Programme 1

merSETA Strategic Plan
Derrick Peo
General Manager : Innovation, Research & Development
Structure of Presentation
Skills Development Priorities
Challenges in Current Environment
Cross-cutting Strategies
Programmes and Sub-Programmes
• Programme 1: Administration
• Programme 2: Skills Planning
• Programme 3: Occupationally Directed Programmes
• Programme 4: FETCs
• Programme 5: Language and Numeracy Skills
• Programme 6: Workplace Skills Development
• Programme 7: Co-operatives, Small enterprises, Worker
initiated, NGO and Community training initiatives
• Programme 8: Career Development
1. Background
Annual Perfomance
Plan 2013/14
Strategic Plan
2013/14 - 2017/18
Sector Skills Plan
(WSPs, ATRs, Discretionary
Grants, Regional Skills Plans)
NSDS III & National
Development Plan
2. Sector Skills Development Priorities
The merSETA has five skills development priorities:
• Priority 1 is to develop a sector labour market intelligence (LMI) system.
• Priority 2 is the continued and even increased focus on artisan development.
• Priority 3 is to establish and facilitate strategic partnerships that will impact on
both the funding available for skills development and the improved quality of skills
• Priority 4 is to increase the flow of newly skilled workers into the sector, through
increasing the skills available to the sector to meet its short-term needs and
improving the base level of learning.
• Priority 5 is to develop the skills of the existing workforce as this is of primary
importance for the development of the sector and for achieving outcomes that are
consistent with decent work, equity, and sector economic growth and
3. Challenges in the Current Environment
Aligning industry needs with national development
imperatives, policy directives, and DHET priorities
Financial and Budgetary Constraints
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of skills
development in the sector
Co-funding training, with employers, provinces, the UIF and
various state departments, including ‘cluster’ SETAs
Improving employer buy-in through engaging industry
associations on the challenges facing the industry
4. Cross-cutting Strategies
4.1. Rural Development
4.2. Sustainable Green Skills Development
4.3. People with Disabilities
4.4. Further Education and Training Colleges (FETCs)
4.5. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Programme 1: Administration (Effective & Efficient Governance)
Nominated Governing Board/Audit/Remcom structure in place
Management structure in place – no vacant key positions
Unqualified external audit reports
Full compliance within the legislative framework in which
merSETA operates – PFMA/SDL/SDLA/National Treasury/AG/
Good internal audit reports – a tool to strengthen management
Documented and implemented systems in place
Clearly defined business processes
Effective and documented monitoring and evaluation policies and
Internal and External Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted
Credible data and reliable MIS system
Accountability and transparency in all facets of business
Programme 2: Skills Planning
Established research office
Capacitated merSETA internal/ external stakeholders
Grants aligned to the SSP
Sub-sector / chamber-focused and managed
research agenda
• Strategic partnerships implemented for skills
• Provincial / regional Sector Skills Plans
• Chair in Manufacturing Skills Development
Programme 3: Increased access to occupationally directed
• Skills development initiatives
• Priority intermediate skills identified specific to
merSETA sub-sectors
• Strategy to expand artisan development
• List of identified high level national scarce skills
• Established research, development and
innovation capacity
• Supporting Strategic Infrastructure Programmes
Programme 4: Promoting the responsiveness of FETCs to the
intermediate skills needs of the sector
• FETC participation in Development Quality Partnership (DQP)
• Harnessing the potential of FETCs to strengthen the artisan
development pipeline (dual system apprenticeships and postNCV graduates)
• FET Curriculum Review
• Private / public provider partnerships
• Seta presence on FET college campuses
• Mechanisms established to address gaps between industry and
academic provision
• Articulation across VET system
• E-learning
• Work placement for FETC graduates
• Cross-cutting priorities
Programme 5: Addressing the low level of youth and adult language
and numeracy skills to enable additional training
• STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) programme aligned to Career
• Established partnerships with schools and
relevant institutions
• Increased entrance to tertiary education in
merSETA sector
• Increased entrance to additional training
• Foundational Learning Competence (FLC)
Programme 6:Promoting workplace skills development
within the sector
• Grants allocation aligned to equity targets and
workplace productivity
• Instruments to measure return on training
investment (i.t.o Efficiency, Effectiveness and
• Sector projects supported to address skills gaps
and imbalances towards improved productivity
• Cross-sectoral partnership projects supported to
address skills gaps towards Local Economic
Development (LED).
Programme 7: Encouraging and supporting Cooperatives, Small Enterprises,
Worker-initiated, NGO and Community Training Initiatives
• Participation of SMEs in relevant learning programmes,
especially artisan development
• SME Skills Audit
• Technology-based entrepreneurship support
• Established partnerships, programmes, grants and
• Sustainable Rural and Township Development Strategy
(Training for Economic Empowerment)
• Established sector NGOs, CBOs and Cooperatives
• Mechanisms and models for skills development support
(grant and project-based)
• Meaningful linkages between Coops, NGOs, CBOs and
Programme 8: Career Development
• Integrated career and learner development strategy
• Alternative mechanisms including national and
international partnerships to enable career-pathing
and personal development
• Established learning pathways to support career
• Enhanced awareness of workplace and post-school
institutions for career development opportunities of
• Enhanced profile of merSETA careers nationally
• Support initiatives of complementary entities
including government, NGOs and institutions
through regional partnerships
7. Targets
• Programme Performance Indicators, linked to annual targets, are
negotiated with the Department of Higher Education and Training.
This forms the basis of the SLA with DHET
• Based on the promulgation of the new grant regulations, as well as the
DHET’s own scorecard, this year significant increases have been
negotiated on certain categories
• Achievement of these sector targets depends on fully leveraging the
PIVOTAL programmes, reducing budgets on non-essential projects,
and negotiating partnership funding
• The targets are broken down per region
• See targets matrix (handout)
2013/14 Targets
Unemployed learnerships entered
4500 (5400)
Unemployed learnerships Certified
1600 (1920)
Unemployed Interns entered
221 (265)
Unemployed Internships certified
110 (132)
Employed apprentices entered
2400 (2880)
Employed apprentices certified
1200 (1440)
Unemployed artisans entered
3600 (4320)
Unemployed artisans certified
2000 (2400)
Work Experience (P1 & P2)
662 (794)
Workplace placement (FETC graduates)
1350 (1620)
Employed skills programmes entered
3400 (4080)
Employed skills programmes completed
2380 (2856)
Employed learnerships entered
4500 (5400)
Employed learnerships certified
2200 (2640)
Co-ops 7 (9), Small Business Support 2315 (2778), NGO/CBO 11 (13)
Career Guidance
1720 (2064)
Thank You
Derrick Peo
General Manager : IRD

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