2012 - The SAPTA Genesis...
The conception of SAPTA was an idea of founding member Derek Hendrikz to create a community of trainers who support each other.
Initially the idea was formed to protect freelance occupational training professionals from exploitation by training events companies who often failed to pay trainers, cancel on short notice and play trainers off against each other so that they could secure the lowest possible cost of production.
This was a time where the professional training industry had three major stakeholders, namely the customer who had a training need, the training events company who produced the solution and the trainer who did the work. The training events company had sales capacity and thus controlled who gets the work. Freelance trainers on the other hand had no collective power and often took work at minimal daily rates just to keep their bills paid.
The initial idea of such community was very informal. Derek created a 'inner cirle' of trainers and simply referred as much work to them as possible without requesting any commission or reward. The idea was to pay the favour forward, thus every trainer in the circle had to support other trainers they know in the same way. Soon a small informal community was formed. There were no formal meetings but members of the circle would regulary contact each other and discuss the industry and its problems. Mostly training events companies were discussed and trainers would warn each other against companies who followed unethical business practices. Soon an informal training events companies risk assessment was created. Other members of this initial inner circle who also served on the first SAPTA Board, were Charles Cotter and Johan Bosman
It was on Saturday 3 November 2012 at the Dros Resturant in Lynnwood Drive, Pretoria, where the SAPTA founding meeting took place. The meeting was convened by Derek Hendrikz, and attended by 14 people. A discussion document, called SAPTA de Integro was presented by Derek, and SAPTA was conceived.
SAPTA de Integro proposed a governance and strategic frame as well as the establishment of a excecutive council. During the meeting a executive council was elected and tasked with the establishment of the Southern Africa Professional Trainers Association, called SAPTA. This council consisted of 12 members.
Soon after our inaugural meeting, members started registering with SAPTA. This was a very informal process and there were no membership fees. By the end of 2012, SAPTA had 30 members who became known as the founding members of SAPTA.
2013 - The Birth of SAPTA...
As with any birth, SAPTA had no pain-free labour... The beginning of 2013 produced a lot of SAPTA energy. There were many work and task groups dealing with and talking about SAPTA matters.
On 3 January 2012 SAPTA was officially registered at CIPC in South Africa as a non-profit Section 21 Company. During March, the same year, SAPTA registered its bank account and our financial year was established from 1 March to 28 February.
With SAPTA now being official, we could, for the first time, start collecting membership fees. With the first request for membership fees to be paid, SAPTA dropped to only 15 paid members. The executive committee also proved to be quite ineffective with lots of suggestions, lots of arguments and very little action or results. As Winston Churchill rightfully said "Wave the flag and count the heroes. Ask for volunteers and count the flag".
For the remainder of the year the SAPTA Excecutive kept meeting on a monthly basis at the same Dros resturant where it was established. It was mostly hard to say whether these meetings were executive committee meetings or social gatherings. It was often a festive occasion but at times these meetings were riddled with heated disagreements about what SAPTA is, how it should be defined and how is should be managed. There were times when such debates even led to resignations.
At the end of 2013 the executive committee was terminated and a new governance solution had to be negotiated.
Nevertheless, with all the conflicts, jubilations and lack of producing significant results, SAPTA managed to produce two very important documents that year, namely our Manifesto and Code of Ethics. These documents are still unchanged today and has become the foundational building block of a very powerful organisation to be... The first SAPTA Strategy, called the SAPTA Master Scorecard, was also produced in this period.
In hindsight, this difficult year was a very necessary forming and storming phase for the development and growth of SAPTA.
2014 - Governance Begins...
Early in 2014, the Excecutive Committee was replaced by a board of seven members. This became the first SAPTA Board of Directors and comprised of a president, a vice president, a treasurer and four executive board members. All board members were also founding members of SAPTA. They were Derek Hendrikz, Charles Cotter, Johan Bosman, Irene Nelufule, Theuns Eloff, Dharshini Phillay and Robert Ahimbisibwe.
For the first time since conception, SAPTA seemed to take shape. There is no more disputes on our mission, objectives, values and definitions. The board is clear on our strategy and the work of SAPTA is beyond dispute.
We ensure professional training and support professional trainers in Southern Africa by...
Creating and maintaining a training community;
Certifying professional trainers;
Pressurising the training environment to use SAPTA Certified trainers only; and
Supporting and developing our training community.
Thus far, much work is done during 2014. SAPTA's primary policies and procedures are finalised, our PTBoC is approved, the Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) programme is launched, executive sub-committees is established, the TEC endorsement programme is launched, Regional Chapters are founded, Networking and Development Events are run and our first web page is published.
And thus, the SAPTA story continues....
2015 – Growing Pains
During 2015, SAPTA has experienced the hardship of establishing a non-profit organisation that has no to little funding. This was very much a year of negotiating a value proposition to its members.
The establishment of a certification process for trainers was delayed by prolonged negotiations with providers whom we had to convince to outsource our CPT (certified professional trainers) accreditation process. During the end of 2015, we managed to engage KVRQhubeka as preferred provider for this process.
On a high note, 2015 was the year where SAPTA launched its web page and we appointed our first paid Office Manager. Moreover, SAPTA also doubled its membership during this year.
By overcoming major obstacles, SAPTA managed to set the table for a strong trainers Association during 2016...