The Department of Higher Education and Training has identified the need to capacitate public TVET Colleges, to become the preferred providers of occupational skills, as relevant, in South Africa. This need was identified to, amongst others, address the high unemployment rate amongst the age group 16 – 34.
It is expected that work experience will enhance the employability of unemployed persons, in particular if such work experience is:
Related to and supports their field of study;
Obtained in an environment with processes and structures in place to coach and mentor such persons;
Obtained in the environment of a reputable employer;
Of an adequate length to allow sufficient time to gain exposure and experience in a number of generic and specific skills.
In this context, PSETA provides funding to employers registered with PSETA and/or Public TVET Colleges through the Discretionary Grant Funding windows. Public TVET Colleges applying for a grant should ensure that learners are placed within PSETA registered employers.
The funding is for Public TVET learners who have successfully completed the National N6 certificate and who are eligible to the National N Diploma at NQF level 6, upon completion of 18 months’ relevant work experience.
PSETA will only provide funding for the following areas: