The Univen Innovative Growth Company (UIGC) and the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector – Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA) held a presentation session for Management Development Programme (MDP) participants on 14 November 2017 at 2ten Hotel, Sibasa.

The Management Development Programme is a six month high level training programme targeting middle managers and senior academics from TVET Colleges in South Africa. The Programme is made up of the following modules: Principles of Management; Financial Management; People Management; Basic Economics for Decision Making; Service Delivery and Customer Relationship Management; Project Management and Customer Service.

The primary objective of the Programme was to ensure that at the end of the course the participants should be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of their roles in the transformation of their TVET Colleges into leading and effective institutions.
  • Have a common knowledge of the TVET Colleges landscape and their governance structures.
  • Have a deep understanding of the requirements for project management and customer relationship management.
  • Develop a clear approach to financial reporting and budgeting based on sound understanding of financial management and economics.
  • Understand principles of people management and best practice and their impact on developing the institutional strategic plan.

Facilitators for the programme were drawn from University of Venda lecturers and managers as well as experienced practitioners from other TVET Colleges and industry.

The participants made PowerPoint presentations on what they have learnt from the various modules as well as how they plan to apply their knowledge in their respective workplaces. The presentations were followed by critical discussions on the quality and content for each presenter.

Participants from Vhembe TVET College and Univen staff members who facilitated the programme posing for a photo during the closing ceremony.

Mr Patrick Rachidi advising participants about how to implement skills learned during the training

Univen’s Head of Organisational Development and Training, Mr Patrick Rachidi, who acted as the Programme Manager congratulated the participants for completing the training. He advised the participants to implement the knowledge and skills that they have gained throughout the training. Mr Rachidi emphasized the need for lifelong learning and encouraged participants to register for higher qualifications at the University of Venda. He further advised the participants to cultivate partnerships with stakeholders and communities including farmers, businesses, government departments and agencies as well as other tertiary institutions. Rachidi indicated that these partnerships will help to improve the TVET College Curriculum, create opportunities for research collaborations as well as increased prospects for work based experience for students.

Mr Herbert Ndou, Vhembe TVET College Assistant Director Human Resources Development attended the presentations and encouraged the participants to continue to take advantage of the training opportunities that are made available at the college.

Mr Rother Mashamba (Left) and Mr Nthambeleni Ramavhona (right) expressing their views during the presentation session

Mr Rother Mashamba, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Mr Nthambeleni Ramavhona, Lecturer in Economics represented the facilitators in the programme. Mr Mashamba said that he was impressed with the way the programme was conducted as well as the high level of the presentations. “This shows that the people who were participating in this programme were dedicated and had passion for what they were doing,” he concluded.

Photos of presenters and speakers who were making inputs during the closing ceremony

Issued by:
Department of Communications and Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: 015 962 8525
Date: 23 November 2017

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