SETA is an acronym for Sector Education and Training Authority. An important reason for their existence is to help improve skills of both the employed and unemployed in various sectors. They do this by ensuring that skills training is uniform and of acceptable quality throughout South Africa. They are closely involved in the development of learning programmes and ensure that these programmes follow the governments national skills development plans. Many of the SETAs encourage ABET training for employees with their respective sectors.
Twenty-three SETAs exist. The members of a SETA include employers, trade unions, professional bodies, government departments and bargaining councils, where relevant, from each industrial sector.
Of particular importance to ABET is the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA)
Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Fasset)
ABET is considered important a sector skills priority in this sector, over and above the constitutional right to basic education for all citizens. Fasset has developed a user-friendly ABET Guideline, entitled “EmployerGuide to Adult Basic Education and Training and Implementation in the Workplace”.
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA)
(Please note, the merSETA website was not operational on the 22nd September 2022). Many workers in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector lack the required basic education to enable them to access further learning and development. Workplace basic education and training is important to increase the development of skills in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sectors. The MERSETA has since its establishment implemented large scale Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) projects aimed employees in companies in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sectors. Find out more.