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What Is The Ofo

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What Is The Ofo

  1. 1. ROLE OF THE OFO WITHIN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
  2. 2. Economy Society Report Reflect Industry Needs SETAs DoL QCTO Learnerships Apprenticeships Skills Programmes NOPF Information Provider System Accredited Providers Approved Workplaces & SDB: ENABLES DEMAND DRIVEN OCCUPATIONAL LEARNING SYSTEM Assessment Centres Register Learning Programmes Flow of skills Labour Market ESSA 1 2 3 4 5 8 7 6 NLRD SAQA Occupational Qualifications Curriculum &
  3. 3. BACKGROUND - DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR RESPONSIBILITY <ul><li>During the latter part of 2003 the DoL realised that OLS only meaningful if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>labour market needs are accurately defined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>there is alignment between </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Growth and Development Strategies and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skills Development Strategies required to support it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a common language to speak about and define occupations exist </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. DEVELOPING A COMMON LANGUAGE <ul><li>The starting point was the South African Standard Classification of Occupations (SASCO), but SASCO is outdated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>only 625 distinct occupations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insufficient detail on occupations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In agreement with SETAs it was decided to work with developments in Australia and New Zealand (ANZSCO) </li></ul><ul><li>The end product became known as the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO - Based on ANZSCO) </li></ul>
  5. 5. WHAT IS THE OFO ? <ul><li>Skills based, coded classification system </li></ul><ul><li>Captures all jobs but in the form of occupations (Similar to SASCO) </li></ul><ul><li>Groups occupations in terms of - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>skill specialisation, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>skill level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>into successively broader categories or hierarchical levels (5) that can be used for varying statistical and analysis purposes </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. UNDERSTANDING THE OFO – CONCEPTS USED <ul><li>Occupation is set of jobs that require the performance of similar or identical sets of tasks across a range of contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Skill Specialisation (similarity of tasks) - defined in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Field of knowledge required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools or equipment used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials worked on or information worked with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goods or services provided </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill level - determined by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Range and complexity of the tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level or amount of formal education and training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amount of previous experience in a related occupation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amount of on-the-job training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>required to competently perform the set of tasks required for that occupation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are 5 defined skill levels in the OFO </li></ul>
  7. 7. OFO STRUCTURE Metal Fitters and Machinists Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers Automotive and Engineering Technicians & Trades Workers <ul><li>Descriptor </li></ul><ul><li>List of tasks / skills sets </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptor </li></ul>Computer Numeric Control Setter Diesel Mechanic Fitter-Machinist Fitter-Mechanic Plant Mechanic Maintenance Fitter Aircraft Machinist Automotive Machinist Metal Machine Setter Metal Turner Milling Machinist Radial Driller Fitter (General) Metal Machinist (First Class) 3 rd Digit Minor Group 323 2 nd Digit Sub-major Group 32 4 th Digit Unit Group 3232 Technicians and Trades Workers 5+6 th Digits Occupation 323201 323204 1 st Digit Major Group 3
  8. 8. DESCRIPTOR AND TASKS: Unit Group level METAL FITTERS AND MACHINISTS fit and assemble the fabricated metal parts into products, and set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings . Tasks or Skills: Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and sub-assemblies to produce machines and equipment Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines Preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment May erect machines and equipment on-site
  9. 9. OCCUPATIONAL DESCRIPTORS Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment. 323203 Fitter-Welder (Skill Level 3) 323201 Fitter (General) (Skill Level 3) Fits and assembles metal parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment. 323202 Fitter and Turner (Skill Level 3) Fits, assembles and welds metal parts and sub-assemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment. 323204 Metal Machinist (First Class) (Skill Level 3) Sets up and operates machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications. Sets up, adjusts and maintains industrial or domestic sewing machines, or machines used in the production of yarn, textiles or footwear. 323205 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic (Skill Level 3)
  10. 10. OVERALL BENEFIT OF THE OFO <ul><li>Links industry needs to training interventions and job oppertunities </li></ul>I am a … I could be The path is… The path is… We need a …
