Comments on NSDS III and the SETA Landscape

2010-06-14

Since my last newsletter in April, the Minister of Higher Education and Training has released a consultative document outlining a new framework for the development of the next (third) National Skills Development strategy (click here to download a copy of this document). 

You all probably know that two different organisations, as well as the SETAs have been/are currently conducting discussion forums around the country on the consultative document for the Framework for NSDS III.  You are probably also aware that in some circles there is great concern about the future of private providers if these proposals see the light of day.

After careful consideration and conversations with a number of people,


Since my last newsletter in April, the Minister of Higher Education and Training has released a consultative document outlining a new framework for the development of the next (third) National Skills Development strategy (click here to download a copy of this document). 

You all probably know that two different organisations, as well as the SETAs have been/are currently conducting discussion forums around the country on the consultative document for the Framework for NSDS III.  You are probably also aware that in some circles there is great concern about the future of private providers if these proposals see the light of day.

After careful consideration and conversations with a number of people, and contrary to my original decision, I have, today, submitted my comments on the NSDS consultative document, and to a lesser extent, on the proposed SETA landscape.  While the proposed framework does lean heavily in the direction of the public FET colleges and their role in skills development, and it is relatively speaking, silent on the matter of private providers.  Careful reading of the document does not entirely negate the latter, although it does not seem to embrace them either.  This, however, I respectfully suggest, could be the result of a patchy understanding of what is/are private providers and the role that they play in the skills development sector.
 

The comments and the associated recommendations that I have submitted are, I hope, a more balanced attempt to point out what is both good and what is of concern in the proposals.  The skills shortage and the dearth of educated and trained people in this country mean that the circle is big enough for everyone.  The inclusion of public FET colleges in the circle is to be welcomed;  yes we will have to endure the growing pains of how best to work with them, but this needs to be done in a spirit of cooperation, and in the interests of the country and our people. 

Should you wish to read my submission, you can download it here.

As regular readers of my newsletters will know (and welcome to our new readers), I generally only send out newsletters when there is something that needs to be said.  I suspect that we’re entering an interesting phase and that there will be much to discuss, so I will continue to keep you in the loop on developments in this arena.  I also encourage you to make use of the SkillZHub which both posts news “hot off the press” and provides a forum should you wish to raise questions and to debate some of these issues.

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