QCTO - Quality Council Trades

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations or QCTO was established under the terms of the Skills Development Act to oversee occupational qualifications from design to certification. Focusing on occupational qualifications such as machine operators and technicians, the QCTO aims to set the standard for and develop high quality occupational qualifications to ensure that South Africa has the qualified workforce it needs to succeed. The QCTO also assists those who provide qualifications on an occupational level, accrediting them and ensuring they meet the required standards. Look below for all the latest news about the QCTO to know what's going on in the realm of occupational qualifications.



Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, hailed the launch of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations as a landmark day that commemorated a decade of hard work on skills development in South Africa. Wilson Nzimande from the Coastal KZN FET College is the first Chairperson of the organisation.

While the Department of Labour is in the final stages of establishing the QCTO framework, Milpark Business School, in partnership with the IOB, has been appointed by the Bankseta to pilot the first official QCTO qualification in the Banking Sector.

For the first time, business can look forward to demand-led education that is responsive and tailored to the needs of the economy. When it eventually gets off the ground, the QCTO will dramatically change the lives of all skills and organisational development professionals, writes Jim Freeman.

Des Squire looks at the changes we can expect from the introduction of the Occupational Qualifications Framework by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

The forthcoming Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) will work to ensure that occupational-related learning is fully supported and developed. It it the result of a review of the current National Qualifications Framework and aims to address shortcomings that were identified. Role players can still comment on and contribute to the establishement of the QCTO.

Big changes are in store for the legislative framework that guides education and training in the country. Des Squire is feeling excited about the proposed changes, particularly the streamling of the quality assurance function and an end to the arguments about who owns what qualification! He outlines the proposed changes in more detail.

The Department of Labour’s Elizabeth Thobejane was able to give delegates at the Qualifications Africa conference more information on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations or QCTO. The new quality council (the QCTO), which is expected to be up and running by 2009, allows professional bodies to participate, if you wish to.

Draft service level agreements are being submitted to the Setas proposing a total target of 20 000 priority scarce-skill-artisans to receive training next year. A draft Skills Development Amendment Bill has also been prepared to ensure the quality of skills development through the establishment of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

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