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Accredited Training Provider

TRAINYOUCAN is an accredited training provider through the South African Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) with level 4 BEE Status and provides both accredited and customised learning programmes to organisations looking to maximise their investment in developing their staff.

TRAINYOUCAN ACCREDITATION

ETDP SETA Accreditation Number: ETDP10687

We have over 14 years experience in “Train the Trainer” also knows as Facilitation Skills, Assessor, Moderator and SDF (Skills Development Facilitator) Training, including Training Provider Accreditation. We see ourselves as the number 1 Training Company when it comes to continuous support. Not only do we offer monthly public courses on Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF in Durban, but also offer a range of accredited and short courses such as Project Management, Finance, Employment Equity, SHE Rep, Leadership, Supervisor skills, General Management, Receptionist, Event Management and Disciplinary Hearing training.

Our members’ forum consist of over 5600 discussions and templates when it comes to Trainer the Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF Training including model answers for every activity on all Unit Standards offered. That’s right! We have free resources and discussions on every single programme offered.

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In order to ensure that the overall quality of learning and assessment in South Africa is maintained at a consistently high level, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requires that all corporate learning departments be accredited by the relevant ETQA. As part of our barest minimum standard and as can be attested by our previous and existing clients, we are fully compliant with all the requirements of the law; we do not commit fraud and we offer excellent value and service.

We offer:

  • Training Provider Accreditation through our network partners.
  • Train the Trainer training, Assessor training and Moderator training (Unlimited Support)
  • Skills Development Facilitator Training. (SDF)
  • Range of accredited skills programmes in the ETDP and PSETA.
  • Online support FORUM with model answers for all workbook activities.
  • Online Helpdesk manned 7 days a week, Skype, telephone and email support.
  • Purchase Accredited Training Courses.
  • Range of hard and soft skills short courses (Not Accredited).
  • Both public and one site packages to suite our corporate clients.
  • Range of online courses (eLearning).
  • Employment Equity Support and Training
  • Employment and Job resources for freelancers.
  • SETA Registration.
  • No additional consultation or re-submission fees for members.
  • Weekly FREE workshops in Durban on Fridays for all your needs!
  • Discretionary Grants and Special projects with various SETA’s

Pricing Options:

  • ON-SITE-DISCOUNT: Reduced pricing on “On-Site-Venue Training” where the client arranges the venue and catering.
  • PAYMENT PLANS: We also offer payment plans for individuals over three months. R1500 mandatory deposit for the first booking, payable before or on the day of class and balance payable over three months period.
  • FORUM CONTRIBUTION DISCOUNT: 5% TO 20%: Learners will be rewarded between 5% and 20% discount on both classroom and e-learning for contributions on our FORUM on your next booking.
  • GROUP BOOKINGS DISCOUNT: We require a minimum of 4 learners for group bookings including off-site bookings.
  • ACCEPT ALL SETA VOUCHERS: We accept all SETA Vouchers – please contact our helpdesk for more details.
  • FREELANCERS: We connect qualified Trainers and Assessors with the clients at no additional cost. Click here or here for more details.

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Accreditation Services Offered:

  • We’re a provider of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Accredited courses through different SETAs with the scope to deliver and assess these programmes.
  • We provide an online database with skilled and qualified Trainers, Assessors, Moderators and Skills Development Facilitators (SDF) in all regions as our ongoing support to our members.
  • We provide registration and support with registration applications amid the various SETAs.
  • We are able to assist companies in becoming SETA-accredited by developing their unique ETD Quality Management Systems through a consultative process with both SETAs and internal subject matter experts, in addition to experts sourced through our parent network.
  • We provide and offer assistance with a wide range of off-the-shelf courses material, customization and development of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Accredited courses against Unit Standards or Qualifications to suit the needs of the customer.

Proposed New Skills Development Landscape

Proposed New Skills Development Landscape

The Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) published on 10 November 2015 a draft proposal for a new National Skills Development landscape which would take effect on 1 March 2018.

