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ETDP-SETA offering bursaries, learnerships and internships coutrywide



The Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA) have opened new offices in Mpumalanga to help and assist young adults access to information for bursaries, learnerships and internships.

The chief executive of ETDP-SETA, Nombulelo Nxesi, is calling on all youth, not only in Mpumalanga, to visit their local provincial office to obtain more information and advise about bursaries, internships and learnerships to “better their lives and those of their communities”.

Nxesi was quotes as saying that the government is providing the youth if South Africa the opportunity to continue with their education and providing financial for those that cannot afford further education. The government’s objective is to create an environment whereby the youth are employable and provide the necessary skills and training to individuals to open and manage their own businesses.

ETDP-SETA is providing numerous bursaries for a wide range of skills that are currently scare in the market place today. These bursaries are can be used for Further Education and Training colleges or registered universities throughout the country. Nxesi also stated that over the past 2 years, ETDP-SETA has managed to train over 5000 individuals around the country.

The primary objectives and goals of the bursaries is to provide for those currently employed, along with unemployed individuals within the education, training and development (ETD) sector , the opportunity to obtain qualifications in those scarce and critical skills.

Bursaries are awarded in the following programmes:

  • National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • B.Ed Mathematics and Science
  • B.Ed Foundation Phase
  • Certificate in Education
  • B Com; BSc Applied Mathematics
  • Masters in Commerce
  • ACE in Leadership and Management
  • Computer Studies
  • Human Resources Management, and Public Finance


The selection criteria for bursaries from ETDP-SETA include the following:

  • The applicant’s academic ability.
  • Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas.
  • Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges; and personal integrity.
  • Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a Provincial Education Department.

ETDP-SETA has taken steps to open office in all nine provinces in order to provide young adults the opportunity to seek assistance and advise and obtain the necessary information about all programs available from the ETDP-SETA.

For more information about ETDP-SETA and bursary opportunities available, please visit the SETA’s website – http://www.etdpseta.org.za/live/index.php/portfolio/etdp-seta-bursaries

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Tertiary institutions prepared and ready for 2013 academic year

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With all the admission and registration processes efficiently underway at tertiary institutions, it’s all systems go for the 2013 academic year throughout the country.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has stated that the department is ready for the new academic year. Admission processes are all proceeding well at all tertiary institutions and the department is in close contact with all institutions to make certain that they manage all challenges that typically erupt during this period of the year.

This academic year there are approximately 183 893 places available at universities for students coming into the system for the very first time. Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will provide 100 000 spaces for new applicants. The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) are offering 18 000 learneship opportunities.

“The number of spaces that are still available will only be [known] when the institutions complete registration. As the department, we have established a dedicated unit which works closely with universities in trying to resolve challenges as they arise,” stated Minister Dr Blade Nzimande.

Together with the department of education, all universities have dedicated teams who are able to function as a first port of call for the department should any issues come up. These teams will furnish the department continuously reports and feedback on developments as they unfold at institutions. The department has additionally started compiling weekly updates providing feedback on the state of every institution’s registration process.


Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande


Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana will be visiting various institutions and providing support where and if necessary. The deputy minister, will additionally, monitor the registration situation throughout the country by communicating with universities and the public via the media.

Nzimande has made an earnest appeal to all employers to create employment opportunities for FET graduates, where they are able to acquire practical work experience for 18 months. “We have 11 000 FET graduates which were produced between 2009 and 2011, who require placement… Our goal is to ensure that all FET graduates get work places,” he was quoted saying.

SETA offices have also been set up at all FET colleges to help and assists students with learnership opportunities that are avaliable for 2013. Last year, the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority provided R27 miilion worth of bursaries to students in FET colleges. The SETAs are working closely with public FETs and several universities to finance skills development programmes of various types. Nzimande at the same time proposed that universities need to work closely with FETs and provide students who have completed a year at a FET college, and wish to proceed to university, the chance to have their course work credited; and additionally universities need to inform and assist FETs should they discover that their training is not up to the required standard.

The department of education intends to grow even more the FET college sector over the forthcoming 20 years to make certain that there exists a college in each and every education district.

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Aviation and maritime careers for youth

Previously, to become a sailor or pilot meant you encountered possible danger just about every day and had the prospect to discover new worlds and receive praise and admiration. In the present day, a fewer number of students are considering taking to the seas or the air which in turn has resulted in a shortage of pilots and sailors in South Africa.

As part of a strategy to deal with this predicament, over 200 young adults have been asked to participate in an information sharing session organised by the Eastern Cape Department of Transport (ECDoT) at the province’s Bhisho Airport in late April.

The function was in fact intended to promote the students, the vast majority of were university students coming from institutes all around the Eastern Cape, to register for learnerships within the aviation and maritime market sectors.

The program was arranged together with the South African Maritime Safety Association (Samsa), training company Mtha Aviation and local airline SA Express.

As reported by ECDoT’s communications manager Ncedo Kumbaca, the department focused on previously disadvantaged matriculants and students who had been uninformed of the possibilities existing in maritime and aviation.

