The White Paper on Post School Education and Training

The White Paper on Post School Education
and Training
A SETA Perspective
The White Paper
• Approved by Cabinet on 20 November 2013
• Set scene for Post School Education and Training to be
achieved by 2030.
• Single, coordinated post school system
– Inclusive access
– Improved capacity
– Quality provision responding to needs of learners, employers
and community
The White Paper
• Post school education and training is aimed at people
– Who have completed school
– Who did not complete school
– Who never attended school
• Details the role of all institutions
– Public and private higher and further education institutions
– Adult learning centres
– SETAs, NSF, Regulatory Bodies and Quality Councils
• Growth of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
(TVET) Colleges (previously FET Colleges) remains DHET
• New system require stronger and more cooperative
relationships between Education and Training Institutions
and Workplace to facilitate
– Placement of students for work integrated learning
– Regular interaction to access information on industry
developments and industry skills needs.
• University sector supports integrated post school system
• Some have entered into partnerships with other institutions
eg. TVET Colleges
• Important to foster relationships with employers to expand
work placement opportunities
Role of the SETA
• Facilitating close cooperation between institutions /
training providers and employers to design vocational
training interventions
• SETA focus on
– Skills development of sector employees
– Development of skills pipeline
– Stakeholder liaison – identifying the skills needs of workplaces
and ensuring provider capacity to address these needs.
Role of the NSF
• Responsible for skills development aligned to national
development strategies
• Providing funding for government strategies
– Youth programmes
– Growing small businesses and cooperatives
– Rural development
• Providing funding for cross-sectoral research and
Role of the DHET
• Implement a central skills planning system
• SETAs to supply sector specific data as input to national
planning process
• SETAs to test scenarios as result of central research with
• DHET and SETAs to use central research data to compile
skills development plans in order to meet skills demand.
Purpose of SETA Funding
• New focus of mandatory grant
– Collection of useful and accurate skills data
• Grant to be paid based on annual submission of
comprehensive document
– Skills profile of employees
– Workplace training undertaken
– Short and medium term skills needs
• No requirement to report on how
mandatory grant was spent
Purpose of SETA Funding
• Focus of discretionary grant funding
– Existing enterprises
– Training of existing workers and potential new entrants
• Funding of training delivery
– Public or private training providers
– In-house training centres
– With capacity to provide all or substantial parts of qualifications
• Funding of public education and training institutions
• Funding must be aligned to strategic objectives
Quality Councils and NSA
• Structure of Quality Councils to remain largely unchanged
• Councils will have greater flexibility to quality assure
• Articulation of qualifications will be essential to
– Avoid unfair and irrational barriers to acceptance and credit
– Ensure no dead ends for learners
• The NSA to be restructured and to focus on monitoring and
evaluation of SETAs
• The White Paper sets out a vision of a transformed postschool system which is an integral part of the government’s
policies to develop our country and improve the economic,
social and cultural life of its people.
• The system will be integrated in such a way that the
different components complement one another, and work
together to improve the quality, quantity and diversity of
post-school education and training in South Africa.
Copy of the White Paper available on
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