TRANSPORT EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY
By: Dr Piet Bothma – Chief Executive Officer
Mr Thulani Dlamini – Chairperson of Council
The Transport Sector is a very diverse Sector covering the four modes of transport namely, Air, Sea, Rail and Road, which include transport via pipelines as well as the support functions to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the national economy. TETA established eight Chambers to provide high quality services to this diverse Sector. The Chambers are:
Forwarding & Clearing Chamber
Freight Handling Chamber
Road Freight Chamber
Road Passenger Chamber
According to the latest information from SARS, a total of 8 053 companies in the Transport Sector paying levies to SARS. The number of companies registered with the eight chambers of TETA are 6 833. According to the proxy method 4 188 employ less than 49 people
The Transport Sector can only be as good and effective as the people employed in the sector. It is therefore important to all employers in the Transport Sector to cultivate a culture of high quality life long learning in the workplace to stimulate productivity, economic growth and job creation. It is within this context that the Transport Sector stakeholders in South Africa embraced the Skills Development Legislation and made skills development an integral part of their business development strategy.
The number of companies that actively participate in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) increased by 107% over the last 3 years. Training costs spent by companies actively participating in the National Skills Development Strategy decreased by 20% from 2000/1 to 2001/2002 whilst TETA’s disbursement of grants increased by 430% during the same time period. The number of Learners benefiting from training increased from 92 000 to 134 011 during the same time period.
Chairperson: to share some of TETA’s achievements and challenges I will take the house through the National Skills Development Strategies, five objectives, as set by the Minister of Labour.
DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF HIGH QUALITY LIFELONG LEARNING
TETA Stakeholders agreed that the first step in developing a culture of high quality lifelong learning is to facilitate the development of a framework of high quality learning through a delivery system that enhances the level of skills in the workplace and the Transport Sector at large. This was done by TETA by being accredited as an Education Training Quality Assurance Body during 2001.
TETA then put in place a development strategy to support training providers to achieve accreditation status and more than 103 providers benefited from this approach in the last two years. Up to date 51 of these providers achieved provisional accreditation.
TETA has further supported employers and service providers in the development of 938 assessors. TETA also engaged more than 16 subject matter experts to assess and develop curricula and course materials.
TETA also integrated National and International Regulatory requirements regulated by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as part of the formal qualification process, quality assurance and accreditation of programmes. The TETA Council and SAMSA Board approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in this regard. The Task Team set-up to finalise the proposed working agreement between CAA and TETA is in the process of finalising the proposal for the MOU between CAA and TETA.
Although the official target for workers to have at least NQF 1 Qualification by March 2005, is set at 70% up to date 74% of formal workers in the Transport Sector are in possession of a least a NQF 1 Qualification. 11 268 Workers participated in ABET up to NQF 1 learning over the last 2 years and 5 354 completed a NQF 1 Qualification.
By March 2005, a minimum of 15 per cent of workers must have embarked on a structured learning programme, of which at least 50 per cent must have completed their programme satisfactorily.
The total number of workers benefiting through structured learning programmes in the Transport Sector during the last two years was 226 011 and the successful completion rate of the training is being assessed through the TETA monitoring strategy.
By March 2005, an average of 20 enterprises (to include small, medium and large enterprises) and at least five national government departments, must be committed to, or have achieved the Investors in People Standard.
TETA has been selected as a pilot site for the implementation of the Investors in People Standards.
We were also selected as part of the role out strategy on IiP where we selected 12 companies and a further 4 companies committed themselves to implement Investors in People standards. Therefore a total of 16 companies of which 2 small, 4 medium and 10 large will implement IiP standards with the support and guidance form TETA and the IiP Project Team during 2003/2004.
Challenge faced by TETA for the accreditation of Service Providers
To ensure the availability of Qualifications and Unit Standards
Provide a Framework for Curriculum Development
Ongoing support to Providers
The Capacity of Providers to develop Outcomes Based Learning Material.
