Out of the 21 SETAs, the ETDP SETA is one of 18 SETAs that has been re-established with no changes for the period 2011 – 2016 (Certificate no. 07/ETDP/01/04/11) by the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Dr Blade Nzimande.
The SETA is mandated to promote and facilitate the delivery of education, training and development in order to enhance the skills profile of the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and contribute to the creation of employment opportunities especially for those previously disadvantaged.
The strategic objectives of the ETDP SETA are to:
- the identification of skills shortages and training needs in the sector
- the development of qualifications and learning pathways for education, training and development practitioners
- an increase in the levels of investment in education, training and development in the sector and to improve the return on that investment
- the development of the skills of workers in the sector at all levels, through
- a better quality of life for workers, employment prospects for those previously disadvantaged and labour mobility
- productivity in the workplace and healthy competition among employers
- self-employment and
- redressing imbalances caused by a separate and unequal education and training system
Function of ETQA
The ETQA Unit amongst other responsibilities is responsible for the following:
- Ensure continuous quality improvement of education and training through the accreditation, monitoring, and auditing of Skills Development Providers (SDPs);
- Register constituent assessors and moderators;
- Undertake capacity-building interventions for accredited SDPs to meet the ETDP SETA, NSDS and the NQF objectives;
- Maintain a learner management system compatible with the National Learner Record Database (NLRD), which is administered by SAQA; and
- Certificate learner achievements.
- Develop Occupational Qualifications
The primary purpose of the ETQA Unit is to monitor and audit the achievement of standards by:
- Strengthening quality assurance through review, research and development of appropriate and relevant quality assurance policies and processes;
- Ensuring that all accredited SDPs are delivering the quality of provisioning for which they are accredited, through a comprehensive accreditation, monitoring and auditing process;
- Accreditation of SDPs for unit standards or qualifications registered on the NQF;
- Evaluation of learning programmes;
- Quality assurance of learner achievements;
- Improving the quality and relevance of education and training in the sector;
- Establish and maintain a database by recording learner achievement;
- Registration of constituent assessors and moderators; and
- Support SDP Development
Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function within the quality assurance system. There are a number of advantages of becoming an accredited SDP, including that the overall quality of education and training provision in South Africa is raised and maintained at a consistently high level. This means that the clients who uses the services of that SDP can be sure that it complies with the required standards for learning and assessment services. It also means that all learners can be assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits and qualifications they achieve through the education and training service will be nationally and internationally recognised.
In addition, only accredited SDPs are able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered unit standards and/or qualifications which are quality assured by the ETDP SETA. Accreditation therefore provides SDPs with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.
Who should apply for accreditation with the ETDP SETA?
SDPs who qualify for accreditation with ETDP SETA include those SDPs who primarily offer programmes based on the qualifications and/or unit standards in the primary focus of ETDP SETA. The primary focus of the ETDP SETA includes the following areas:
- Development Practitioners
- Early Childhood Development Practitioners
- ABET Practitioners
- Occupationally Directed ETD Practitioners
- Community Development Practice
- Environmental Educators
- Educators in Schooling
- Assessor standards
- Environmental Education
- Inclusive Education
- Braille Practice
- Orientation / Mobility practice for blind & partially sighted persons
- Trade Union Practice
- Youth Development
- Library Practice
SDPs that are accredited by another ETQA but wish to offer unit standards and/or qualifications belonging to ETDP SETA, will be required to apply through their Primary ETQA to have their programmes evaluated.
For all ETDQA related matters, please contact your Provincial Office. Each Provincial Office has an ETDQA Officer who is ready to be of service to you.