown respect. Instructors must acknowledge the wealth of experiences that adult participants bring to the classroom. These adults should be treated as equals in experience and knowledge and allowed to voice their opinions freely in class.



BP invests R105m in SA youth development and training

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A partnership between energy group BP and the University of the Witwatersrand has given rise to a R105 million investment across the next 6 years in an effort to develop, train, and equip South African youth. The program endeavors to develop a pipeline of skilled and competent professionals.

The Targeting Talent Programme compliments the governments socio-economic empowerment goals and will benefit more than 900 talented grade 10 to 12 students from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga rural schools between now and 2018. The programme has been running for 6 year and thus far has made it easier for countless individuals to bridge the gap between high school and university over this period.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters praised the programme and partnership between BP and the University of the Witwatersrand and all the assistance and helps it has provided to South Africa youth who continue to find it hard to gain access to university. “This programme is adding value to lives.”

The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) takes a difference approach to education and training, and provides holistic talent development hoping that this will be helpful to South African younger generation to steer clear of the countless negative influences they face in their daily lives. The programme objective is to boost academic, social and psychological preparation of gifted students.

The programme takes place during school holidays running over a 2-3 year period. During this time period, students cover their entire academic curriculum. Subjects such as Maths, Information Technology and Molecular Literacy are some of the subjects taken. The programme helps to inspire learners and build their self-confidence in addition to preparing them to enroll at a local college or university.

Preparing learners for the future

The programme is an initiative that will help and assist to create and develop South African youth to enable them to go into the job market having an entrepreneurial flair. In addition, it prepares and equips young adults to enter the work environment.

Currently, South Africa is undergoing a transformation whereby various skills are required to support the country’s infrastructure building and government goals. The programme hopes produce individuals who will choose to enter areas of study that compliment the government infrastructure goals.

Professor Loyiso Nongxa, a former Wits vice chancellor and TTP founder, commented that the program is extremely personal him and is an instrument that could be employed to address societal challenges such as inequality.

BP chairperson Thandi Orleyn expressed that the company’s backing and investment in this program is to address the developmental needs and requirements of the country.

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Skills development centre offers training to transform student lives

Skills Development centre in Ennerdale is providing young students an opportunity to transform their lives by way of a variety of skills training programs and job placements. The Making a Difference (MAD) Squad Development Centre, which happens to be funded by the government, opened its doors 6 years ago offering courses in welding, boiler making, sewing and fashion design, basic computer training and entrepreneurial projects including life skills.

In a show of support, the Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and her entire executive team and senior management staff traveled to the centre last week. The premier in addition has assigned numerous MEC’s together with heads of department make sure that the process and placement of 50 boiler makers students to various provincial departments comes about.

“MEC for Infrastructure Development Qedani Mahlangu will work closely with you in terms of placement. The government wants to make you better people,” said Mokonyane.

In order to avoid local youth from abusing drugs and alcohol, the premier declared that the local government would offer all the necessary support and access to economic opportunities for the students of the centre. Premier Mokonyane commended the facilitators of the centre for the education and skills development programs they offer, adding that it empowers youth and provides them the cabability to stay away from the social ills that happen to be rife in the region.

“Don’t use drugs. Love yourself enough to say no to drugs. As the government we know that if we don’t deal with the issue of drugs then you won’t have the skills and the talent to look after the country’s economy. You are the future leaders of this province…therefore you need to be responsible citizens,” said Mokonyane.

The premier furthermore has promised to intensify policing efforts in the area to get rid of and arrest all drug dealers. This is not only confined to the Ennerdale region but across all communities.

Local students are ecstatic about the skills development centre and hope that the courses and training available at the centre will provide them with the opportunity to enhance their lives and those of their families.

Welding facilitator at MAD Squad, Enoch Magaye, informed the premier about the lack of machinery and equipment. At the moment the centre only has 3 working bays and requires a minimum of 7 in addition to improved ventilation in order to avoid students getting sick.

For additional information contact the Gautneg Premier’s spokesperson Thebe Mohatle on 082 373 1146


Groen Sebenza project helps train students in the biodiversity sector


Groen Sebenza Project


The  Groen Sebenza project has launched and endeavors to train and skill unemployed youth with the skill sets in the biodiversity sector. The launch of the project was attended by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and forms part of Environment Month celebrations.

The project has been spearheaded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) along with its goal and mission to develop necessary skills and bridge the gap between education and job opportunities within the biodiversity sector. Capital backing and finance for the project is originating from the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s Jobs Fund.

