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ERIC Number: ED484604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 154
Abstractor: ERIC
Sector Education and Training Authority for Secondary Argiculture (SETASA), Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME) and Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Final Report October 2004
Academy for Educational Development
This document reports on a programme of technical assistance for the Sector Education and Training Authority for Secondary Agriculture (SETASA) in 2003/2004. It presents background information which is both essential for understanding the rest of the report, including its attachments, and can be seen as reflecting some of the insights gained during the technical assistance. The report then details the activities from various perspectives, before showing how they relate to the planned deliverables. The report ends with some suggestive conclusions and recommendations. Eight attachments contain the final documents and some developmental documents that may be worth keeping on the record. The technical assistance programme had two components, the first concerned with assisting SETASA to serve smaller enterprises in its sector (SMMEs), the second with supporting SETASA?s work in the area of adult basic education and training (ABET). Work on the SMME issues was prefaced by a specially commissioned study of relevant international trends by one of the consultants. It was valuably informed by the results of a parallel project conducted by one of the consultants in a linked SETA. Intensive communication between the team of four consultants with a wide range of the leadership in the secondary agriculture sector confirmed the existence of various challenges to SETASA?s ability to strengthen education and training in SMMEs. The complexity of the skills development regulations put the prescribed action out of the reach of many smaller enterprises. The sheer variety among SETASA?s sub-sectors ? from huge near-monopoly industries to clusters of tiny concerns - made any generally satisfying SMME policy difficult. It also became apparent that communication between SETASA and its constituency had been weak; one of the most valuable benefits of the technical assistance programme was to bring this constituency together, for the first time, in three days of consultation. One gh the findings of the SMME inquiry into work aimed at shaping new directions with the acting CEO and the quality assurance specialist in SETASA. Out of this emerged the decision that he should focus on the development of an NQF Level 1 qualification that would give overall direction to ABET in the sector. Work on this project ranged from participation in a newly-formed SETA ABET Forum and in Umalusi?s debates about the future of ABET qualifications, to the actual technical development of a new qualification. The qualification that emerged drew on existing registered unit standards in the interests of speed of delivery, but also introduced innovations in structure and in one large generalised unit standard for product handling designed specifically for secondary agriculture. Throughout the period that the technical assistance was offered SETASA was beset by problems of overall management. These problems have not been resolved and the future of the organisation is uncertain. Nonetheless, the work completed through the technical assistance programme should continue to be useful in any new structure designed to serve skills development in secondary agriculture.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Washington, DC., Khulisa Management Services; Center for Education Policy Development and Management
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A