What is a Seta?

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The acronym stands for 'Sector Education and Training Authority' and there are 25 such organisations, each representing one section of the economy. The Seta is tasked with distributing the money that is raised from Skills Levies back to their sector, developing learning programmes that are relevant for their sector and maintaining the highest standards of training.

The Seta is headed up by a council including representatives from organised business and organised labour and is run by a management team.

How successful have the Setas been? Some are doing a good job but others have been seen most often in newspapers amid allegations of corruption and incompetence.

However with skills development so important for the success of the economy it is important that all businesses engage with their Setas and raise their standards.

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