The capacity of Providers to develop, implement and maintain Quality Management Systems.
Standardisation of ETQA Processes across the ETQA Fraternity
The development and availability of Moderators
Standardisation of Processes for Learning Programme evaluations
FOSTERING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN THE FORMAL ECONOMY FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
TETA Stakeholders approved the development of a comprehensive Qualifications Matrix for the Transport Sector that promote an Intermodal Strategy, enhancing quality of services and productivity in the Transport Sector.
TETA benchmarked this concept with a range of countries. Expertise, know-how and funds were sought from the South Africa Netherlands Transport Forum to finalise this project.
The comprehensive qualification matrix supports recognition of prior learning, increase flexibility and mobility of qualifications and learner achievement within the Sector. Provide clarity and support to Career Pathing; support the employer with performance management as well as task management in the context of multi-tasking and multi-skilling.
By March 2005, at least 75 per cent of enterprises with more than 150 workers must be receiving skills development grants and the contributions towards productivity and employer and employee benefits are measured.
To date 73% Enterprises within the Transport Sector employing more than 150 workers are receiving skills development grants.
By March 2005, at least 40 per cent of enterprise employing between 50 and 150 workers must be receiving skills development grants and the contributions towards productivity and employer and employee benefits are measured.
Currently, 30% Enterprises within the Transport Sector employing between 50-150 workers receiving grants
By March 2005, Learnerships are available in every sector.
One of the key deliverables to develop learnerships is the availability of Unit standards. The challenge that TETA faced in delivering on this objective was to manage the constraint in actual delivery of unit standards. The TETA Council took a decision to support SGB’s in the development of unit standards and are funded from the strategic window within the discretionary grant funds. TETA actively supports 5 SGB’s to develop unit standards within the Transport Sectors comprehensive qualifications matrix. This fast tracked the development of learnerships to a large extent.
The status of Learnerships in the Transport Sector is as follows:
9 Registered Learnerships
13 Learnerships are in development / due for feedback from the Department of Labour on registration status
11 apprenticeships are in the process of transformation from apprenticeship to learnerships
By March 2005, all government departments must assess and report on budgeted expenditure for skills development relevant to Public Service, Sector and Departmental priorities.
The National Department of Transport is not just contributing to the skills levy paid to the TETA; their HRD strategy is integrated with TETA’s strategy. There have been various projects and Roadshows implemented jointly by NDOT and TETA. The NDOT also submitted Workplace Skills Plans to TETA and timeously reported on activities within the WSP.
TETA has also signed various Memorandums of Understand (MOUs) with Provincial Department of Transport to support the key deliverables within the Sector Skills Plan.
STIMULATING AND SUPPORTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN SMALL BUSINESSES
By March 2005, at least 20 per cent of new and existing registered small businesses to be supported in skills development initiatives and the impact of such support to be measured.
The challenge for TETA was to understand the diversity of needs and demands of small businesses in the Transport Sector, as well as the existing infrastructure to support small business in South Africa.
After consultation with TETA stakeholders, TETA Council approved a proposal to the Minister of Labour and Minister of Finance to implement a levy system for Small Boat Owners. TETA received the support from the respective ministries to implement a levy system for small Boat Operators in the Fishing Industry.
The levy system proved to be very successful and TETA launched a Pilot Programme for Small Boat Operators that benefited 1819 workers in the Fishing Industry. TETA also developed 17 community-based providers to execute this project. These community providers include 4 community co-ordinators, which facilitated and co-ordinated the integration of service delivery at the community level.
With the support from the Minister of Transport, TETA consulted with the Taxi Industry. After clarifying the representation within the Sector, TETA established a Taxi Chamber to ensure proper consultation within the Industry.
TETA developed a holistic strategy for SMMEs in the Transport Sector and signed a Memorandum of Understanding clarifying roles and responsibilities with Ntsika, various SMME Forum, as well as International Organisations to ensure effective and efficient delivery of integrated development services to SMME’s in the Transport Sector.
