Having been set up to encourage skills development through the establishment of a system of levies and grants, the registration of new learners and the quality assurance of training providers and assessors, the Seta system has undergone some early changes and companies have had to understand and adapt to these changes.
As a result, the Rockwell Automation training centre has found that the Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies Seta did not ideally suit its range of products and services, prompting the decision to switch to the Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (ESeta).
“While ESeta caters more specifically for areas like programmable logic computer unit standards and other sectors of our core focus, they do not have unit standards for all the training courses we offer either, and we will have to offer short courses on these subjects instead,” says Rockwell Automation South Africa accounts manager Deon du Plessis.
“The reality is that, in terms of outcomes- based education, our field has not yet been fully documented, and this is a challenge that we, as an industry, will have to address together. Because we offer product-specific training, it is not always easy to link unit standards to the different products involved,” he says.
The company has appointed moderators and assessors for its training fields, and enjoys international accreditation for each of its courses. Training is also carried out according to the International Organisation for Standardisation standards.
“Together with government, other sup- pliers in this industry and the Setas involved, we will arrive at an outcomes-based educa- tion system for our industry,” Du Plessis asserts. “We are looking at getting National Qualification Framework-level accreditation linked to our courses so they can count as credits for various technical and national qualifications.”