Submitting Content for SETA Programme Approval

Examples of content for SETA, QCTO or CHE approval. Understanding learning programme review criteria leads to better results.

1. Mastering Programme Delivery and Content for SETA Approval

Skills providers can range from experienced education and training professionals to those stepping into the role for the first time without experience.

Some already know the legislated core criteria for accreditation, others have never heard of them! 

Whoever you are, 7Sundays has the expertise to guide and assist you with programme approval and success.

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Content for SETA Skills Development in South Africa

In South Africa, we train to increase employability, career progression, economic development and to foster a more inclusive society.

That’s why the Skills Development Act is so important.

The Act embeds an integrated strategy for skills development to hopefully target skills gaps and unemployment more efficiently.

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Skills development also offers bang for buck.

The government rewards organisations that train workers and the unemployed by implementing learnerships and skills development programmes.

These organisations can access tax rebates and BEE points.

This makes skills development intentionally lucrative.

Support for Skills Development Providers

The incentivised nature of the learning sector means that it can be attractive to entrepreneurs looking for business opportunity but who have no background in the field of learning.

Training and teaching with our development objectives in mind requires conformity to standards and an understanding of learning conventions.

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If you want support with customising and preparing your content for SETA approval, book our accreditation consulting services.

Simply drop Leonie an email, share what you need from us and let’s get started.

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Use the accreditation process as an opportunity for quality management system training.

Leonie will share tips and tricks for accreditation success in the long term.

Our accreditation consulting services cover all areas of education and training business management.

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Such as a detailed marketing and sales strategy, supported by policy and procedures.


Submitting Content for SETA Programme Approval

Whether you’re a new accreditation applicant or an organisation applying for an extension of scope, the respective SETA has to validate your training material and ensure that it meets regulatory standards.

Examples of Content for SETA Approval Status

After submitting content for SETA approval, you will be issued with a detailed report.

If you’ve ever written and had an editor review your work, you’ll appreciate the effort in the SETA report.

We’ve posted two examples of SETA reports detailing why the skills development providers could not be recommended for accreditation.

But it’s not all bleak because the SETAs make specific points about resolving compliance issues.

SETA reports typically provide step-by-step actions for skills development providers and should be viewed as constructive criticism for credible organisations.

Examples of Submitting Training Content for SETA Approval:

Skills development contacts kindly provided the reports.

The names of the skills development providers have been removed as this content is for your learning purposes only.

  1. Learning Program Review: Great SASETA Example
  2. The Best SSETA Learning Programme Review Example

2. Developing, Delivering, and Evaluating Learning Programmes Guide

Ensuring the Quality and Efficacy of Content for SETA Approval

Whether you’re a higher education institution, a skills development provider, or an organization seeking accreditation, understanding the intricacies of programme development, delivery, and evaluation is essential.

This section dives into the core components for a robust learning programme, aligned to SAQA’s standards.

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Content for SETA Shows Integration and Appropriateness

A fundamental aspect of any learning programme is its integration with Unit Standards or Qualifications and the subsequent assessment.

Learning activities must align seamlessly with these standards while being tailored to the target audience.

At the heart of it lies clarity – learning outcomes, activities, and assessments must be clearly documented and defined.

Credits for NQF registered courses must be transferable between accreditted institutions.

Curriculum Design and Content for SETA Moderation

Central to programme development is the Curriculum Design Document, a comprehensive roadmap outlining learner entry requirements, target groups, and programme strategies.

From facilitation overviews to assessment and moderation strategies, this document serves as a blueprint for effective programme implementation.

Curriculum design processes ensure learners remain engaged in order to be empowered through their learning.

Content for SETA Requires an Alignment Matrix and Programme Strategy

The Alignment Matrix lists all learning outcomes and activities, ensuring a coherent learning experience.

It shows how content aligns with unit standards and outlines assessment methodologies.

Additionally, a Programme Strategy provides insights into delivery methodologies, learning pathways, and facilitator responsibilities.

Content for SETA Requires Facilitator and Learner Guides

Empowering facilitators and learners is pivotal.

