TWA ChristmasDecember, 2017 - Our offices will be closing for a short break from 15 December 2017 - 8 January 2018. Thanks to our team, clients and the many Learners with whom we are privileged to have interacted with this year. We wish you all a happy and healthy festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2018. We trust you have enjoyed reading "The Daily Drop" during 2017! We'll be back with more water industry news and articles next year......

Shane Training MaterialsNovember, 2017 - Shane Botha has been with The Water Academy for 7 years. Aside from the founders of the company, Shane is the longest serving member of the team who he says are “like family”. Shane is responsible for the printing, binding and dispatch of Learner Modules and training materials. On the day we spoke, Shane had his printing machines running full tilt preparing for an upcoming Learnership and was surrounded by tall stacks of colourful manuals.

Shane learnt his skills on the job with TWA and now operates 2 state of the art printers and a lay flat binder to produce high quality materials that are used in the field. The job can sometimes be pressurised, especially when there are many learnerships in progress simultaneously. Shane stays calm, even with tight deadlines, and expresses a real enjoyment for his work. He speaks highly and respectfully of his colleagues: “In The Water Academy team everyone is willing to lend a hand to get the job done well”.

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Facilitator wkshop 4 Nov17November, 2017 -The Water Academy’s vibrant, hard working facilitators were invited to the head office in Knysna to meet, connect and share ideas and experiences as well as look at what improvements could be made to ensure our learners continue to receive the quality training they deserve. This is part of The Water Academy’s commitment to staying relevant, current and dynamic and recognising the pivotal role of its facilitators.

Linden Booth, who has run team-building workshops with the office staff before and appreciates the vision and aims of The Water Academy, facilitated the morning session. The facilitators revisited the vision and purpose of The Water Academy before discussing the culture of the organisation and their role within it. Conversation flowed and everyone learned from the stories and experiences of others. 

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Patrick Prins Process ControllerNovember, 2017 - Patrick Prins, a process controller at Witzenberg Municipality, and a learner at The Water Academy, reflects on the changing image of a sewerage worker:

“My life as a sewerage worker commenced nine years ago when I was appointed as a machine operator at Wolseley Waste Water Treatment Works. It also saw the start of a career in an unknown field but has proved to be one of the most significant career moves I ever made. The year 2008 saw the implementation of the Green and Blue Drop award structures, by the Department of Water Affairs, for all municipalities in South Africa. The main objective of this was to make sure all municipalities comply with the national standards set by Water Affairs. As a result the focus point and image of a sewerage worker changed forever. The most beautiful thing of the implementation of the Blue and Green drop structures is that it started opening career opportunities where workers could improve their knowledge and skills through learning activities to boost their careers. 

Not only the image of a sewerage worker has changed but also the name has changed to what is now known as a process controller. What started as a job people turned their noses up at has developed into a career full of opportunities and possibilities. It is a job that brings pride and dignity into the lives of process controllers.

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nqf logoThe South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a statutory body, regulated in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act No. 67 of 2008. It is made up of 29 members appointed by the Minister of Education in consultation with the Minister of Labour. SAQA is mandated by legislation to oversee the development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The functions of SAQA are essentially twofold :

1) To oversee the development of the NQF by formulating and publishing policies and criteria for registration of bodies responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications and for accreditation of bodies responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of such standards and qualifications. 

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