The proposal is a government gazette with a deadline of 20 January 2016 for public comments.

With National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III finishing its five year life-span in 2016 (now extended to March 2018), it was expected that a fine-tuning of the key skills development institutions would take place to support the new NSDS. The proposed new landscape is however a significant evolution in the institutional landscape and one which therefore requires significant consideration and discussion among stakeholders.

The title of the DHET document is “Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) Landscape (NSLP 2015)“.

Please use the hashtag #NSDSIV to tweet on this topic (other more specific hashtags are in use).

What changes are proposed?

Summarised below are the primary changes envisaged in NSLP 2015.  Refer to the 46 page source document for detail.

Changes to SETAs

  • SETAs would be absorbed into the Department of Higher Education & Training but constituted as Specialised Delivery Units (Section 7B of the Public Service Act)
  • They would become permanent structures, rather than have 5 year renewable life-spans
  • They would remain 21 in number (no immediate mergers but clustered into five synergistic groupings)
  • SETA Boards would remain unchanged but have greater representation from government departments in line with a stronger public sector focus

Changes to Funding

  • 80% of the current SETA Discretionary Grant would be shifted to the National Skills Fund (equivalent to the entire current PIVOTAL Grant)
  • Employers would still be able to apply for the 20% Mandatory Grant (unchanged) and 10% of the remaining Discretionary Grant (renamed Sector Specific Grant)
  • SETA administration costs would remain at 10% of the Skills Development Levy, but likely reduced over time as a shared services unit realises bulk savings, and as other bodies take up previous SETA functions, such as Skills Planning
  • Public sector organisations would spend 1% of their personnel budget on quality assured education and training leading to NQF qualifications and fulfill the same reporting obligations as the private sector so as to qualify for funding from the National Skills Fund

Changes to the NSDS

These changes relate to the development of the National Skills Development Strategy IV, the fourth successive five year skills strategy, which will now run from March 2018 – March 2023.

  • The unit of analysis for the NSDS would be that of the occupation, as used in theOrganising Framework for Occupations
  • There would be an emphasis on building the capacity of providers and the relevance of their programmes to occupational learning
  • NSDS IV would be drafted by DHET, informed by consultation with bodies including the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), and finalised by the Minister of Higher Education and Training
  • NSDS IV would act as a guide for the allocation of all funding in the post-school sector (both Skills Development Levy funding and funding from the fiscus, or voted funds) via a Ministerial Statement

Other changes

  • The National Skills Fund would directly fund the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO), currently the QCTO is funded separately by contributions from each SETA
  • The National Skills Authority would perform a monitoring and evaluation function of the SETABs and be responsible for the skills development of SETA employees
  • The DHET would be responsible for a central skills planning unit which would inform all of the post-school sector institutions

Why are these changes proposed?

The overarching reason for these changes is the White Paper for Post-school Education and Training, published by DHET in January 2014, setting out a vision for the post-school sector till 2030. A blog post on the Paper is available on this site, and includes links to the source document.

Other reasons for the proposed changes include:

  • Better co-ordination of skills funding through a central mechanism which can optimise spending and impact
  • Alignment with research and evaluation of the SETA system which proposed a more focused mandate for SETAs (moving quality assurance to the QCTO, and skills planning to the DHET)
  • Recognition that many occupations are cross-sectoral and are not optimally served by the current sectoral focus of SETAs
  • Recognition that institutional learning (generally funded by the fiscus, or voted funds) and workplace learning (generally funded by the Skills Development Levy) are complimentary to occupational learning and therefore need to be funded in a complimentary manner and from a cross-sectoral perspective

The NSLP 2015 proposal document

The document is gazetted as Government Gazette No. 39386. Download the 46 page documenthere (2 MB PDF).

Comments and suggestions

It is essential for everyone involved in the skills development landscape to reflect on these proposals and provide input on improvements so that the final policy document can incorporate the broad collective experience of the sector.