  11. 11. BENEFITS OF THE OFO - DOL <ul><li>Provides a common language for collecting and reporting on information related to occupations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underpins Department of Labour’s ESSA System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compiling national scarce and critical skills list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Registration of job seekers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Registration of job vacancies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linking job-seekers to job opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learnership registration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Makes information more manageable (HSRC validation of National Scarce skills list) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 year period and 3 national newspapers : 125 000 advertisements for jobs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unique job titles: 28 000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mapped to OFO: 1200 occupations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. BENEFITS OF THE OFO - COMPANIES <ul><li>Not only to be used for compliance – adds value to processes </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used as tool to develop Workplace Skills Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>already used as basis for all Government Departments WSPs – through DPSA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can link personal profiles to job profiles and job profiles to occupational profiles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>informs the development of individual development plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use for competency assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clarifies the concept of “relevant experience” in job advertisements and limits irrelevant application: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Relations Officer: 961 applications – 73 CVs had the required qualification and experience (7%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economist: 1116 applications – 142 CVs had the required qualification and experience (14%) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Occupation Profile Park Ranger Skills: Analytical Knowledge: Concervation Qualifications: NQF Level 6 Professional Registrations: SANP Experience: 5 years in field of exp Game Warden Skills: Analytical Knowledge: Concervation Qualifications: Nat Dip: Conservation Professional Registrations: SANP Physical Ability: No Restriction Experience: 5 years Enviro M Mr Joe Soap Skills: Analytical Knowledge: Concervation Qualifications: Degree: B Sc Conservation Professional Registrations: SANP Physical Ability: Sight Disability Experience: 7 years Enviro M Job / Post Profile Expert Advanced Basic Working Personal Development Plan Training and Development Plan WSP & ATR National & International (OFO) Specific Company Person in a Post
  14. 14. BENEFITS OF THE OFO – QCTO: Occupational Qualifications Framework (OQF) <ul><li>The 5 skill levels of the OFO provide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an indicative link to the 10 NQF levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>some guidance towards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the formal education and training needs as well as the </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>requisite amount and type of workplace experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> to ensure a learner is able to practice the occupation and </li></ul><ul><li> to be build into the occupational qualification </li></ul><ul><li>Using the occupation as staring point would eliminate duplication i.t.o qualifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1233 occupations and not all will have occupational qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 6 apprenticeship schedules for plumbers registered under 6 different SETAs, one SETA developed qualification at level 3 and two FET College qualifications, one each at levels 2 and 3. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. BENEFITS OF THE OFO – QCTO: Curriculum Development <ul><li>The skill specialisation (i.e. the tasks or skills sets) at unit group level of the hierarchy provides – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a link to the relevant SAQA learning fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greater guidance in terms of the required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>work experience activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for the general component of the curriculum and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>qualification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>guidance towards d eveloping occupational tasks for occupational profile </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Metal Fitters and Machinists <ul><li>Descriptor </li></ul><ul><li>List of tasks / skills sets </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptor </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify overlaps between qualifications and simplify implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure horizontal progression </li></ul>BENEFITS OF THE OFO – QCTO: Curriculum Development (Cont) Computer Numeric Control Setter Diesel Mechanic Fitter-Machinist Fitter-Mechanic Plant Mechanic Maintenance Fitter Aircraft Machinist Automotive Machinist Metal Machine Setter Metal Turner Milling Machinist Radial Driller Fitter (General) Metal Machinist (First Class) 4 th Digit Unit Group 3232 5+6 th Digits Occupation 323201 323204
  17. 17. <ul><li>The National Occupational Pathway Framework (NOPF) will – </li></ul>BENEFITS OF THE OFO – QCTO: Basis of NOPF <ul><ul><li>direct the scope of Communities of Expert Practices (CEPs) to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ensure vertical progression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>clarify role players for CEP processes </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Mining support worker Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers Mining Technicians Mining Engineers and Technologists

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