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Higher Health Webinar Invitation COVID-19 capacity building

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    Attention Private Skills-development Providers

    Higher Health (HH) is the Health & Wellness Centre set up within the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET). Previously known as HEAIDS & rebranded with a wider mission late last year, HH is responsible for universities and Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) colleges.

    I have been petitioning/moaning/complaining to APPETD about the lack of representation of private providers, who are not APPETD members – and the failure of DHET to include private providers – and even to really know or understand, who they are – or how the subsector works. (The registration debacle is just one example.)

    But to be fair to DHET staff – part of the problem is the way Post-School Education & Training (PSET) structures have been set up over time – that hampers them.

    So this is a very important invitation. The body that represents the universities and TVET colleges is inviting all private providers.

    This is the email from APPETD:
    “As per outcomes of the Higher Health meeting held on the 1 June 2020 APPETD extends the below invitation to all private providers.

    Below the invitation from Higher Health to the Capacity building/training session for all private providers. This includes Skills Development Providers, Private Colleges, Private Higher Education Institutions and SMME`s. Please do register and use this open session to pose your questions and to seek clarity on matters pertaining to your sub sector.”

    The invitation:
    “You are invited to a HIGHER HEALTH webinar with a focus on COVID-19 PSET Guidelines and Protocols, confirmed for
    11 June – a webinar for various PSET institutions.

    An agenda is attached for your information.

    When: 11 June 14:00-17:00

    Topic: Capacity Development Webinar on COVID-19 PSET Guidelines and Protocols

    Register in advance for this webinar:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Looking forward to your presence on this Zoom Webinar Thursday 11 June 2020.

    We have allowed enough time for a Q&A after the presentations, so please use the Chat option in Zoom to ask any questions you want to put to the panel.

    Hanlie Brand
    PA to the CEO: Higher Health​
    Executive Assistant to the CEO”

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    Lynel Farrell

    Thank you Sylvia. I will also distribute on other networks!

    Kerrin Badham

    Thank you Sylvia

    Very NB meeting. Thanks for championing the cause of private providers who are not members of APPETD. I must say, I have been battling to get hold of APPETD. We want to join and have had no success so far.


    Hi Kerrin
    I suggest try Cynthia directly


    Thx Lynel
    Personally I believe it would be quite simple for the DHET to gain a very good grasp of the private providers of ETD – as you know the providers are all over social media.

    Also if every SETA provides a list of their accreditations (which surely QCTO should maintain) & add to QCTO accredited SDPs then at least you have all the accredited providers.

    Then pick up additional via a combination of:-
    Asking employers who they use &
    Asking SARS.

    Then DHET would have a pretty good picture of all private providers of ETD.

    One last point would be defining Consultancy – e.g. if an SDF “trains” an employer in the requirements of the SDA & Regulations, holds meetings, does presentations to the consultative committee, etc.

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