Workforce Development for LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

CENLED professional development programme for local economic development practitioners

 

CENLED was established in 2008 as a centre in the Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). CENLED is managed by a Director and a management committee, and overseen by a Governance Board, consisting of representatives from the university and the LED profession in South Africa.

CENLED aims to professionalise the careers of LED practitioners working in local government. The strategic objectives of CENLED are to:

  • Provide leadership and excellence in Local Economic Development (LED)
  • Promote the placement of qualified people in the field of Local and Community Economic Development
  • Promote LED as a distinct, recognised and self-governing profession
  • Build partnerships with communities, and
  • Contribute to South Africa’s and Africa’s economic wellbeing.

 

CENLED enjoys the support of the following stakeholders:

  • Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
  • Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)
  • Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
  • Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)
  • South Africa LED Network
  • South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA), and
  • World Bank Institute.

 

CENLED joined hands with the DTI and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) based in Washington D.C. to develop and offer a professional development curriculum aimed at promoting skills and competencies for persons working in local economic development to become certified economic developers.

 
2.         The purpose and development of the CENLED programme

CENLED initiated the programmes in LED to respond to identified need after discussions with key stakeholders. The LED Framework 2006-2011 and the “Turnaround strategy for Local Government” confirm the need for professionals in the LED field.

The purpose of the CENLED programmes is to develop the competence of LED practitioners to promote economic development in their work environments to the benefit of local communities. The programmes are focused on developing practical skills and essential competencies in economic development practice in selected fields of economics to enable participants to apply relevant theory in their own work environments. The list of LED programmes developed under the auspices of CENLED is included as Annexure A.

CENLED invited public higher education institutions to develop and implement the LED programmes. The purpose of the university consortium is to build capacity in such institutions across the country to support local and district municipalities in promoting LED.

The following institutions are currently participating in this consortium: Universities of the Free State, Johannesburg, USB-ed, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Pretoria, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Walter Sisulu and Western Cape, the Tshwane University of Technology and possibly Venda, Fort Hare and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The learning materials for the programmes were developed by selected subject matter experts from these institutions who have practical experience in their areas of expertise and who have an understanding of local government. All the institutions in the consortium are entitled to offer the CENLED programmes, subject to the terms of the consortium short learning programme agreement.

 

3.         Target group and access to the CENLED programmes

The CENLED programmes were designed to serve the needs of diverse target groups, including:

  • Staff employed in local and district municipalities and metropolitans to head up LED
  • LED and other managers in municipalities and in district municipalities
  • LED experts in provincial departments and in public entities that have an interest in promoting LED, e.g. SALGA and CoGTA
  • Students enrolled in higher education students who are interested in careers in local government, and
  • Persons in organisations that have a symbiotic role to play in promoting LED, e.g. business associations, CSI practitioners, entrepreneurs, etc.

The programmes cater for the diversity among the participants. It recognise there will be differences in levels of knowledge, experience and expertise in the subject matter, approaches to LED, as well as differences in ages, cultural backgrounds and learning preferences.

Participants have the option of completing the CENLED programmes individually as stand-alone learning experiences or as part of a qualification.

 

4.         Learning resources

The learning resources that are provided for each CENLED programme are listed below.

  • Learner Guide, to be used by the participants enrolled in the CENLED programmes, and the main reference document.
  • Facilitator Guide, to be used by the facilitators of the CENLED programmes – this document contains Guidelines for Facilitators (inserted in text boxes in the main text) and the Guidelines for Mentors (at the end of each Facilitator Guide) in addition to the text in the Learner Guide, and
  • Portfolio of Evidence, to be compiled by the participant and submitted for formal assessment after completing the work-based summative assignment, together with the supporting documents relevant to the assignment of the CENLED programme.

 

5.         Assessment of the programmes

5.1.      Summative assignment

Participants will have to complete one summative assignment for each CENLED programme. The summative assignments are described in detail in the Learner Guide (and repeated in the Portfolio of Evidence). These assignments have to be completed in the workplace after completing the CENLED programme, and require the application of theory in addressing real challenges in the LED work context. The assignments describe the minimum requirements for successful completion of the programmes. The specifications in the summative assignments must be adhered to in order to ensure consistency in the programmes delivered by different institutions. Credits will only be awarded for assignments that meet the minimum requirements. These assignments are also linked to the prerequisites for professional designation.

These assignments will generally be assessed by the facilitator of the programme, or a person designated by the institution that offered the programme. In cases where credits will be awarded for the programmes towards qualifications awarded by higher education institutions, the institution’s requirements relating to assessment and moderation will have to be met. Every participant should have access to a mentor in the workplace to guide and assist him/her to complete the summative assignment and to produce the documents for the assignment. CENLED has produced a guide for these mentors, Mentorship for LED that will be available to all mentors performing this role.

 
5.2.      Formative assignments

In addition to the summative assignments, participants will also complete numerous formative activities during the contact sessions and during self-study. These are designed to assist participants during the learning process, and are not formally assessed. Examples are discussions of case studies, small group discussions on LED challenges and the analysis of the current strategic/planning documents of the local municipality. The formative activities in the Learner Guides are not a prescribed requirement and therefore facilitators are free to replace these with their own. Facilitators must be encouraged to use practical exercises and case studies that are relevant to the specific learner group.

 

6.         National and international recognition

6.1.      Articulation with registered qualifications

CENLED has negotiated agreements with higher education institutions for the articulation of some of the CENLED programmes with LED-focused qualifications. Currently, participants are able to gain credits towards the following qualifications, subject to internal university requirements:

  • Bachelors of Economics (LED) of the University of the Western Cape (UWC)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in LED of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Professional Masters in LED of the UJ (still in development).

