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HP Business Training starts new cycle of Sales and Product training - January 2008

IPG has completed the 2006 cycle of Supplies Selling Skills to its Channel Partners. To date, 1285 delegates attended the 4 modules which made up the Selling Skills Training. The Certificate Ceremony will take place towards the end of January 2007 and then we will commence with the Core and Update Sessions.

Core Training will consist of HP information, selling skills and market trends, laserjet and inkjet cartridges and media, end-user programmes and channel programmes.

Update Training will include information on the supplies market place and HP’s strategy to increase the business, new printers and their supplies, other printing supplies news, new sales opportunities, all obsolete products and HP’s channel support and marketing programmes.

IPG's priority for the first half (Oct to Mar) of the HP financial year (FY07) will be to conduct sessions in the Regions but most important will be to conduct training to HP's Retail Partners.

Martin Stevens will be conducting sessions at the Retail Partners offices* and at HP so if you would like a session at your offices, please contact Martin on 082 737 5632 or on 072 095 1130 or email
(* Please note that this applies to Retail Partners only)

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) goes into Africa - October & November 2006

Hewlett Packard Africa has appointed Martin Stevens as the Supplies Business Trainer for Africa. The first training sessions were successfully presented in Lagos, Nigeria during October 06. November saw the second leg being conducted in Windhoek, Namibia. The training sessions were well attended, the skills shared were well received and the feedback from the programme was exceptional. The HP IPG Authorised Distributors & Reseller programme was also launched at the end of the training session. Softskills wishes to congratulate those Partners who achieved this prestigious status. Consumers may now purchase HP products directly from these authorised Partners in Namibia.

Martin was excited about the training and said, "It really is an honour for us to contribute to HP's aggressive strategy of skills development which ties in well with initiative such as NEPAD which President Mbeki has set out for Africa's development".
Watch this space for more news on the African Training Experience.

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) Trainer appointed as HP Anti-Counterfeit Awareness Trainer, May 2006

Martin Stevens has been appointed as the EMEA South African region Trainer for Hewlett Packard’s Anti-Counterfeit Awareness Programme. This programme aims to educate HP's customers about the risks and damaging consequences of using counterfeit consumables including Inkjet and LaserJet cartridges.

Counterfeiting in a general sense is the unauthorised application or use of a trademark on goods without approval of the brand owner.
The risks and consequences for victims of counterfeit printing supplies include: 
* Counterfeit cartridges can cause a variety of risks such as substantial loss of print quality, lower yields, high failure rates and ink or toner leakage.
* Counterfeit cartridges can lead to more calls to the IT help-desk and the need to procure replacement cartridges, which means lost work time and reduced productivity.
* Counterfeit cartridges might damage a company‘s entire printer infrastructure, causing considerable repair costs and incalculable workflow consequences.
* Counterfeit cartridges render equipment warranties null and void.

This training initiative is available to Channel Partners, their Customers and other users of HP products. More information can be requested from HP Anti-Counterfeit Training

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) takes a new strategic direction within The Softskills Alliance.

Having experienced phenomenal growth since its inception, The Softskills Alliance has contributed to a corporate presence and customer appreciation of Softskills Consultants, its services and its partners. The Alliance started when Softskills began creating partnerships with its clients when we began delivering programmes such as Negotiation Skills, Sales and Business Management Development. Since then, other empowerment organisations have joined our partnership. They include:
* AB & Associates Training Services (High Level Programmes)
* Club 21A (Transport to Training Venues, e.g. off-site teambuilding)
* Knowledge Quest Consulting Services (Assessments and RPL's)
* Mohkine Legal Services (Labour Relations)
* Nemesis Consulting South Africa (Assessments and RPL's)
* Smart Solutions (Computer Training in Microsoft Packages)
* MB Services (Pastel Training)

History to the design of the logo Softskills Logo

The logo was designed using Corel Draw. The initial option for a logo consisted of a book of knowledge, a fountain of knowledge, a person thinking and an atlas with a book embedded in it. As the design process continued, so did the frustration of choosing the right logo to give off the right message. From the atlas design, we used a textured ball design and then, probably more through frustration than creativity, the atlas was manipulated into 5 objects, each representing an area of speciality within the company, namely business skills, interpersonal skills, ETQA, labour services and youth development.

