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NEWSLETTER 10
 
If career counselling is your business you have to read this...
 
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We have just had the opportunity to read through the Draft Policy: Building an effective and integrated career development services system for South Africa" published in the Government Gazette, 3 June 2016. Feedback on this document has to reach Ms Salome Mashabela (Mashabela.S@dhet.gov.za) before the 30th of June (or 60 days from the date of publication). This document should also be read with a document called "Competency Framework for Career Development Practitioners in South Africa" (March 2015).

There is no doubt that high quality career guidance could make a considerable difference in the lives of young and/or unemployed people in South Africa. The dilemma, for Government is to ensure easy access to such services in an affordable way whilst ensuring that the service is done in a professional, skilled, informed and ethical manner. Many agree that unemployment in South Africa exceeds 35%, if those who have given up looking for employment is included in the figure. The situation is dire and having a limited number of Psychologists and Psychometrists to offer these services is not enough. Although the context of each country is different , the Government has researched similar career strategies implemented in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and Canada.

Currently, in addition to Psychologists, Psychometrists and Counsellors providing career services, there are many others who already work in the broader context of career development and yet others who would be interested in providing such a service. For this reason the following suggestions (amongst others) are made in the Draft Policy:
Career development Practitioner (CDP) will in future refer to a specific career and may be monitored by institutions like StatsSA
Career Development Practitioners will have to register as CDP's at an independent accrediting institution
There will be three tiers of CDP's – those who are "Entry Level", "Advanced Level" and "Specialised level"
Each of the CDP level practitioners will have access to appropriate training and will be able to progress from 1 tier to the next
A set of competencies are defined for each of the levels and this will guide the training required
The process will be supported by web-based information systems, helplines and call centres, publications, research, exhibits, campaigns, market surveys and setting up walk-in centres

We suggest that you read the documents, evaluate the reasonableness of the document and its impact on your business. Respond should you deem it necessary. JvR is also in the process of studying the document, formulating our thoughts and submitting our feedback. Should you wish to discuss with us our view of the document(s) feel free to come and have a cup of coffee or contact us directly at jopie@jvrafrica.co.za.

Kind Regards
Dr Jopie De Beer
CEO: JvR Africa Group  | Managing Director: JvR Psychometrics
 
 
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