Bank SETA: Investors in People

One of South Africa ’s most important Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), Bank SETA characterizes itself as an “Investor in People.” Transformation includes promotion of educational, economic, and cultural equity with respect for the value of diversity. People development signifies the wide range of educational programs SETA develops and monitors in concert with its…

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Theta: Developing Skilled Professionals for the Tourism Industry

The South African Skills Development Act of 1998, a landmark achievement in the history of educational reform worldwide, mandated creation of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s) in all the nation’s major industries. Theta, the Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Education and Training Authority, serves as the SETA for South Africa ’s burgeoning tourist industry. As…

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SAQA Guarantees Quality and Consistency of ABET Training

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), under the auspices of the Ministers of Education and Labour, supervised development of the National Qualifying Framework, and guided NQF’s implementation. In the early days, SAQA translated the NQF from paper to practice, determining the meaning of “outcomes-based” and “experiential learning.” SAQA also set qualifying standards for accreditation of…

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Triple e Training: Exemplary Service since 1991

Triple e Training, dedicated to disadvantaged students’ empowerment, numbers among South Africa’s oldest, most respected, and largest providers of Adult Basic Educational Training. Triple e collaborates with business and industry, designing and developing work-based, results-oriented programs of instruction and experiential learning. Triple e emphasizes responsiveness to each community’s unique needs and expectations, and the company…

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ABET Learnerships Expand Opportunities

Many industrial nations struggle with “school-to-work transition” issues: graduates of their traditional educational systems have neither skills nor values immediately applicable in the workplace. In South Africa, however, industry leaders and educators have collaborated for more than twenty years, developing a sophisticated system that promotes students’ learning for work. In South African industries, the notion…

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ABET Products Support Workers’ Learning

Designed to guide, complement, and supplement adult learners’ progress through South Africa’s National Qualifying Framework, ABET materials run the scope of educators’ needs. ABET curriculum materials, assessments, and learning resources assure students compliance with the standards of each Learnership. ABET products include awareness campaigns, assessments, individual and group reporting, students’ instructional materials, portfolios, quality assurance…

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Learnerships

ABET learnerships set qualifying standards for continuing education and training. Learnerships specify essential skills and knowledge “required to access qualifications for further education and training.” In other words, if a learner cannot add, subtract, multiply and divide, he is not prepared for fractions, decimals, and percentages. If a learner cannot carry on a basic workplace…

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Worker Education Classes Emphasize Outcomes

Traditional educators always understood the notion of learning for its own sake as one of their vocation’s guiding principles. One learns a language or logical system because it stimulates the mind, they thought. Measurements of intellectual development prevailed. However, from the beginning, architects of South Africa’s sophisticated worker education classes program insisted growth rates and…

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Worker Education Builds Responsibility

It may not appear frequently among multiple choices, and students may not repeat it a thousand times as they build their portfolios, but “responsibility” remains the fundamental, essential, indispensible, pervasive, and ubiquitous word in worker education. Worker education prepares students not only to become more productive and efficient, but also to become progressively more responsible.…

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