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Learnership, Internship and Apprenticeship Complaints

Are you a learner or intern experiencing problems with your employer or training provider? Many youth complain about bad contracts and unfair payments, share your issues here. Report your Skills Development Problem Please note that complaints are addressed via email. Allow for a 3 day response time. When we respond we will require that you…
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Leadership Training in South Africa – Does it Deliver?

If the public and media are emphasizing a need for ethical leaders - where is knowledge of ethics taught, distilled and instilled?  Which leadership development providers use the word 'ethics' in their online course descriptions? What should leadership training include? There's no doubt that South Africa is floundering under weak leaders in government and the…
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N1 to N6 Certificate Delays on Repeat?

The problems that led to N-diploma Learners having their certificates delayed in 2016 are likely to reappear for current candidates until DHET includes all stakeholders in the discussions ranging from industry to beneficiaries. What are N - Certificates? Think of them as the occupational training alternative that combines grades 10 - 12 with a post…
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Beware Fake Colleges Fake Qualifications

Prior to enrolment, students MUST verify the credentials of private colleges or institutions by contacting the DHET Call Centre on the number provided below. Fraudulent private higher education colleges Learners who fail to check their providers credentials are asking for trouble. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has lodged a total of 21 cases…
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TVET’s Late Results and Bursaries to Study in Russia

After reading a comment indicating how the lack of FET college results was limiting a student's ability to make career decisions and plan her actions, I took a look at the DHET website for clarification and stumbled across an invitation to study in Russia. Do you Trust Your FET College? Government has increased the FET budget…
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Wow! How did CATHSSETA get it together? Funding!

Score to CATHSSETA! Their funding allocations and types of learning interventions being funded in 2017 has grown. Now why don't more SETAs think like this? hey-hey MICT SETA?! CATHSSETA Smarts If every SETA set higher goals as opposed to reducing them over time, we'd slice through economic and social inequalities effectively. CATHSSETA Learning Programme opportunities…
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MICTSETA Funding Reduction – Less Cents or Less Sense?

In 2016 MICT SETA funded 350 bursaries and 3000 Learnerships for Advertising, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Media. In 2017 they fund a total of 2159 interventions scattered over limited Learnerships, Internships and Bursaries. MICT SETA Learning Programme opportunities for 2017 In 2016 I thought their targets were low, I'm pretty incredulous with the 2017 goals. It's…
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Student Fees and Funding for the Poor

It may be that #FeesMustFall has stimulated creativity and urgency from the DHET ministry. What happens with student debt? Will higher education be free? Expanding Access to Student Funding The Minister says that they have expanded access to the poor through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). During the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, government…
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Blade’s Tips: Tertiary Dreams, Finance and Scarce Skills

Advice from Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande about study, work and funding opportunities for Matrics (12 January 2017). Identify scarce skills in order to find funding and learning opportunities. Study, Career and Funding Options are Based Upon Scarce and Critical Skills Matrics who have not succeeded, should rewrite their examinations or pursue…
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CAT. How SAQA allows Learners to be credited for Maths and Languages

Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT) CAT is the acronym for “Credit Accumulation Transfer”, and is based on a model developed by SAQA that is used to determine how CAT (Credit Award Transfer) can be implemented to recognise school / FET qualifications and sector qualifications. This ensures that learners don't repeat the exercise of learning something they already know.…
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Core Criteria for Accreditation

8-Core Criteria The core criteria were defined in the ETQA Regulations (R 1127 of 8 September 1988) and also in the Quality Management Systems for ETQAs and Criteria and Guidelines for Providers. If you want to know how to meet the core criteria, attend the accreditation workshops where they are each unpacked. The table below…
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SAQA registered QCTO Qualifications in Human and Social Studies

The Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO) is on a tight deadline for 2018. Qualifications that are in demand by industry must be rewritten in order to meet QCTO specifications. Field 007 - Human and Social Studies 6 Qualifications out of the current total of 475 QCTO qualifications on SAQA are for Field 007 -…
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