It was clear that a seamless transition from SETA to QCTO would be miraculous. Hopefully, the SETAs and the QCTO will use the time to improve their policies around stakeholder engagement so that target markets can indeed become beneficiaries.
Business, NGOs, Unions and SMMEs need to step up and participate in addressing how to improve and redesign the ETD landscape. Gatekeepers and inadequate policy structures will become the norm if they don’t.
It’s time for the broader market to exert pressure on the SETAs and the QCTO to start talking straight to markets.
SETA and QCTO Must Take a Pro-Poor Policy Approach For Education and Training to be an Inclusive and Reliable Economic Sector
It’s never too late for SETAs to substantiate their worth and more effectively link the unemployed and under resourced to employment and development opportunities in order to move towards a better system.
A large criticism from the business sector and learners is that SETAs are too difficult to work with.
SETAs play both quality and developmental roles. When they reinforce the environment for learners, a natural spin off will be a strengthened environment for business.
Accredited training providers lack visibility on SETA websites. Whilst some argue that training providers don’t want their information published – then they shouldn’t be accredited in the public system.
The public has a right to EASILY find information about who accredited providers are for specific qualifications in any geographical region.
Pro-poor means considering impacts of decisions and right to access
SETA websites are clumsily put together and offer few if any resources for the general public and industry. Information about skills providers, assessors, moderators and qualifications is poorly done and mostly unavailable.
A website is pro-poor when information for beneficiaries is easily found.
Given that poor people can seldom afford consistent access to resources such as the internet – government websites need to more effectively prioritise information for their markets.
It’s official – SETAs remain as is till 2020.
Ministers Short ‘n Tidy Statement about the Extension of NSDS 3