The project’s target audience are young students who have at least a matric or a degree.

At the launch, Molewa communicated her thanks to all partners associated with the project and very proud to unveiling a pioneering project. She also express her excitement for being a part of and playing a leading role in the training and education of young students who happen to be vibrant and confident professional for the country’s biodiversity and natural resource management sector.

“This is a ground-breaking partnership with 33 environmental and biodiversity-focused organisations from all spheres of government, business and the NGO sector. “It is the Department of Environmental Affairs’ hope that the effective implementation of the incubator concept will have a catalytic impact on skills development and job creation,” she said.

Over the next two and half years, the Groen Sebenza project will train and skill roughly 800 out of work youth and place these candidates in skilled across public, private and non-governmental institutions in the local biodiversity sector. The main objective and structure of the project is centered on training, mentoring and workplace-based learning together with the goal to upgrade the skills of a group of young and capable professionals as well as help boost South Africa’s biodiversity sector which wishes to create jobs within the green economy.

A number of the students reaping benefits from this project also sole bread-winners of their extended families. The sole aim of the project is to train and offer matriculants and young professionals with the required skills and knowledge the capability to access the job market in the biodiversity sector.

“We are all aware, the battle against poverty is not won once one gains a qualification from an institution. The challenge within this sector is that students with the right qualifications struggle to bridge the gap between education and employment in the sector,” Molewa said.

SANBI Chief Executive Officer Dr Tanya Abrahamse said ” the project essentially brings to life, the ideals of the vision of a green economy by mobilising for and engendering the involvement of young people in the management of biodiversity through job creation.”

SANBI are confident and believe that the project is an excellent leap forward for the country to cope with the skills shortage in the sector. One success story is for 28 year old Sabelo Linda from Osizweni who holds an Honours degree in Science but was unemployed when joining the project. He is now employed by NCC Environmental Services in Cape Town.


For more info on the Groen Sebenza project – Click here


Source: SAnews.gov.za, sanbi.org (photo)


Primary benefits associated with Continuing Education

Benefits of Continuing Education


Are you presently in a job with little or no future prospects or opportunities of promotion? For those who answered yes to this question then fear not, there are several opportunities to make a career change and pursue your dream job or career. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a career change, enjoy learning, or desire a better paying job, continuing education can be pursued at any time. The fact is, continuing education can unlock doors that were closed in the past or create opportunities for your career.

One of the key reasons that drives individuals to continue with their education is economic conditions. Research has revealed a growing number of individuals signing up for continuing education programs during recessions. There are plenty of reason for this trend, the primary reason being to enhance one’s skills and expertise in order to remain employed or if you are seeking alternative job opportunities. In many instances, certain jobs one may find that the skill sets required can change over time, and as a consequence, demanding that individuals pursue continuing education programs in an effort to prepare for future potential changes. The main reason to continue with one’s education is if you are considering a career change or if your current jobs demands cross functional skills.

In some instances employers demand that their employees continue with their education so as to keep up with innovations and industry standards. Perhaps you have been offered a different position within your company that requires additional advanced skills and training. By way of example, if your company upgrades existing equipment or introduces new computer software and programs which may require employees to undertake additional training. In some professions continuing education is required by law so that you can maintain a license to practice.

Continuing education doesn’t necessarily take place in a classroom environment. You could elect to attend a company workshop, take an online course, or perhaps volunteer in a completely different field. Company workshops have several added benefits particularly when it come to networking with other professionals and learning how the company operates and culture of the company. Online course are convenient considering the fact that it does not requires you to take off time from work or involve additional travel costs and expenses.

A few benefits of continuing education include:

  • Individuals who are employed can boost their chances of promotions and, in turn, demand higher salaries. In some instances individual who are searching for specific jobs are required to continue with their education and complete specialized training courses.
  • Additional education and skills development can boost your marketability in the competitive job market.
  • Continuing education can assist to upgrade or learn additional skills demanded when encountering a career change.
  • Continuing education doesn’t necessarily have to be career related. It is an excellent solution to learn something totally new that is of personal interest.
  • Upgrading your skills sets can improve your social status and image amongst family and social circles.

There are many reason and explanations as to why individual continue with their education. For some it could possibly for the love of learning, whilst for others it could be in order to be eligible for a certain job or promotion. In many cases individual feel that they are unable to pursue their education and go back to college or university on a full time basis simply because they have full time jobs. Many working professionals in full time jobs sign up for continuing education programs on a part time basis at night or even online.

One thing about continuing education is that you can return “school” at any age.