Urgent: Boost Your 2024 Skills Plan: QCTO Updates, AI Readiness, & Latest EE Act

The Workplace Skills Plan submission deadline is fast approaching. While compliance is essential, this is also your chance to maximize the impact of your Learning & Development (L&D) initiatives.

That’s why we’re thrilled to invite you to our free “Community of Experts: Learning & Development in 2024” online event. This event is designed to deliver valuable insights from top South African L&D professionals, helping you shape a future-proof strategy.

Here’s a glimpse into what you’ll learn:

  • Aligning Your Learning Strategy with Your Company Strategy: Gain insights from Josef Mofokeng (Telkom SDF) as he shares his 20 years of experience in preparing staff for the constant changes in technology.
  • QCTO Updates & Implications for Your L&D Plan:

Paul Dlamini (former Services SETA Executive) will guide you on how to respond as all legacy qualifications will expire by the end of June 2024. He will explain how that will affect your training plans and your BBBEE score.

  • Navigating Changes in the Employment Equity Act: Anusha Mariemuthu (BBBEE/EE Consultant) will break down the latest EE Act amendments and their implications for your organization.
  • Preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI: Joel Perry and Stefan Lauber (iFundi) will reveal strategies to future-proof your workforce in an era of rapid technological change.

With 87% of executives rating “building the workforce of the future” as their #1 priority (PwC), the role of the Learning & Develop Manager has never been more important.

Secure your spot today! This event is completely free for the L&D community.

iFundi Orientation: Welcome!

A warm welcome to all iFundi students! We’re thrilled to have you join us on this exciting journey. This two-day online orientation is designed to help you get acquainted with iFundi, its values, and what you can expect during your studies. You will also be equipped with critical Life and Study Skills that will help you to be successful in your learning journey.

Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect:

Day One:

  • Introduction to iFundi
  • Career Planning
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Q&A Session

Day Two

  • How we Teach + Portal
  • Effective Learning

The Future is here: Embrace the Transformative Power of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The Future is here: Embrace the Transformative Power of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Let’s be honest, technological advancements are reshaping our lives exponentially; with operating system software updates being a normal part of our daily routine. Naturally, we have to mutate our skills and abilities to keep up with the ever changing digital landscape and welcome the innovative solutions at the cutting-edge of technology.

iFundi will soon be hosting the first Digital Master Skills Masterclass Programme, designed and curated with the modern learner in mind. If empowering yourself with the digital tools to remain in the lead in your industry or career is something on your agenda, a comprehensive, seven programme Masterclass by iFundi is right up your ally.

The smartest way to tackle the nuances of the new age of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology in business or in the workplace is to educate yourself. By being an active user of these new technological advancements and gaining insights from industry experts, one gains invaluable expertise and learnings that can only make you a better performer in your field.

A lack of understanding of the future of the Robotics Industry for example, has the potential to crumble brands that grew on the backbone of their blue collar workforce. Those that fail to welcome it efficiently, run the risk of falling behind competitors who leverage automation to gain a competitive edge.

With brands and businesses taking their services into the “Metaverse” and beyond, equipping yourself and your business with the tools to comprehensively understand cyber threats and data breaches helps protect one’s digital footprint and cyber identity. We also want our clients to know that their confidential information is safe at all times. It is imperative to learn how the transformative power of an impactful and well protected internet presence, can yield mutual business connections; a community of loyal supports, and financial gains. Embracing Robotics as the face of the 4th Industrial Revolution empowers you to optimize processes and reduce costs, thus enhancing operational efficiency.

Artificial Intelligence can be used to augment productivity and help one gain a competitive advantage in the job market by automating repetitive tasks and keeping you ahead of schedule with performance trackers and automated reminders; all the little ways tech has helped make us better.  Data analytics can now unravel hidden patterns and trends, helping you anticipate your client or future employer’s pain points and provide potential solutions.

As businesses create a digital presence, the need for protection of digital assets and protection of personal information and confidential data becomes more apparent. There is no better time than the present to invest in understanding these technologies to gain strategic advantage and anticipate you’re the needs of your clients. AI has proven proficient in providing personalized customer experiences, leveraging data analytics to optimize operations and robotics have shown innovative solutions to scalability.

