Sector Education and Training Authorities

Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in South Africa encourage skills development in specific economic sectors like agriculture, banking and finance, arts and culture, construction, the chemical industry, education and training, energy and water, the food and beverage industry, health and welfare, local government, manufacturing and engineering, media and advertising, mining, safety and security, wholesale and retail, public services, and others. Currently, there are 21 SETAs that focus on promoting skills development in their sectors.

SETAs focus on providing skills development and training to people employed or seeking employment in their sectors. They are tasked with developing skills development plans in response to the skills needs in their sectors. They then ensure that training in their sectors is of appropriate quality and at the skills levels needed. If you know the sector in which the work you are interested in falls, you could visit the website of the SETA or contact its office to find out more about training options in the sector.

The SETAs provide information on quality education and training offered by employers within their sectors. They can help you to find funding options and avenues to gain new skills while you are working.

Functions of SETA.--(1) A SETA must--

    a. develop a sector skills plan within the framework of the national skills development strategy;
    b. implement its sector skills plan by--
      i. establishing learnerships;
      ii. approving workplace skills plans;
      iii. allocating grants in the prescribed manner to employers, education and training providers and workers; and
      iv. monitoring education and training in the sector;
    c. promote learnerships by--
      i. identifying workplaces for practical work experience;
      ii. supporting the development of learning materials;
      iii. improving the facilitation of learning; and
      iv. assisting in the conclusion of learnership agreements;
    d. register learnership agreements;
    e. within a week from its establishment, apply to the South African Qualifications Authority for accreditation as a body contemplated in section 5 (1) (a) (ii) (bb) and must, within 18 months from the date of that application, be so accredited;
    f. collect and disburse the skills development levies in its sector;
    g. liaise with the National Skills Authority on--
      i. the national skills development policy; ii. the national skills development strategy; and
      iii. its sector skills plan;
    h. report to the Director-General on--
      i. its income and expenditure; and
      ii. the implementation of its sector skills plan;
    i. liaise with the employment services of the Department and any education body established under any law regulating education in the Republic to improve information--
      i. about employment opportunities; and ii. between education and training providers and the labour market;
    j. appoint staff necessary for the performance of its functions; and
    k. perform any other duties imposed by this Act or consistent with the purposes of this Act.

Sector Education and Training Authorities

AGRI SETA
BANK SETA
CHIETA
CETA
CATHS SETA
ETDP SETA
EW SETA
FP&MSETA
FASSET
FOODBEV
HWSETA
INSETA
LGSETA
MERSETA
MICTSETA
MQA
PSETA
SASSETA
SERVICES SETA
TETA
W&R SETA