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PIVOTAL Programmes and why SETAs fund them

SETAs drive industry specific skills development solutions directing funding according to rising demands for specific trades and occupations.

Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning

PIVOTAL is defined as Professional, Vocational, Technical and Academic Learning programmes that result in occupational qualifications or part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework.

CATHSSETA Policy Example

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

  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, with the aim of increasing 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 who 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 proportion of funds allocated to different categories will be determined by the Accounting Authority by taking into account the priorities for the year as set out in the SSP and the APP of the CATHSSETA.

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Non PIVOTAL Programmes (Maximum 20% of Discretionary Grant)

Non PIVOTAL programmes are those programmes  aimed at developing the SETA sectors in accordance with 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 on the sector skills agenda. Non-PIVOTAL programmes are funded through Special Projects.

Who can apply for 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 state;
  • Training providers;
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Cooperatives;
  • Organised labour;
  • Industry bodies; and
  • Relevant stakeholders with the SETA sector

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