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Skills Programmes

What are skill programmes?

Skills programmes are one or more-unit standards that leads to a skill and earns a credit on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) towards a qualification.

Skills programmes are compiled by the employer, after a particular skills need has been identified.  The programme will then be registered with the relevant SETA, and certified through the NQF-based accreditation route.

The short skills learning intervention has been designed as an occupationally based, short term learning program. When successfully completed by the learner, it constitutes credits towards a qualification registered on the NQF.

The Skills Program comprises of a cluster of unit standards derived from the same qualification between 25 and 60 credits

Examples of Skills Program include: Business Communication, Problem-Solving, Health and Safety, Business Administration, Project Management, Conflict management, Mechanical Principals, Earth-moving specialisation, HIV training, Diversity training and team building.

Skills Development

The Skills Development Act is in place to ensure development of skills in South Africa and to improve the prospects of work and improve productivity in the workplace, competitiveness of employers and promote self-employment.

The implementation of this legislation is a specialist endeavour and one that LEARNME can assist you with.   Our qualified and experienced Skills Development Facilitators (SDF) will assist with the planning, implementation and reporting of your training and assist with your SETA related duties.

Our SDF services includes;

  • Development of Workplace Skills Plan (WSP)
  • Submission of the WSP to the relevant SETA
  • Advise and assist on the implementation of the WSP
  • Draft and Annual Training Report (ATR) on the implementation of the WSP
  • Advice on the quality assurance requirements set by the SETA
  • Act as contact between SETA and employer
  • Serves as the resource on all Skills Development aspects

They will ensure you comply with the requirements of The Skills Development Levy Act (SDL).  If your salary pay-out is more than R500 000 over a 12month period, you are liable to pay SDL.

These levies are distributed among the SETA’s and the funds used to develop and improve skills.   Along with the requirements of SDL, Government also requires the monitoring and implementation of Employment Equity.

What is the difference between skills programmes and learnerships?

LEARNERSHIP SKILLS PROGRAMME
Formally registered via a SETA with the Department of Labour Formally registered or recorded by a SETA
An integrated learning programme delivered according to a pre-determined curriculum Need to comply with a clearly described structure-unit standards outcomes
Usually completed as stand-alone units Components of learnership may be completed as a skills programme. Learners gain credits towards a learnership
Minimum of 120 credits on the NQF No specific number of credits
Duration is at least 12-24 months as 120 credits represents 1200 notional hours of learning required Duration is not fixed and varies depending on the time required to achieve the specific outcome
Formal learnership agreement is signed No formal agreement
Clear plans and set-out programme rules No plans

TETA Skills Programmes

(Transport Education Training Authority)

Overview

One of the responsibilities and primary functions at TETA is to ensure skills development in all the various transportation sub-sections:

  • Aerospace
  • Freight Handling
  • Forwarding & Clearing
  • Maritime
  • Rail
  • Road Freight
  • Road Passenger
  • Taxi

At LEARNME we offer a variety of BEE Aligned TETA Skills Programmes focusing directly on the skills needed in the transport sections in the construction, civils and mining sectors.

All our programmes are SAQA aligned and fully accredited with TETA. 

WE OFFER BOTH NOVICE AND REFRESHER COURSES.

BEE Aligned TETA Skills Programmes

Skills Programme Name:

SAQA ID:

NQF Level:

Credits:

Operate a vehicle combination

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TETA Skills Programme Overview – Operate a vehicle combination

The purpose of learning is to ensure safe, professional operation of vehicle combinations with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3.5 tons, and consisting of a drawing vehicle and trailer/s. Credited learners can drive a specific vehicle combination in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on the manner in which the vehicle is operated.

Skills Programme Name:

SAQA ID:

NQF Level:

Credits:

Operate a rigid heavy vehicle

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TETA Skills Programme Overview – Operate a rigid heavy vehicle

The purpose of the learning credited in this unit standard is to ensure that learners are able to drive a specific type of rigid heavy vehicle in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on the manner in which the vehicle is operated.

Skills Programme Name:

SAQA ID:

NQF Level:

Credits:

Operate counter-balanced lift truck

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TETA Skills Programme Overview – Operate counter-balanced lift truck

Competent learners will be able to operate lift trucks for the safe and efficient movement and stacking of freight in a variety of work environments, and take basic care of the equipment in compliance with lift truck manufacturers’ and legislated standards.

This training programme is designed for both novice and experienced learners who may be expected to operate a lift truck while performing their daily duties.

It also makes good business sense that employees who are expected to supervise lift truck operators and related activities should know what the correct operating methods and procedures are so that they are competent to identify good, bad, safe or unsafe operating practices during the course of their supervision day / shift.

Skills Programme Name:

SAQA ID:

NQF Level:

Credits:

Operate a mobile crane

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TETA Skills Programme Overview – Operate a mobile crane

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in crane operations according to safe handling and maintenance practices in compliance with crane manufacturers and legislated standards.

Skills Programme Name:

SAQA ID:

NQF Level:

Credits:

Operate truck-mounted cranes

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TETA Skills Programme Overview – Operate a truck-mounted crane

Competent learners will be able to demonstrate an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in crane operations according to safe handling and maintenance practices in compliance with crane manufacturers and legislated standards.

This training programme is designed for both novice and experienced learners who may be expected to operate a Truck Mounted Crane while performing their daily duties.

It also makes good business sense that anyone who is expected to supervise employees related to these activities should know what the correct methods and procedures are so that they are competent to identify good or bad practices during the course of their supervision day / shift.

Other Resources

Skills Development Levies
Skills Development Act and Amendments

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