As we said, the future is being shaped by technological advancements. And to keep up with the future is to equip yourself with the knowledge and understanding of these technologies. So we put together the seven key themes that will play key roles in the activation of the 4th Industrial Revolution now, pre-packaged them as 60 minute programmes that can be attended virtually or in-person, and brought it right to you, your future leaders.

We at iFundi invite you to join the Digital Master Skills Masterclass 2023. This exclusive programme offers limited seating and we highly advise you register today, for a secure career tomorrow.

Are you ready?

Marking Training for iFundi

Marking Training for iFundi

Storytelling has always been a powerful tool for communication, and it’s no different when it comes to creating learning material. In fact, incorporating storytelling into your learning material can be a highly effective way to engage learners, enhance their understanding, and help them retain information.

Here are some ways in which storytelling can help you create better learning material:

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Capturing attention: Storytelling can help capture learners’ attention by creating an emotional connection and setting a context for the learning material. Stories can be used to introduce a topic, grab learners’ attention, and help them focus on the material.

Making learning memorable: Stories are often more memorable than facts or figures alone. When you use storytelling in your learning material, you can create a memorable experience that learners are more likely to recall later.

Enhancing understanding: Stories can help learners understand complex concepts by making them more relatable and concrete. By providing examples and analogies, learners can better connect with the material and apply it to real-world scenarios.

Increasing engagement: When learners are engaged, they are more likely to participate in the learning process and achieve better outcomes. Storytelling can help make learning more interesting and engaging, leading to better retention and understanding.

Fostering empathy: Stories can help learners develop empathy by putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. This can be especially useful when teaching subjects such as diversity, inclusion, or communication skills.

Creating a sense of community: Stories can help learners feel connected to each other and to the material. When learners share their own stories, they create a sense of community and foster deeper learning.

Inspiring action: Stories can inspire learners to take action by providing them with a clear motivation and a sense of purpose. When learners feel motivated and inspired, they are more likely to apply what they’ve learned in their own lives.

In conclusion, storytelling is a powerful tool for creating effective learning material. By using storytelling to capture learners’ attention, enhance their understanding, and foster empathy, you can create a more engaging and effective learning experience. So, next time you create learning material, consider incorporating storytelling to make it more impactful and memorable.

Preparing the next generation for AI and the digital world of work.

Preparing the next generation for AI and the digital world of work.

With the rapid growth of technology and the looming presence of the 4th Industrial revolution, the workers and employees of tomorrow will need to make AI more than a simple tool. AI will be their assistant, their co-worker and possibly even their manager.

Artificial Intelligence will be an everyday part of their lives. So it is vital that this generation of employee learns to use AI and Big data as effectively as possible. This process needs to begin sooner rather than later.

Preparations must be made to prevent businesses and people entering the workforce from falling behind industry trends. With proper training comes better understanding of these platforms. What are their weaknesses, limitations and their strengths?

This new generation must come to understand that AI and their abilities as employees benefit one another. There must be emphasis on the qualities that differentiate the two from one another. Such as human creativity, adaptability and interpersonal skills versus AI’s impressive response time and handling of large data streams.

While there must be consideration given to elementary and secondary education, the tertiary education sector is where this type of training is most important. Providing education into problem solving and ethics. With the introduction of AI systems, many new ethical dilemmas present themselves: From excluding prejudices based on race, gender and sexual orientation; to influencing automated decision making; to how a self-driving car balances the lives of its occupants with those of pedestrians.

The world needs well trained people and programmers who can make thoughtful contributions to these decision-making processes. We need to take the youth who are preparing to enter the world of work and ensure that they are prepared for what AI and Big data means for businesses. Hurdles that obstruct this process are lack of funding for computer programmes in the majority of schools, as well as a shortage of teachers with experience in computers sciences.

Some are calling on tech companies to compensate for this lack of governmental capacity. To begin investing into the next generation to enable them to understand and interact with the new tech environment. Within a few years their investment would pay off for them in providing a trained and tech savvy batch of new hires. We must begin this process of investing in the next generation as soon as possible. It will benefit not only them, but will pay off for all