The SETA was established in March 2000 following the promulgation of the Skills Development Act, Act 97 of 1998 (as amended), and was re-established in April 2010. One of its mandates is to implement learning programmes including Learnerships, Apprenticeships, Skills Programmes and any other prescribed learning programmes which includes a structured work experience component. Mandated to promote and facilitate the delivery of education, training and development in order to enhance the skills profile of the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and contribute to the creation of employment opportunities especially for those previously disadvantaged.
Out of the 21 SETAs, the ETDP SETA is one of 18 SETAs that have been re-established with no changes for the period 2011 – 2016 (Certificate no. 07/ETDP/01/04/11) by the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Dr Blade Nzimande.
The overall objective of the ETDP SETA is to ensure that education and training systems, processes, procedures and qualifications are in place to ensure that high quality education and training is available in the education sector as per the relevant pieces of legislation.
The ETDP SETA is currently implementing the following Learnerships:
1. Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) in ECD NQF Level 4;
2. National Diploma in ECD Practice NQF Level 5;
3. Development Practice NQF Level 5;
4. Youth Development Practice NQF Level 5 and
5. National Diploma in Environment Studies NQF Level 5.
The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Learnerships
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the first and essential step that children need to enable them to succeed in their schooling years. It is a priority area in South Africa in order to improve the quality of basic education and learner achievement. This priory is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. Consequently, the ETDP SETA places a huge emphasis on ECD programmes to help improve children’s capacity to develop and learn for better long term prospects. In order to meet ECD needs, the ETDP SETA is implementing the FETC in ECD Practice NQF Level 4 and the Diploma in ECD Practice NQF 5 for practitioners in all nine provinces. The ECD NQF Level 5, a two-year programme with 240 credits is aimed not only at increasing employment prospects for the unemployed but also at producing suitably qualified ECD practitioners with a recognised qualification.
Extracted from www.etdpseta.org.za.