There are many rumours circulating about the future of Private Providers in terms of the NSDS 3. Some of these have been started by prominent people from SETAS and other so called professional associations. To quote from an advertisment on Skills Portal
The proposal is simple:
THERE IS NO ROLE FOR PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS IN SETA SIGHTS, EXCEPT FOR THE ABILITY OF PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS TO CAPACITATE PUBLIC TRAINING PROVIDERS OR IF THEY ENTER INTO A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTICIPATION EXERCISE WITH PUBLIC FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING COLLEGES (This is gross misrepresentation and totally unprofessional)
The document as put forward by the Minister is a first draft for consultation. Mention is made in this document of the need for the upliftment of public providers and the need for public and private providers to form partnerships with workplaces – and I might add for very good reason.
In addition the document specifically states in section 5.4 – “This should not be read to infer ther is no role for private providers – it does signal there is a need to uplift public providers and where private providers can assist with this task their contribution will be highly appreciated“.
How anyone can read into this that private providers are to be done away with is beyond me and intrigues me. Why are private providers being so unprofessional and so insecure?