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The Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) Discretionary Grants are available for qualifying employers/enterprises, government departments, legislatures and state-owned entities and other organisations operating within the “business of government.” The grants are targeted to address National Skills priorities as set out in NSDS III and sectoral priorities as identified in the PSETA Sector Skills Plan (SSP) and the Annual Performance Plan (APP). The allocation of the Discretionary Grants will be at the discretion of the PSETA’s Accounting Authority. PSETA hereby invites applications from qualifying organisations to apply for the 2016/2017 Discretionary Grants. See below listed application forms, DG policy, funding framework, criteria and guidelines.

Artisans Development C&G

Bursary C&G

Appointment of Service Provider for Monitoring and Evaluation C&G

Business Writing Skills Programme C&G

Discretionary Grants Policy 2016-2017

Skills Development Facilitator Training C&G

Recognition of Prior Learning C&G

PSETA Funding Framework

Mentor Skills Programme C&G

Letter Discretionary Grant for the Public Service Sector 2016-2017

Internships C&G

Closing date is 19 October 2016 at 16:00.


Proposed new seta landscape and the national skills development strategy beyond 2018

Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.” Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, Section 22. Sector Education and Training Authorities operate on a five year license circle as by the Minister of Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) Dr Blade Nzimande, with the current license period coming to an end on 31 March 2016. The minister extended all SETA licenses to 31 March 2018 pending the approval and implementation of the new SETA landscape
Significant shifts are anticipated and the entire SETA landscape may change. The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande gazetted the new NSDS and SETA landscape paper for public comments. Stakeholders are invited to participate in this process. Submissions and inputs should be submitted by 29 February 2016 to the Department of Higher Education & Training. To ensure an easy integration of SETAs to the post-school education and training system, it is proposed that they be located as specialized service delivery units within the Department of Higher Education and Training, and renamed Sector Education and Training Advisory Boards (SETABs). To improve their stability and ensure a long-term perspective, SETABs will no longer be semi-autonomous entities, they will be delivery units of the broader DHET Post School Education & Training system and also permanent structures of DHET. However, in terms of the scope it is proposed that SETABs scope reflect that of the current SETAs and that twenty one SETAs remain, although special circumstances may require individual mergers.

Funding & composition of SETABs:

In order to ensure better national coordination of the skills fund to support the trajectory of the National Development Plan, it is proposed that 80% of the current SETA Discretionary Grant be located in the National Skills Fund. SETABs will automatically receive funding for their administrative costs. The composition of SETAB boards will be largely unchanged although the role of government departments will be strengthened to enhance the integration of sectoral strategies into sector plans, so that governments can prepare training plans in line with the methodologies and templates determined centrally. While the National Skills Authority (NSA) perform both an evaluation and monitoring role over SETAs .

National Skills Development Strategy:

The changes on the landscape will see the NSDS shift in terms of the targets, focusing on different major occupational bands of the organizing framework for occupations (OFO); providing detailed occupational priorities under each major category as derived from sectoral plans and research; taking measures that the education and training institutions need to undertake to deliver the needs as required; and elaborating these for each priority occupation, derived from Occupational Team reports. However, it will still be reviewed every five years. The basic role of SETABs in the NSDS IV will be to determine the skills needs of employers by occupation using the OFO for the sector; to secure workplace-based learning opportunities for learners; to support institutional and work-place based learning of the current workforce; to support education and training institutions to meet skills needs; and to perform system support functions and manage the budget linked to their mandate.
This is a major shift for the skills development fraternity and all stakeholders are invited to take part in this process by submitting their inputs.

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