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SETAs provide skills for job market

Written by Samona Murugan
For the past 13 years Sector Training and Education Authorities (SETAs) have been training young job seekers, preparing them for the world of work.

Photo caption: The country’s 23 Sector Training and Education Authorities prepare thousands of youngsters for the working world every year by ensuring that they receive the necessary training.SETAs were set up to narrow the gap between available skills and the job market.

Each year thousands of young graduates seek employment and more than 50 per cent of Grade 12 learners leave schools without basic employment skills.

To address the huge skills gap facing the country and to improve skills development, in March 2000 the then Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana formerly established 23 SETAs.

Each SETA has its own clearly defined sector and sub-sectors. The SETAs are also very involved with learnerships, internships, skills programmes and apprenticeships.

One of the primary objectives of SETAs is to collect skills levies from employers in each sector, in terms of the Skills Development Levies Act, and make the money available for education and training in that sector.

These funds are allocated to employers, training bodies and learners, in the form of optional grants and bursaries.

During April the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (Sasseta) and the

Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA) will tour the country to spread word about their work.

Roadshows

For Sasseta, the roadshow is an opportunity to spread awareness about grant regulations and processes, as well as the latest developments. The roadshows target skills development facilitators, labour unions, correctional services, as well as the justice, legal, state security and policing sector.

The roadshows will take place in Durban on 4 April, Cape Town on 9 April, Johannesburg on 11 April and Pretoria on 16 April. Registration starts at 8am and the programme will run from 9am to 2pm. To register visit www.sasseta.org.za or call 0861 102 477.

AgriSETA will also host its 2013 Information Sessions with skills development facilitators and training providers to inform them of the changes in the SETA grant regulations. These information sessions will take place in Polokwane on 2 and 3 April, Centurion on 4 and 5 April, Stellenbosch on 8 and 9 April, Bloemfontein on 11 and 12 April, Nelspruit on 15 and 16 April, Durban on 18 and 19 April, Upington on 23 April, East London on 24 April and Port Elizabeth on 25 April.

SETAs contact details
  • FASSET: Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 476 8570, fax: 011 476 5756, www.fasset.org.za
  • BANKSETA: Banking Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 805 9661, fax: 011 805 8348, www.bankseta.org.za
  • CHIETA: Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 726 4026, fax: 011 726 2425, www.chieta.org.za
  • FP&M SETA: Fibre Processing Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 234 2311, fax: 011 234 2350, www.fpmseta.org.za
  • CETA: Construction Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 265 5900, fax: 011 265 5924/5, www.ceta.org.za
  • ETDP: Education, Training and Development Practices, tel: 011 372 3300, 0866 048 934, www.etdpseta.org.za
  • EWSETA: Energy Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 689 5320, fax: 011 689 5340/5341, www.eseta.org.za
  • FOODBEV: Food and Beverages Manufacturing Industry Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 253 7300, fax: 011 253 7333, www.foodbev.co.za
  • HWSETA: Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 607 6907 fax: 011 616 7393, www.hwseta.org.za
  • INSETA: Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 544 2000, fax: 011 484 0862, www.inseta.org.za
  • LGSETA: Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 456 8579 fax: 011 450 4948, www.lgseta.co.za
  • MICT: Media, Advertising, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 207 2600, fax: 011 805 6833, www.isett.org.za
  • MQA: Mining Qualifications Authority, tel: 011 630 3503, fax: 011 832 1044, www.mqa.org.za
  • MERSETA: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 484 9310, fax: 011 484 9319, www.merseta.org.za
  • SASSETA: Safety and Security Sector Education & Training Authority, tel: 011 347 0200, 0861 102 477, www.sasseta.org.za
  • AGRISETA: Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 012 301 5600, fax: 012 325 1677, www.agriseta.co.za
  • PSETA: Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 012 314 7045/7133, fax: 012 314 7152, www.pseta.gov.za
  • SSETA: Services Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 276 9600, fax: 011 276 9650, www.serviceseta.org.za
  • CATHSSETA: Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 217 0600, fax: 011 783 7745, www.cathsseta.org.za
  • TETA: Transport Education and Training Authority, tel: 011 781 1280, fax: 011 781 0200, www.teta.org.za
  • W&RSETA: Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority, tel: 012 622 9500 fax: 012 665 2559, www.wrseta.org.za