Who presents the Lead The Field AET programmes?

Ideally, in-house company employed facilitators should facilitate AET projects once they had been trained by Lead The Field in how to use the specialized programme. The programme comes complete with LAB administrator guide, and learner’s workbooks. 

Are Lead The Field’s suggested AET Levels 1 – 4 (NQF1) English and Numeracy Programmes Certifiable?

Yes, these programmes are certifiable after successfully complying to the NQF Unit Standards.  The certification will be done via their internal SDF (Skills Development Facilitators), trainers and assessors after RPL or placement into Learnerships or Skills Programs.

What does the Lead The Field’s AET programme provide?

For the illiterate, the first step suggested is to become literate in his/her mother tongue.

Once the “Prior Learning Level” had been established and certified through the above procedure, what needs to be done to enter the candidate trainee in an official learnership?

After assessment the candidate needs to be counselled and guided into a career path development programme meeting the requirements of the Employment Equity Act and Skills Development plan. If the candidate trainee does not meet the requirements of the “Fundamental English and Numeracy” outcomes for NQF level 1, he/she need to be placed in a bridging/gap training programme such as the accelerated AET programmes suggested by Lead The Field. Candidates should be re-assessed with the LAB at the end of the training to establish if he/she has met the requirements.

Can LAB assessments and training costs be claimed via the company’s skills levy contributions?

The LAB Administrator training, kit and LAB unit costs may be recovered from mandatory SETA grants on submission of the Work Skills Plan. Grants may also be recovered from discretionary SETA and NSF grants for AET. (GET and FET Fundamentals Literacy and Numeracy recognition).

With whom are the LAB Administrators registered with?

LAB Administrators who had achieved the LAB030 credits on verification of their LAB Portfolios will be registered on the NLRD as maintained by the ETDP SETA and by Lead The Field who will issue a Competency Certificate reflecting their NLRD number and NQF credits earned as endorsed by the ETDP SETA.

Can organisations utilizing the LAB use Lead The Field accreditation status?

LAB Administrators who were trained by LTF may use the accreditation status only for the LAB assessment tool which assesses the level of competency in the “fundamental band,” literacy and numeracy. Organisations may apply to their SETA for training provider accreditation status.

Can a LAB Administrator, trained by Lead The Field, achieve NQF credits?

Yes, the LAB Administrators can achieve NQF credits on submission of a LAB Portfolio after attending training of the LAB course. NQF Level 4, 10 credits for unit standard 7386: Assess learners within a learning situation; and NQF level 6, 8 credits for unit standard 117864: Advise and counsel learners. The LAB Administrator who meets these criteria will be certified and registered on the National Learners Records Database (NLRD). The Competency Certificates reflecting the credits earned and ETDQA official logo will be issued by Lead The Field after the successful processing of the candidate’s portfolio.

Can the LAB’s RPL results be officially used to share a qualification as proof that the learner is competent in meeting the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) as part of the NQF qualification?

Yes, the results of the LAB’s RPL assessment to determine the “fundamental” levels of literacy and numeracy, can be used by the respective organisation who must be accredited by their respective SETA and registered to access the (NLRD) National Learners Records Database management system, and its accredited and registered SDF (Skills Development Facilitator). The assessor of the LAB Programme can issue Literacy and/or Numeracy Competence AET/NQF certificate based on the LAB results.

How can the LAB’s learning potential assessment assist the trainer in grouping or selecting candidates for training?

LAB results enables the trainer to place candidates with similar abilities in specific groups, i.e. fast learners with fast learners, medium learners with medium learners and slow learners with slow learners, thus preventing drop-outs which could result from fast learners being placed in a slow learners group and becoming frustrated or, vice versa, slow learners placed in the same group as fast learners and not being able to keep up with the tempo of learning of the fast learners and thus becoming a drop-out.

How can the LAB be used to identify talent and potential of workers who are already employed within the organisation?

The major function of the Learning Ability Battery (LAB) is to establish the potential and ability to learn anything, i.e. slow, medium or fast learners. The LAB assesses vital elements necessary for learning such as dexterity (hand-eye co-ordination for hands-on applications such as writing and handcrafts), long and short term memory, visual perception, quantitative perception, visual insight into the required task and seeing the whole picture (Gestalt).

The LAB programme assures that a high standard of stanine calculation, standardisation and effective reporting is maintained. The individuals’, as well as that of the groups assessed, average is expressed in a percentile (regardless of number of individuals in various groups which had been consolidated). The programme incorporates a search facility, which can identify specific levels of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or age groups. LAB consolidates the selected groups and identifies the individual within the group assessed.

High performers in the learning potential section of the LAB are identified as having the potential to be trained as supervisors and/or managers within the organisation.

Has the LAB Programme which assesses prior learning levels in the fundamental band of Literacy and Numeracy been recognised and accredited by the ETDQA?

Yes, the LAB programme is accredited, ETDP SETA Accreditation No: 7416/  Registration No:812 valid until March 2018.

Is it Lead The Field who provide the Learning Ability Battery a Registered Provider?

Yes, Lead The Field is registered with ETDP SETA Accreditation