Public comment is due by 20 January 2016. Please email your comments to the DHET at

Enquiries can be directed to any of the following DHET officials:

  • Ms M. Erra on 012 312 5432
  • Ms V. Patuleni on 012 312 5295
  • Mr N. Radzilani on 012 312 6088

The SA Board for People Practice is also coordinating a submission which you can give input to by emailing (LQA Manager) with the subject of the email beginning “Comments to Proposed SETA Landscape“.

http://www.skillshandbook.co.za/2015/10/a-proposed-new-seta-landscape-and-nsds.html

Explaining SETA Accreditation

Explaining SETA Accreditation

In this short video we look at Accreditation.

Links used in this video clip.

SAQA Website: www.saqa.org.za

TRAINYOUCAN Video Blog: www.youcantrain.co.za

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See our video online here: Click here

 

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TRAINYOUCAN  is an accredited training provider through the South African Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and provide both accredited and customised learning programmes to organisations looking to maximise their investment in developing their staff.

 

 

Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape

“Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape within the context of an Integrated and Differentiated Post-School Education and Training System (NSLP-2015)”

The DHET – Department of Higher Education and Training has called for public comments on the future of skills development in South Africa. Minister Blade Nzimande has released his proposals for the Setas and members of the public and interested organisations have until 20th January 2016 to submit their comments.

The proposals is that the Setas would be renamed and re-purposed so that they would become departments of the national Department of Higher Education and Training and renamed as Sector Education and Training Advisory Boards. It is also proposted that instead of their current 5-year life spans as determined by the relevant Minister, the proposal is that these Setabs (!) would be permanent structures.

This new move could suggest that DHET have more power over the SETA’s having questions over the future role of SAQA and the QCTO. One of the other major benefits for DHET would be to have more control over the Skills Levies Fund that could result in major issues for the private sector including skills training on lower levels, also the future of private FET colleges and Training Providers.

During 2013 with the amendment of the Skills Act the allocation of funds to levy paying organisations was reduced from 60% to 20% that resulted in an estimated 40% drop in training statistics between the SETA’s in South Africa. This year, DHET excluded annual training statistics from the different SETA’s in the DHET annual report. Why? Is this part of a cover-up process or a simple strategic move to change the allocation of the Skills Levies Fund to other priorities.

Another change in the 2013 Skills Development Act allowed the DHET to allocate more funds paid by the private sector to Universities and FET’s. Would this last move from DHET mean that Skills Development South Africa especially in the private sector would come to a total stand-still?

Readers can download a copy of this document below.

2015-SDA-Proposals

 

 

 

Seta Mandatory & Discretionary grant regulations declared invalid 21st Aug. 2015

On 3 December 2012, the SETA Grant Regulations were gazetted (Government Gazette no. 35940). These come into effect on 1 April 2013. There were many major substantial changes in the new regulations and these may have serious implications for skills development in our country.

Some of the main changes were:

  1. That the mandatory grant to employers is reduced from 50% to 20%.
  2. Any unclaimed mandatory grants must be transferred by the 15 August each financial year into the discretionary fund.
  3. Discretionary grants will mainly be paid for programmes offered by public FET colleges and universities.

As a result‚ these funds could be spent on national skills initiatives that were not related to workplace training.

Labour Court has set aside certain aspects of the 2012 Seta Grant Regulations‚ declaring them invalid!

The Labour Court’s judgment on Friday 21st of August 2015 declared both regulations to be invalid‚ and it set them aside with effect from March 31 2016.

The court found that Mr Nzimande had failed to consult the National Skills Authority as required by law.

The court also ruled that the minister had acted irrationally by reducing the mandatory grant to employers as set out in the Skills Development Act. The minister had exceeded his powers by prescribing that surplus Seta funds be moved to the National Skills Fund.

The minister was ordered to pay all costs of the application, and Seta’s now have a period of about six months to prepare for the return to the previous skills-funding regime effective in March 2016.

Busa said on Monday it viewed the judgment as a significant decision that reinforced the rule of law and that reasserted the importance of workplace skills training programmes in SA.