Participants who have successfully completed the summative assignment of some or all CENLED programmes will be able to approach one of these institutions to gain credits towards qualifications. The articulation with qualifications is indicated in Annexure C.

 
7. Professional registration of LED professionals

CENLED also negotiated an agreement with IECD for the accreditation of South African participants who completed LED programmes as LED professionals. CENLED will administer the IECD registration process. The three categories of LED professionals and the requirements for each are indicated below:

  • Affiliate Economic Developer: Requirements is an LED qualification on Level 4 to 6 (or a relevant Level 6 qualification with four Core CENLED modules), but work experience and IECD exam are not required
  • Associate Economic Developer: Requirements are a Level  6 or 7 LED qualification, four Core CENLED programmes, a minimum of three years relevant work experience and successful completion of the prescribed IECD exam, and
  • Certified Economic Developer:  Requirements are a Level 8 or 9 LED qualification that should include four Core and two other CENLED programmes, a minimum of five years relevant work experience and successful completion of the prescribed IECD exam.

 

8. List of CENLED programmes

The following is the list of CENLED programmes that are approved for  accreditation:

  • Accounting and Finance for LED
  • Applied Project Management for LED
  • Applied Public-Private-Partnerships
  • Applied Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development
  • Applied Trade and Industrial Policy for LED
  • Economics for LED Practitioners
  • Enabling Mechanisms for LED (Core CENLED programme)
  • Interactive LED Research Project
  • Introduction to LED (Core CENLED programme)
  • Investment promotion for Economic Development
  • Leadership for Sustainable Economic Development
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Compiling a local development profile (Core CENLED programme)
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Strategies from Statistics (Core CENLED programme)
  • Managing Economic Development Organisations
  • Marketing Management for LED
  • Mentorship for LED
  • Promoting Local Economic Development through Entrepreneurship and SMMEs
  • South African Business Retention and  Expansion
  • Workforce Development for LED 

 

9. List of acronyms and abbreviations

CENLED

Centre for Local Economic Development

IDP

Integrated Development Plan

IEDC

International Economic Development Council

LED

Local Economic Development

NQF

National Qualifications Framework

SLP

Short learning programme

T-t-T

Train-the-Trainer

UJ

University of Johannesburg

  

10. LED Programmes & Qualifications – NQF Levels 4-9

CENLED Short Learning Programmes

Proposed 4 CORE PROGRAMMES 
for Associate status

  • Introduction to LED (Level 7)
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Compiling a local development profile (Level 6)
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Strategies from Statistics (Level 6)
  • Enabling Mechanisms for LED (Level 7)[/quarter]

ELECTIVE PROGRAMMES 
(Level 8 except where indicated)

  • Applied Trade and Industrial Policy for LED (Level 7)
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Compiling a local development profile (Level 6)
  • LED Quantitative Analysis – Strategies from Statistics (Level 6)
  • Managing Economic Development Organisations
  • Investment promotion for Economic Development
  • Applied Project Management for LED
  • South African Business Retention and Expansion
  • Applied Public-Private-Partnerships
  • Promoting Local Economic Development through Entrepreneurship and SMMEs
  • Leadership for Sustainable Economic Development
  • Applied Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development
  • Applied Trade and Industrial Policy for LED
  • Mentor guide for LED
  • Workforce Development for LED

UWC – B ECON (LEVEL 8)

YEAR 1: Level 7
Introduction to LED [/quarter]

YEAR 2: Level 6
Economic profiling and quantitative analysis (Year 2, Level 6) [combining: LED Quantitative Analysis – Compiling a local development profile & LED Quantitative Analysis – Strategies from Statistics]

YEAR 3: Level 7

  • LED – Regional development and clustering
  • Industrial Policy [CENLED title: Applied Trade and Industrial Policy for LED]
  • Enabling Mechanisms for LED

ELECTIVES: Year 4, Level 8

  • Managing Economic Development Organisations
  • Investment promotion for Economic Development
  • Applied Project Management for LED
  • South African Business Retention and Expansion
  • Applied Public-Private-Partnerships

UKZN: Post-Graduate Diploma in LED (LEVEL 8) 

  • Accounting and Finance for LED
  • Economics for LED Practitioners
  • Marketing Management for LED
  • Interactive LED Research Project
  • LED and Developmental Government
  • Strategic and Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management for LED
  • Sustainability in LED

Note 1: Electives from the CENLED short learning programmes can be 

added to this qualification

Note 2: UKZN modules included in the CENLED list

  • Accounting and Finance for LED
  • Economics for LED Practitioners
  • Marketing Management for LED
  • Interactive LED Research Project

Note 3: UKZN modules that articulate with CENLED short learning programmes – [Recognition can be given, subject to completion of  the summative assessment of the CENLED SLP]

  • LED and Developmental Government
  • Strategic and Project Management
  • Sustainability in LED

UJ: Proposed Professional Masters in LED (LEVEL 9)

Topics to be covered relating to LED could 
be selected from the following list:

  • Microeconomic Issues in LED
  • Macroeconomic Issues in LED
  • Applied Econometric Techniques for LED
  • Research Methodology of Economics
  • Minor Dissertation in LED  topic
  • Trade and Industrial Policy
  • Finance & Development
  • Labour Market Issues
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Poverty and Inequality

Other LED-relevant topics

 

 
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