Linking the CET Colleges to skills development & AET

By sylviahammond, 24 February, 2020

Daily it becomes clearer that skills development practitioners need to acquire additional law and taxation knowledge and skills.

A recent welcome announcement for skills development providers (SDP)s has been the postponement of the absolute requirement to register with the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET). That was required for SDPs providing training leading to qualifications or part-qualifications, registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). (That is in addition, and after, to becoming accredited with the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) or Sector Education & Training Authority.)

See DHET Communique 1 of 2020 that reversed by DHET Communique 1 of 2016.

Note: Do note confuse this with DHET SD Circular 1 of 2020, and DHET SD Circular 4, which rescinded Circular 1 - that is about the implications of the ongoing court cases about skills development levies (SDL).

Communique 1 refers to the National Policy on Community Colleges, under the Continuing Education & Training Act of 2006 (CET Act).

I have attached that act for further discussion. Please read the act & I suggest look for the links with skills development. The act intends to cover those not in employment, but there are linkages between the adult education covered, and what takes place in the workplace. Such as the ABET/AET and the GETC programmes, offered by training providers.

Please see point 3.14 - I disagree with the words:
"...lack of impact of the qualification with regard to its contribution to skills development...".

In my personal experience of a workplace that has offered AET, and GETC, in order to capacity the workers to be able to register on Learnerships.

I suggest that there is also an opportunity for employers to be working with those community colleges to prepare workers for employment.

Then another point, it would be interesting to work together I think - on 5.1 - just to produce an updated list of that legislation passed since this gazette was published.

Apart from those comments I would suggest that before the DHET goes ahead and makes changes to the CET Act, that there is a clear understanding of the linkages between the external training under the new colleges, and the same education taking place within workplaces.

Interested in your comments.


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