New QCTO framework takes shape

FP&M SETA is earning its stripes in the development of QCTO-aligned qualifications. In the most recent development, 55 occupationally directed qualifications and part-qualifications were aligned to curriculum requirements and the new QCTO qualifications framework.

Twenty-four occupational qualifications and trades have now been registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for implementation, while 24 others are awaiting registration and 10 are with
QCTO for approval.

Furthermore, the SETA met with SAQA and QCTO to appeal for recognition of part-qualifications as qualifications in their own right. The bid was successful and the industry is now realigning its part-qualifications.

In a proactive move, we have also expanded our ETDP training course support with external integrated summative assessment (EISA) and learning material development, which will be given to those applying for accreditations with the QCTO against FP&M SETA occupational qualifications.

In more positive news, our strategic partnerships and collaboration with TVET colleges have yielded excellent results, with three TVET colleges having been recognised as institutes of sectoral and occupational
excellence - False Bay College (Western Cape), Western TVET College - Westcol, (Gauteng), and Umfolozi TVET College (KwaZulu-Natal).

In addition, a concerted effort by the Quality Assurance Division and consultations with the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) and QCTO, have markedly improved the artisan certificates issuing process and
we have completely cleared the backlog.

Lastly, service delivery has been enhanced through the streamlining of quality assurance processes and the continued development of a fully functional management information system (MIS) with modules to improve the management and reporting of learning programmes.

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