TETA is confident that this strategy will be able to improve quality, productivity and economic growth for SMME’s and these key deliverables will complement job creation in the Transport Sector. TETA aims to support at least 70 % SMME’s in the Transport Sector through this strategy by March 2005.
PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR EMPLOYABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS THROUGH SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
After assessing the need to develop the informal Taxi and the Fishing Industries, TETA submitted a proposal to the NSF to develop and implement learnerships for these industries, which will improve safety aspects within the respective industry and enhance the quality of service and products within the Taxi and Fishing Industry.
TETA had a slow start with this project as the first draw down of National Skills Funds was received in July 2002.
By March 2005, 100 per cent of the NSF apportionment is spent on viable development projects.
TETA received two drawdowns to date with the third due in March 2003.
TETA implemented Community based Programmes for Small Boat Owners in Kwazulu Natal; Western Cape; Eastern Cape and Saldannah Bay; where 1362 Small Boat Operators benefited through structured skills programmes in the following disciplines:
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET)
After prioritising the needs of the Taxi Industry TETA finalised the procurement of service providers to render training in the following disciplines to learners in the Taxi Industry
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) – (70 Learners per Province – total 630)
Professional Driving Skills (25 Learners per Province – total 225)
Customer Care for Rank Managers (20 Learners per Province – Total 180)
Business Management for Owner/Operators (20 Learners per Province – Total 180)
The total beneficiaries of this phase of the project will be 1215. The learners will represent all provinces in South Africa.
TETA further signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 5 Provincial Departments to align their development strategy for the Taxi Industry with TETA’s Taxi Chamber Skills Plan. Together the 5 Provinces committed an additional R4 million to Education and Training in the Taxi Industry.
TETA also implemented an aggressive HIV/AIDS Project for the Road Freight Industry in partnership with the National Bargaining Council (NBC). With support from the Minister of Transport this project was reviewed and realigned to form the basis of a HIV/AIDS strategy for the Transport Sector.
The Minister established a National Transport HIV/AIDS Co-ordinating Committee (NTHCC), which has strong representation from TETA stakeholders, and is chaired by TETA. TETA Council committed R3.2 million to HIV/AIDS projects, which funded 18 HIV/AIDS Projects up to date and the NBC employed 3 HIV/AIDS trainers on a 3-year contract, which are managed by TETA, to provide HIV/AIDS training to stakeholder companies within the Transport Industry.
4.2 By March 2005, the impact of the NSF will be measured by project type and duration, including details of placement rates, which shall be at least 70 per cent.
Up to date it was only possible to measure the successes within the Pilot Project for Small Boat Operators with two certificate ceremonies, where the Minister of Transport was the keynote speaker and presented the learners with their certificates. The success rate for the pilot project was 80%.
ASSISTING NEW ENTRANTS INTO EMPLOYMENT
By March 2005, a minimum of 80,000 people has entered Learnerships.
Through the eight Chambers of TETA, we facilitated the implementation of seven learnerships where 2356 new entrants / unemployed learners benefited from TETA Grant System and commitment from employers in the Transport Sector in availing their workplace as a place of learning.
To date 315 learners successfully completed their learnerships.
By March 2005, a minimum of 50 per cent of those who have completed Learnerships are, within six months of completion, employed, in full-time study or further training or are in a social development programme.
After implementing learnerships for the last 18 months, it shows that 85% of learners completing a learnership get formal employment within six months in the Transport Sector.
TETA is presently disbursing more than 85% of the total levy income. For the last two years TETA committed its’ total amount of surplus funds to discretionary grants and strategic project. TETA is presently managing 357 discretionary grant projects at company level and 87 strategic projects at TETA level. For the last two years TETA Council approved a total value of R 62 million for discretionary grant projects and R 24 million for strategic projects.
/ms(presentation – labour portfolio com – 11 march 2003 – final - DOL parliament)