The National Skills Authority (NSA) convened a meeting with the representatives of the 21 governing structures of the 21 Governing structures of the Seta Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) on 25 May 2016 as part of the NSA’s legislative role of monitoring the performance of SETAs. The Skills Development Act 97 of 98 as amended required that the NSA must liaise with SETAs on the national skills development strategy.
The newly appointed Chairperson of the NSA led the discussions and indicated that the purpose of the meeting was to engage on the performance of SETAs, the impact of skills development programmes within the Post-school Education and Training system and the current and future activities that sought to enhance skills development work.
SETAs emphasised that:
- The current system should ensure that performance targets were relevant.
- In future the scope of SETAs should be focused and clear.
- The system should move towards monitoring qualitative targets.
- There was an urgent need for a common monitoring and evaluation framework.
- The discussions on the future SETA landscape to be preceded by discussions on the strategy
The SETAs also viewed the engagement with the NSA as very strategic and proposed continuous future engagements with the NSA, SETA Chairpersons and CEOs on key skills development policy related issues.