“Young people coming from rural areas really need to be educated about these types of industries,” he said, adding that ECDoT in addition wanted to educate the students on the complicated requirements intended to ensure a successful application.

“Many believe a distinction is sufficient to obtain a learnership however it is not,” he said.

Maths and science essential

At a Maritime Day function organised in East London last year, Samsa’s CE Tsietsie Mokhele expressed concern with regards to the immediate need to develop the sector. He specifically talked about South Africa’s inadequate contribution to the international maritime industry.

At the same function Mahlubandile Qwase, then the Eastern Cape’s MEC of education, credited this deficiency of global presence to the inadequate maritime education in coastal areas of the country. He stated there presently exists three ports in the Eastern Cape however, not a single maritime school.

Kumbaca revealed that an additional factor is the numerous high school learners who discontinue maths and science, subjects that happen to be essential in kick-starting a career in maritime or aviation.For this reason, he explained, the two industries continue to be by far the most untransformed in the country.

In spite of this, to counter this unsatisfactory scenario, representatives from ECDoT have been on an awareness campaign since 2010, and intend to visit a total of 60 schools to inform learners on seafaring and piloting.

These kinds of drives are most likely not necessary in the future. As outlined by Qwase, programs happen to be set up to create a maritime school in the province this year.

“By 2015, we are going to have fully fledged maritime high schools and 300 graduates,” he explained.

Developing the aviation and maritime industries

Kumbaca said Samsa was in fact offering 100 learnerships within the maritime industry, at the same time an unspecified number of learnerships in the aviation industry were to be selected by SA Express.

Students had the choice of enrolling for one of three programmes that were made available on the day.

Mechanical engineering students who had a diploma, had dropped out of their studies, or previously had studied the theory of mechanical engineering, were redirected towards the maritime learnerships.

Students who have passed grade 12 with no less than a D average or even a level five in maths, happen to be medically fit, over the age of 16 together with no criminal record, were registered as prospective pilots into the Aviation Learner Training Programme.

Female students with a high school pass of at least a D average or a level five in maths and science, together with a passion for aviation, ended up being persuaded to register for the ladies-only Cadet Pilot Programme.

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SA Government spends millions when it comes to skills development

The Department of Public Works has invested R32 million when it comes to the growth and development of vital skills intended for young people within the built environment sector.

Talking to the initial group of 100 students from the Northern Cape on their first day of the Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Public Works Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu reminded those individuals gathered that: “It cost government R32 million to bring you into this programme.”

“The department can expect absolutely nothing less than achieving success from you. You will make or break this particular programme simply because our expectations rests on you to set the tempo for a lot of additional youngsters that will follow in your footsteps,” she explained.

Bogopane-Zulu at the same time emphasised that because of the Artisan Development Programme, her department was in fact performing favorably in order to make sure that government be successful with regard to its priorities of jobs creation and educational services by way of skills development.

The Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme happens to be an intake of 100 recognized students coming from the Northern Cape for the 18 months Artisan Development Programme which has been geared towards favorably making contributions to dealing with the challenges presented by the higher than average level of unemployment in South Africa, especially among the many youth consequently furnishing all of them with a chance to generate income in addition to obtaining technical skills that hopefully will boost their likelihood of employment, entrepreneurship as well as general development.

Following comprehensive deliberation with numerous stakeholders, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) was recognized as the training provider for the programme that is designed to consist of 20 students within each one of the following learning areas: Boilermaking, Fitting and Turning, Mechanical, Electrical (in construction) and Welding.

The students will in addition go through a six-month theoretical training program and after that move forward to experiential training for a minimum of 12 months on learnership programme.

Contingent upon accessibility to financial resources, a number of additional learnerships will likely be performed in order to complete the four year artisan development programme.

Following on from the completion of the programme, NECSA is going to be the agent responsible for identifying at the very least 50 work place/ experiential learning opportunities.

The department is going to be given the task of determining additional 50 work placement for experiential learning.

Supplemental education and learning could possibly be identified which is to be offered at N4 level. This kind of training could possibly be carried out at the time of experiential learning and definitely will make it possible for students to leave together with complete artisan qualification.

The relevant skills development programme covers:

* Lodging and daily meals for 100 students
* National Skills Fund will take care of all education and learning associated expenses for instance such as training provider costs, assessment, moderation and certification
* Partial monthly payment of Learners allowances at R660 pp p/m for theoretical component.

Other expenses that will be taken care of by the National Department of Public Works include things like:

* Logistical fees for students screening and selection sessions
* Selection/promotional/ orientation resources
* Top up Stipends (R660 pp/ pm for theoretical component
* Learners allowance (R1200 pp/pm for the practical component)
* Transport expenditures during assessments
* Transportation fees back and forth to Pretoria

The education and learning programme is co-funded via the NDPW as well as the National Skills Fund (NSF) within the Northern Cape Department of Education. This kind of Artisan Development Programme will certainly make it possible for students to be able to leave equipped with full artisan qualifications and advanced practical skills.

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