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W Cape creates R5.8m training and development program for artisans

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Western Cape government takes on the challenge of tackling the skills shortages in the region with the launch of an artisan development programme in the province. The objective of the programme is to up skill and train local workers and provide employment opportunities for young individuals.

The programme is a collaboration between the private sector, communities, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges. R5.8-million has been set aside to promote and train artisans in the region.

Minister Alan Winde, the Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister, commented that the scarcity and lack of artisans in the region could have a devastating effect and impact on the local economy moving forward given the critical importance of these type of skills when it comes to service delivery especially within the engineering sector.


Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde
Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde


The goal and objective of the programme is to educate and train individuals with the necessary skills and in turn create and ongoing supply of qualified and skilled artisan who in turn can obtain employment and play an important role in advancing and growing of emerging sectors such as oil and gas industry.

The initial stage of the program will provide the necessary funding and support for 200 young individuals to complete their training and prepare them to take the National Trade Test exams.  The programme will also focus on training teachers and coaches within the 72 companies who have opted to join the programme  and assist them to train the young candidates whilst they are interning in these companies.

The programme is also aligned and works in parallel with the government’s National Development Plan which recognizes the importance of artisanship which can provide “shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-employment” within developing economies and countries.

According to recent statements and comments from the National Development Plan, South Africa will need to produce at least 30000 artisan annually and the Western Cape government  want to play its part in helping the National Development Plan achieve its national objectives and goals.

Source: SouthAfrica.info


Training in this Economy



In these uncertain economic times companies tend to bemoan the cost of training courses and the time taken out to complete them (with staff out of the office often for an entire working day), but at Staff Training we believe the overall benefits of skills development far outweigh these complaints.

Of course as a training provider we’re likely to say that, but the benefits speak for themselves…


1. Training as a means of Performance Management

When employees are sent on training courses managers become able to hold staff accountable for their individual and team performance. What training does (besides up skill our workers) is provide a baseline for managers to set expectations for their staff, allowing employees’ performance to be managed in a more structured and measurable way.


2. Training for Increased Productivity

Staff who are knowledgeable in their field of expertise, are confident in what they are doing and who know how to effectively listen and communicate, tend to operate at a higher level of productivity, motivation and efficiency.

For companies this higher level of individual productivity and efficiency almost always leads to a direct increase in profits and output.


3. Training for Staff Retention

Companies who invest in their staff through training experience lower employee turnover.

The reason for this is that staff who are trained are shown that their company values them, thus providing them with a sense of loyalty and belonging. People who feel as though their companies have a vested interest in them as people, and would like to see them perform better at their jobs (and make provision for this through training), typically work harder and are more motivated.

In addition to staff retention, training workshops like Customer Care Training can also be linked to customer retention as employees are better equipped to deal with a myriad of situations more effectively.


4. SETA Refunds

Every company that contributes towards the skills development levy (SDL) – which, according to SETA, is, “All employers who are registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for PAYE and have an annual payroll in excess of R500 000” – are entitled to claim back a percentage of the costs of staff training from their SETA.


5. Training to Stay Ahead Technologically

We’re living in the digital age and our employees and companies have to keep up with the times or face being left behind. Employees and employers who are able to adapt to the fast-paced changes of the business world have the best chance of success.

Fortunately you don’t have to spend all your time researching new trends and technologies – your training provider will take care of this by incorporating any new developments into their workshops, so all you have to do is attend!

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Setas to receive total makeover

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (Setas) have decided to delve further into plans to completely transform the Seta landscape.

The agreement, which had been reached at a meeting in Johannesburg last Monday, established that there was clearly an vital need to build up an acceptable skills base that will seek to promote economic growth and development in South Africa.

This comes after the Labour Court decided that Nzimande had surpassed his powers with regards to the Skills Development Act by significantly modifying the constitution that determines exactly who controls the Services Seta. The new constitution should preferably oversee all the other 20 Setas.

However in their declaration, the department and Seta, stated: “The forum totally endorses the minister’s new vision. All of us state that we will co-operate with the minister and carry on and interact with him concerning all transformation matters, as well as the planned modifications to the Seta landscape.”

The forum as outlined by its chairperson, Joel Dikgole said they “completely support the minister’s transformation processes. We have been perfectly conscious that the Seta sector requires immediate transformation to deal with critical shortages of skills and resource training of our people.”

Dikgole re-iterated their help and support for the appointment of independent chairpersons as suggested by Nzimande.

In addition, the Seta Forum unreservedly welcomed the chance to interact with with the department on issues of skills development, and unconditionally distanced itself from the ongoing case at the Labour Court between the Department and the Services Seta.

For his part, Nzimande turned down the misconstrued rationale that only one Seta is executing its duties optimally. He pointed out that despite the fact that there is certainly a need for improvement on the work that the Setas are performing, there is a great deal of excellent work that is happening in many Setas.

“All the Setas are generally performing well in this country and we must not accept the deceptive reports that there exists a super Seta,” added Nzimande.

Source: BuaNews


South Africa skills development plan given a boost

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

A task team is going to be established to help to increase SETA’s capacity in order to fulfill the desired goals and objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III.

NSDS III, unveiled last week by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, is the major driving force associated with the strategy to enhance the overall performance as well as effectiveness of the skills development program.

The plan of action, that will actually come into effect on 1 April 2011, symbolizes a commitment and responsibility to promoting the linking of skills development to career paths, career development and offering sustainable job opportunities and in-work progression.

Nzimande said the strategy concentrated specifically on individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or a sufficient amount of reading, writing and numeracy abilities to make it possible for them gain access to employment.

