By Natanya Rutstein
The New SETA landscape was ushered in on 1 April 2020 by the National Skills Development Plan 2030 (NSDP) and the re-establishment of the SETAs by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The NSDP largely encompasses the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the White Paper on Post School Education and Training (WP-PSET). The overarching purpose of the NSDP is to build the capability of South African citizens through the provision of quality education and skills development thereby contributing to economic growth, employment creation and social development in South Africa. In this new dispensation, the role of the SETA’s have been streamlined and re-focussed in order to strengthen their ability to successfully contribute towards the achievement of the NSDP outcomes. Below is an overview of what to expect from your SETA from 1 April 2020.
Quality Assurance – The SETA quality assurance functions as well as those carried out by the National Artisan Moderating Body will now be integrated into the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
Dedicated Relationship Building – Central to the role of the SETAs will be their ability to strengthen and build relationships between the workplace and education and training institutions in order to facilitate the achievement NSDP outcomes.
Linking Demand with Supply – The levy-grant system must be utilised to its fullest in order to elicit detailed and accurate information from employers regarding labour market demands as well as predicted future trends. The SETAs should also undertake their own research in order to build a comprehensive picture of these demands. Nurturing stronger relationships with Universities, TVET colleges, and Community Colleges will then facilitate the linking of demand with supply to adequately meet these demands. The SETAs must promote and co-ordinate workplace based learning opportunities so as to ensure sufficient workplace based learning to facilitate the achievement of the outcomes of the NSDP.
The diagram below illustrates the linkage of education and the workplace through SETAs.
Increased Training of Employed Workers – SETAs must expand training opportunities for employed workers through the Mandatory and Discretionary Grant system to support increased productivity levels.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVET ) – The strengthening of the TVET system is a high priority for government in order to support the growth of middle level skills and artisan development. The SETAs must identify the middle level skills required in their sectors through the Sector Skills Plans (SSPs) and partner with industry and colleges using the skills levy system to link demand with supply ensuring sufficient work integrated learning opportunities
Community Education and Training Colleges(CET) – The CET colleges will cater for the knowledge and skills needs of the large numbers of adults and youth requiring education and training opportunities, unemployed people, and those employed but in low or semi-skilled occupations. The CET colleges link directly with the work of public programmes to provide appropriate skills and knowledge. The SETAs have an important role to play in building partnerships between CET colleges and work-integrated learning opportunities.
Entrepreneurs and Cooperatives – Through their skills planning research, SETAs must identify the skills development needs of entrepreneurs and cooperatives within their sectors and then actively support appropriate initiatives with particular focus on the unemployed, youth, women and people with disabilities.
Worker‐Initiated Training Programmes – SETAs must work closely with Trade unions to support and encourage training initiatives and programmes within their sector in order to equip workers with the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges faced in the workplace and the broader South African economy.
Career Development – The ability of all workers to be able to achieve their full potential through actively developing their career is a key component of the NSDP. The SETAs must support enhanced career and vocational guidance initiatives within their sectors.
The achievement of the NSDP outcomes cannot be accomplished without the active support and participation of all social partners in South Africa. Working closely with your SETA will not only secure the Mandatory and Discretionary grants but will also better position your organisation to ensure that labour demands are met and that you have a workforce on tap with the right skills at the right time.
The Talent Hub International can assist you in conducting a skills audit before compiling your Workplace Skills Plan. The audit will provide you with a good snapshot of actual skills and knowledge within your current workforce and the specific developmental areas where focus is required. Contact us at admin@tthinternational for more information.