Why PIVOTAL Programmes are Important to SETAs

PIVOTAL Programmes are Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning industry-specific skills development solutions.

PIVOTAL Programmes provide extremely important career development opportunities. Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning industry-specific skills development solutions.

What Are PIVOTAL Programmes?

What is the meaning of PIVOTAL Training?

SETAs provide funding according to the rising demands for specific trades and occupations. Economic sectors with critical and scarce skill shortages are likely to be prioritised for funding.

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What do PIVOTAL Programmes Mean?

PIVOTAL stands for Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning programmes that result in full occupational or part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework.

CATHSSETA PIVOTAL Training Policy Example

CATHSSETA’s  Discretionary grants policy provides a useful outline for understanding what learning programmes are legible for funding:

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  1. Learnerships registered on the National Qualifications Framework;
  2. Apprenticeships and artisanal qualifications;
  3. Skills Programmes (Part qualification), made up of a combination of unit standards that fall within a qualification, intending to increase the skills level of employed and unemployed learners;
  4. Work Integrated Learning for TVET and University learners studying for an occupational qualification, who require work experience and learning as part of the qualification;
  5. Internships for learners from Universities and Universities of Technology (UoTs) who have completed their occupational qualification and are seeking a period of workplace experience in their chosen occupation. The work experience must be structured and supervised by a suitably qualified person; and
  6. Bursaries to support employees and unemployed learners to take part in programmes that result in an occupational qualification.
  7. Preference will be given to learners from public Institutions of higher learning. Private Institutions of higher learning will only be considered if the qualification applied for is not available at public institutions, and there is evidence of such.

In allocating Discretionary Grant funds, CATHSSETA prioritises PIVOTAL programmes (80% of fund allocation). The Accounting Authority will determine the proportion of funds allocated to different categories by considering the priorities for the year as set out in the SSP and the APP of the CATHSSETA.

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Non-PIVOTAL Training Programmes

Maximum 20% of Discretionary Grant

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Non-PIVOTAL programmes are those programmes aimed at developing sectors under SETA priorities, as outlined in Sector Skills Plans and Annual Performance Plans.

Non-PIVOTAL programmes include career guidance, sector conferences, sector research, TVET Capacity Building and Public Service Training, development of skills centres and other such non-credit bearing interventions that impact the sector skills agenda. Non-PIVOTAL programmes are funded through Special Projects.

Who can apply for PIVOTAL Training Funding?

Stakeholders eligible to apply for Discretionary Grants typically include:

  • SETA member organisations (levy paying and non-levy paying);
  • TVETs and Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Government departments, state-owned entities and other organs of the state;
  • Training providers;
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Cooperatives;
  • Organised labour;
  • Industry bodies; and
  • Relevant stakeholders in the SETA sector
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