“Language, literacy and numeracy skills are unquestionably essential to improved economic and social participation, productivity and social inclusion,” Nzimande said.

The NSDS III places emphasis on eight goals and objectives, which includes more effective utilization of workplace based skills development in addition to encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises and local community education and training initiatives.

Nzimande reiterated that SETAs were definitely not destined to be shut down, on the contrary, preferably strengthened as a measure to rise above the difficulties, challenges and weakness within the system, through the NSDS.

Education Training and Development Practices SETA CEO, Sesi Nxesi, welcomed the launch of the NSDS III.

“All of us genuinely feel there exists a change in the country. It [NSDS III] is a lot more organised and structured, in addition it helps bring about cooperation and i am optimistic that we definitely will achieve the goals, collectively,” said an optimistic Nxesi.

Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA)
Chemical Industries SETA (CHIETA)
Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather SETA (CTFL SETA)
Construction SETA(CETA)
Education Training and Skills Development SETA (ETSD-SETA)
Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services SETA (FASSET)
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry SETA (FOODBEV)
Forest Industry SETA (FIETA)
Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA)
Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies SETA (isett seta)
Insurance SETA (INSETA)
Local Government SETA (LGSETA)
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (MERSETA)
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging SETA ( MAPPP-SETA)
Public Service Sector SETA (PSETA)
Safety and Security SETA (SASSETA)
Services SETA
SETA for Mining and Minerals Sector (MQA)
Social Security and Development SETA
Transport SETA (TETA)
Wholesale & Retail SETA (W&RSETA)

Source: BuaNews, gcis.gov.za


Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on the proposed new SETA landscape

In November last year, my department assumed responsibility for skills development from the Department of Labour. At the time, we acknowledged that there were negative perceptions about the performance, management and governance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs); that there was inadequate alignment of industry needs and provision of training and skills development and particularly relating to the supply of artisans and technicians; and that when the industrial policy action plan was finalised we would align skills development efforts to support its implementation.

In November, I also announced the extension of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) II and current SETA licence by one year from March 2010 to March 2011 in order to allow us time assess the SETA landscape and design the architecture of the NSDS III in line with the new administration’s strategic objectives. In my budget speech last month, I noted that 19 of the 23 SETAs received a clean bill of health from the Auditor-General and that we will take decisive action to deal with the non-performers.

Today we announce three major developments:

  • The public release of the proposed new SETA landscape
  • The release of the draft framework for the National Skills Development Strategy 2011/12 to 2015/16
  • Steps to deal with non-performing SETAs
  • Restructuring of the SETA landscape

After an extensive process of review and consultation, my department has submitted to me a proposed new SETA landscape which I am now releasing for public comment and which will be gazetted. The NSA will hold public hearings before finalising their recommendations to me. The new SETA landscape will be adopted by the third quarter of this year after consultation with the NSA.

The criteria guiding the proposed new landscape are to ensure coverage of all economic sectors, financial and operational viability; and alignment with current government priorities.
The proposed new SETA landscape in summary features:

The recertification of 15 SETAs with minor changes
The “amalgamation” of several SETAs to secure greater efficiencies which will result in the establishment of six “new” SETAs.
Reduction from 23 to 21 (The sectors served by Fieta, CTFL, and Mappp SETAs are now located elsewhere)
The annexure has the full list of SETAs and proposed changes.

The National Skills Development Strategy 2011/12 – 2014/15

The framework of the NSDSIII 2011/12 – 2015/16 is intended to guide the development of the Sectoral Skills Plans (SSP) for adoption by September 2010.This framework should be read as a companion to the Human Resource Development South Africa (HRDSA) Draft strategy for discussion 2010 – 2030. SSPs are five-year skills development reports prepared by SETAs aimed at identifying:

The skills needs of industry / economic sectors (skills shortages, skills gaps and skills supply);
Possibilities and constraints in the effective utilisation and development of skills in relation to government’s priorities and the objectives of the HRDS, the NSDS, Provincial Growth and Development Strategies (including major projects) and relevant industry / economic strategies.

The NSDS is the overarching strategic instrument for skills development and guides sector planning. These processes will culminate in the launch of the revised Strategy at the National Skills Conference in October 2010 which will be followed by the implementation of the next five-year National Skills Development Strategy.

The NSDS is released for consultation today. I intend to finalise the NSDS framework by the middle of June and invite comment on this framework.
Non-Performing SETA’s.

I am reviewing the governance mechanisms for SETAs and intend to take legislative steps to improve their functioning. We are also looking into patterns of mismanagement and non-performance in the SETAs and will release details within the next two weeks about action to be taken. The Skills Development Act permits the Minister, after consultation with the National Skills Authority and the SETA in question, to direct the Director-General to appoint an administrator to take over the administration of a SETA or to perform the functions of a SETA if, inter alia, the SETA fails to perform its functions. This is one of the options open to me to deal with non-performers.

We invite response to the NDSSIII and the proposed new SETA landscape. The NSA will conduct public hearings from 14 -18 June 2010 in Pretoria. Any organised constituency and members of the public willing to make submissions are invited to register and confirm their intention with the Executive Manager: NSA Secretariat on or before 12:00 on 31 May 2010. All applicants will be contacted by no later than 16:00 on 9 June 2010 to confirm the venue, date and time for submissions.

Written submissions can also be sent to the NSA. The contact details of the NSA Secretariat are as follows:

Mr. T Mashongoane
E mail address: Mashongoane.T@dhet.gov.za

Source: buanews.gov.za, sos-medical-centres.org, africaeducationproject.org, unesco.org