Facilitator Guides furnish facilitators with essential programme details, delivery structures, and assessment guidelines.

On the other hand, Learner Guides equip learners with insights into programme appropriateness, learning activities, and assessment criteria.

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SETA Assessment and Moderation

A robust Assessment Guide delineates assessment planning, procedures, and feedback mechanisms.

Assessment matrices and tools ensure consistent evaluation, while moderation processes guarantee quality assurance.

Notably, moderation samples must be comparative across various learner cohorts and regions.

Content for SETA Requires Learner Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) and Moderator Guide

The PoE serves as a comprehensive repository of learner achievements, encompassing background information, assessment plans, and feedback reports.

Moderators, armed with Moderator Guides, play a pivotal role in ensuring assessment integrity and adherence to standards.

3. QCTO and SETA Role, Education Ethos and Conventions

Crafting content for SETA approval requires strict adherence to the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) standards, ensuring alignment with the Occupational Sub-framework of the NQF and the specific occupational qualifications within.

The QCTO operates within the Occupational Sub-framework of the NQF to focus on occupational qualifications.

Content for SETA approval must align with these specific occupational standards.

Understanding the Developmental Role of SETAs

SETAs play a developmental role.

The key to this role is to add value to providers and facilitate their effective entry into the capacitation of the respective SETA sector.

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SETA Challenges and Criticisms

SETAs are often criticised for being extremely difficult and pedantic to deal with.

At times this is true, particularly when dealing with conflicting instructions, delays and poorly trained SETA staff who fail to understand the legislation and industry challenges faced by providers.

Education Ethos and Provider Responsibility

However, SETAs should be able to assume that their prospective training providers possess an inherent knowledge of education and it’s conventions.

Where vast gaps are evident, their role is to ensure that you learn how to fill these gaps. SETAs cannot show leniency of licensing (accreditation) and allow the market to mistrust the quality of training it reinforces.

SETAs must protect the market from unskilled providers whilst ensuring that those with the capabilities can self-direct and become accredited.

For example, if your learning material was rejected because the content did not include a moderators guide -the SETAs role is to point that out and ensure that you are clear on it’s function and value.

As skills provider, your responsibility is to develop the guide. Although the SETA will explain why this guide is essential – their responsibility is not to provide you with step by step instructions on how to construct this guide.

As a skills provider, you should understand that programme moderation is a logical learning value chain feature.

SETAs are inundated with requests from aspirant training entrepreneurs and tender-preneurs.

Elevating Standards

The SETAs developmental role doesn’t extend to handholding potential market players but in servicing reputable providers who understand market constraints and at least the foundational principles of an education system.

No unsuspecting member of the public should be allowed to attend training by a provider who was given easy entry but found to be ignorant of education ethos and conventions.

Not all organisations who want to become accredited – will be accredited. As more providers enter the skills market, so standards must be raised in order to keep the quality of delivery high and increasingly higher.

This fosters positive market expectations – potential providers must remember that they are entering a market space where accountability to the people they service is high.

Education systems will crumble like a faulty machine if no return on investment is evident over time.

When this occurs, training organisations have to resort to expensive and time-consuming marketing strategies in order to constantly appeal to a new market as they have no satisfied returning clients.

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Maintaining Quality Amid Market Growth

As more providers enter the skills market, so standards must be raised in order to keep the quality of delivery high and inspire increasingly higher standards.

This fosters positive market expectations – potential providers must remember that they are entering a market space where accountability to the people they service is high.

Education systems will crumble like a faulty machine if no return on investment is evident over time.

If this occurs, the training organisation will have to resort to expensive and time-consuming marketing strategies in order to constantly appeal to a new market as they have no satisfied returning markets.


Final Thoughts on Content for SETA Requirements

By meticulously crafting and implementing learning programmes that align with SAQA’s standards, organizations can foster meaningful learning experiences and drive positive outcomes for learners and stakeholders alike.

Adhering to these principles and leveraging the comprehensive guidelines outlined above, organizations can navigate the intricacies of CHE, QCTO or SETA content approval with confidence and efficacy.

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