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Report on the Services Seta Enterprise Development Collaboration and Discretionary Grants Application Capacitation Workshop
Date held: 08 September 2017
Venue: DUT ML Sultan Campus
The Services SETA collaboration workshop deliberated informative consultation to a number of stakeholders who graced the event. The theme of the day was “how could stakeholders collaborate to increase capacity” and make it easier to access grants and use their combined capabilities in Education, Training and Development while increasing learner empowerment.
2. Why Focus on Collaboration?
All Setas have changed their grant disbursement strategy from giving grants to individual stakeholders into giving grants to a group of stakeholders. The reasoning behind this focus is that it will bring effective use of resources. An interesting insight is that through collaboration, stakeholders can effectively combine the Skills Development components of theory, practice and work experience.
Some of the advantages of collaboration are:
• Easy accomplishment of the objectives of the Skills Development Plan and the National Development Plan
• Decrease in competition for stakeholder grant application
• Sharing of resources while each partner bring along its Key Success Factors to the collaboration
• Increased accountability
3. Types of Collaborations
The collaboration is made up of two categories: Partnerships and Joint Ventures (SMMEs).
Partnerships are collaborations between Skills Development Providers and larger companies while Joint Ventures include small businesses, SMMEs and cooperatives.
70% of grants will be allocated to Partnerships and 30% to Joint Ventures. Bigger Partnerships will have the highest chances of getting grants.
4. Types of Stakeholder Involvement
In the collaboration strategy different partners will have different focus and play different roles. Types of involvement are highlighted below:
There are two categories of employers: the lead employer and the Host employer.
4.1.1 Lead Employers
The lead employers include labour brokers and Skills Development Providers. They normally approach bigger companies (host employers) and help them with skills development plans and programmes. Their involvement include, but not limited to, accreditation, grant application, receiving grants, sourcing learners, assessments, and implementation of skills programmes. They also cater for things such as invoices and SETA document submission. Essentially their role is project management of the Skills Programmes. This role is also done by independent Skills Development Facilitators.
Labour brokers are the highest beneficiaries of these collaboration grants as they have the capabilities of recruiting, training and placing learners; thus meeting all the three components of Skills Development objectives, i.e. theory, practice and workplace experience.
4.1.2 Host Employers
A host employer is a company involved in normal business operations. These include business big corporations and government departments. They have employees who must participate in Skills Development. The lead or host employer can still perform both duties by offering Skills Programmes to their employees.
5. Types of Skills Programmes Funded by the Grants
Learnerships are offered to both employed and unemployed candidates. The grant is R36 000 per learner and the learnership is for a period of 12 months. Learners receive R1500 stipend. Employed learners do not receive stipend.
Internships are offered to graduates inside or outside the company. It funds company employees who want to pursue postgraduate studies in Honours, PhD, Masters and Doctorate. It also funds undergraduates who must get a 1 year work experience before getting their diplomas, such as the N6 students under the Nated qualifications.
The duration is between 1 year and 18 months and the grant range from R60000 for N6 students up to R150 000 for PhD students.
The employer gets R40 000 for managing the graduates’ internship programme.
5.3 Skills Programmes
The Skills Programmes are offered to both the employed and the unemployed. They are short-term in nature, ranging from days to weeks or several months. These Skills Programmes must have a minimum number of 25 credits and a maximum number of 60 credits. The grant per learner is between R6 500 and R36 000 depending on the type of a Learning Programme and the stipend must be budgeted from this grant. The stipend amount differs according to the type of a Learning Programme and can be between R1 500 and R2 500 or no stipend at all. Employed Learners do not receive a stipend. The Assessor and Moderator courses also fall under the funded Skills Programmes.
5.4 Adult Education and Training (AET)
The Services SETA also offers the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC equivalent to ABET Level 4) which also falls under Umalusi.
5.5 Bricklaying and Plumbing
Under its portfolio the SSETA also offers grant for Bricklaying and Plumbing qualifications
5.6 Bursaries for the Unemployed
The SETAs also offer bursaries to the unemployed to do undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Only accredited stakeholders can participate and access these grants. Application and submission of accreditation documents are done online with ongoing consultation with SSETA.
7. Implication of the SSETA Collaborative Grant Application Workshop to Your Company
Your company can take part in a number of these collaborative activities to access grants and empower participants, as highlighted with examples below:
• Collaboration with similar organisations.
• Collaborate with host employers.
• Can act as both Lead and Host employer such as offering Skills
• Participate in the employee development programme by encouraging employees to pursue Skills Programmes undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
• Can involve Skills Development agencies and labour brokerage.
The SETAs’ collaboration strategy opens a window of opportunities to your organisation, while your organisation can still access grants flying solo, much more value can be realised through collaboration with strategically select and suitable organisations to partner with.
• 7.5% of fees goes to your company’s project management
• Full time: Undergraduate R65 000, Honours R90 000, PhD R150 000. Should apply for each phase. i.e.1st year is phase 1.
• Part time: Undergraduate R, Honours R45 000, PhD R65 000. Should apply for each phase. i.e.1st year is phase 1.
• The company gets R40 000 for implementation of the graduate programme
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