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The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has: i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows: i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from [...]

Proposed Skills Development Act amendments, comments due 31st January 2018

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The minister of Higher Education published a proposal to change the Skills Development Act, comments due before the 31st of January 2018.

Some highlights of these amendments propose to:

The good:
1.   Remove SETA regional offices and create one central sharing system/office to be more effective.
2.   Sharing of resources, such as IT and HR.
3.   SETAs to use one central shared database for all related tasks.
4.   Reduce the SETA income from 10.5% to 10%.
5.   Include Scarce and Critical Skills in the Discretionary criteria. (Whoop Whoop for employers.)
6.   Replacement of the WSP/ATR in a more convenient reporting structure.

The bad:
1.   Keep Mandatory grants at 20%
2.   Keep Discretionary grants at 49.5%

Everyone can comment, either in their personal or business capacity. EACH RESPONSE HELP!

We prepared a brief document in the middle of the holidays and on short notice to help explain some of these proposals. We also prepared a word template that can be used/edited with your own comments to the minister before the 31st of January 2018. The views and comments on these documents are of our own and we welcome any other input and feedback on this topic.

Skills Development proposed amendments White Paper

NSAP proposed amendments explained

THE NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PLAN commenting template