Posted on: May 1, 2010 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande detailed a proposed new occupational skills administration structure and strategy in April 2010.

Some Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) are retained, some are re-grouped, and a third national skills development strategy (NSDS) III will be completed during 2010.
It has been barely five months since Nzimande assumed responsibility for skills development from the Department of Labour, and set about reforming ‘management and governance’ of the SETAs to align industry needs with training and skills development, recognising an immediate need for artisans and technicians.
SETA licences remain extended to March 2011 while strategies are brought in line with the Zuma administration’s objectives.
Nzimande last month noted that 19 of the 23 SETAs had a ‘clean bill of health’ from the auditor general, and promised to rectify the non performing SETAs. NSA will hold public hearings before finalising recommendations in this regard. The new SETA landscape will be adopted by the third quarter of this year after consultation with the NSA.
Criteria guiding the proposed new landscape are to ensure coverage of all economic sectors, as well as financial and operational viability, and alignment with new government priorities.
The proposed new SETA landscape in summary features:
• re-certification of 15 SETAs with minor changes
• amalgamation of several SETAs into six ‘new’ SETAs
• reduction from 23 to 21 sectors
* relocation of the Forest Industries (FIETA), Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL), and Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging (MAPPP) SETAs

Strategy changes

The new strategy for 2011 to 2016 is intended to guide development of sectoral skills plans (SSP) for adoption by September 2010. “This framework should be read as a companion to the Human Resource Development SA (HRDSA) draft strategy for discussion 2010 to 2030.
SSPs are five year skills development reports prepared by SETAs aimed at identifying skills needs of economic sectors, possibilities and constraints in the effective use and development of skills in relation to government priorities and economic strategies.
A National Skills Conference in October 2010 will be followed by implementation of the next five year national skills development strategy. The framework will be out for comment in June.

Public hearing

Edward Majadibodu, chairperson of the National Skills Authority (NSA), co-ordinates the interests of labour, business, government, community, and training providers. Public hearing will be held from 14 to 18 June 2010 in Pretoria.
Some training providers have complained that travel to Pretoria may be difficult during the Soccer World Cup.
Organised constituency and members of the public willing to make submissions are invited to register and confirm their intention with the executive manager of NSA secretariat before 12h00 on 31 May 2010.
Applicants will be contacted by 9 June 2010 to confirm the venue, date and time for submissions. Written submissions can also be sent to the NSA via Mashongoane.T@dhet.gov.za or 012 312 5420 /5066, fax 012 321 4032, or Ranjeni Munusamy on 012 312 5555, 021 465 5513, munusamy.r@dhet.gov.za

Full text of the announcement is at http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2010/10042915351003.htm

2010 May update

Government’s new skills strategy III by the new ministry, covers demand and supply of all post school education and training.

Detailed proposals in the consultative document would have far reaching implications for niche training providers, particularly short course, industry, business and public training providers.

The proposed framework to guide development of the new strategy, is based on sector skills plans of various sectoral education and training authorities, SETAs.

For the first time, a guideline is published for the development of sectoral skills plans, SSPs. The guideline requires data and research to be ‘rigorously referenced’.

SETA changes

Six SETAs remain unchanged, four are scrapped and their constituencies absorbed into other SETAs.

A new SETA is proposed for manufacturing, incorporating manufacturing clothing, textile, footwear, leather, furniture and timber.

A new SETA is proposed for social security and development, after separating health from welfare, to include NGOs, labour unions and community development.

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