Softskills Training Consultants (STC) had a new logo...just like that!

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) establishes a working partnership with Knowledge Quest Consultants to provide accreditation for learning programmes

In line with our vision of providing the best services and programmes by establishing partnerships with industry leaders, Softskills welcomes Knowledge Quest Consultants into The Softskills Alliance.  Together with Knowledge Quest, Softskills Training Consultants (STC) continues to deliver high quality training programmes, assessments and legal services thus ensuring that our clients are able to achieve real-world results and a definite Return On Investment (ROI). In this vein, our new partners join The Softskills Alliance and bring on board their extensive experience in training, assessments, moderation and legislative services.

Knowledge Quest conducts ETQA Assessments and Moderation for all the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta's) such as the Services Seta and also boasts numerous CCMA Commissioners in its employ.

Visit Knowledge Quest's website

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) partners with AB & Associates Training to provide high level training skills in the Softskills Alliance

Realising the need for strategic interventions at senior management and boardroom level, AB & Associates Training joins Softskills Training Consultants (STC) and The Softskills Alliance and partners with us to provide quality accredited training programmes.

AB & Associates Managing Director, Tania Barlow is fully committed to skills development and she has extensive experience within the HR and Training fields and has guided the policies of reputable organisations such as Volkswagen SA and Iveco before using her considerable skills to launch her consultancy. Other reputable clients include Microsoft and Ford Motor Company. Tania was instrumental in developing and conducting the successful Axiz Ledibogo Business Partner Programme aimed at skilling Previously Disadvantaged Individuals in the ICT Sector.

The training portfolio that AB & Associates Training brings into the Softskills fold ranges from:
- Advanced Selling Skills
- Emotional Intelligence
- Entrepreneurial Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Management & Supervisory Skills Development
- Negotiation Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Team Development

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Softskills Training Consultants (STC) appointed as Hewlett Packard (HP) service provider, September 2005

HP's Imaging and Printing Group, also known as IPG has appointed Softskills Consultants as its Preferred Business Skills Training Partner. Softskills will present technical and interpersonal skills training to HP's Staff and its customers, focusing on Product and Selling Skills training to its Commercial and Retail Channel Partners nationally.  Channel Partners consist of resellers of original HP services, printers, cartridges and paper supplies. 

Softskills trainer, Martin Stevens, has been involved with the HP brand since 2001 as a skills trainer delivering programmes such as project management, presentation skills, customer care, interpersonal skills and time and stress management to HP employees. 

The Selling Skills training has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the Channel Partners and the training covers all aspects of selling from basic to advanced selling as well as device training at HP's state-of-the-art Solutions Centre in Rivonia, Sandton.

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Martin Stevens project manages Teacher Training projects at the University Of Johannesburg, May 2005

Shortly after being appointed as Head of Special Projects at the University of Johannesburg: BusiTech, Martin Stevens has also been appointed onto the Joint Management Committee (JMC) of the 4 universities who have academic interests in Gauteng (Wits University, Univ. of the North West, UNISA and Univ. of Johannesburg) as part of the consortium of universities contracted by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) to conduct Teacher training in the province. The project involves Educators attending a one-week training session held during the school holidays. In this training, Educators who teach School Learners in Foundation, Intermediate and Senior Phase are trained in the Revised and National Curriculum Statements for implementation in schools from 2006 onwards.

The project showed an immediate increase in revenue (R540k in 2004 to R2.9m in 2005) as well as the number of Educator trained (400 Educators in 2004 to 1900 in 2005) once Martin took over the project in May.

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