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SPOTLIGHT: JOSEF VAN SCHALKWYK

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Josef completed an Honours Degree in Drama, 1978, at the University of Pretoria. During his studies, he delivered History of Costume Theory and practical lecturing, as a Teaching Assistant and Junior lecturer and afterwards went to work for the Performing Arts Council where his interest in the “backstage” side of theatre was awakened.

Josef became involved with various aspects of theatre and started lecturing the students at what was then known as the Natal Technicon (DUT) in the Theatre Crafts Department. Many years later when he started working at Gearhouse, that same generation of students had become the managers and senior technicians working in the Live Event Industry in their respective fields of interest.

At Gearhouse South Africa’s Durban branch, Josef was tasked with implementing the self-funded Gearhouse Learnership, based on the Live Event Technical Production SAQA registered learnership. Although Gearhouse had been involved with the initial standards development with the Unit Standard Generating Body, the company adapted this to align it more closely with specific career paths within the Live Event Industry, taking the course outside of the SETA requirements for funding. During research for his Assessor accreditation, Josef gained a comprehensive understanding of the needs and processes for skills development using the Outcomes Based Education system.

Josef found the process of re-evaluating and upgrading of the Gearhouse course material both challenging and enlightening.

He hopes to see a unified thrust across all training, basic and further education to bring about credible skills aimed at employability and entrepreneurship.

Mar 28, 2015

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