Adult Basic Education and Training - ABET
Supporting adult learning in South Africa

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25 Setas were established in March 2000 in terms of the Skills Development Act, to cover all sectors in South Africa, including government. The members of a Seta include employers, trade unions, professional bodies, government departments and bargaining councils, where relevant, from each industrial sector. The Seta Landscape was revised to 23 Setas in March 2005.

SETA Offices

Agriseta (Agricultural sector education training authority)
ABET is an extensive programme to assist employees in the agricultural environment to improve levels of literacy and numeracy, so that they may enter further learning programmes such as learnerships.

FASSET (Seta for Finance, Accounting, Management, Consulting and other financial services)
Within the Fasset sector education levels are generally high and only 3% of employees require ABET. However this still equates to a sizeable number of people who can benefit from ABET training. Fasset's Management Board stands behind Fasset in identifying ABET as a sector skills priority. Fasset actively encourages the implementation of ABET within the workplace with Fasset funding ABET programmes countrywide for employees who have registered with Fasset. An externally appointed service provider delivers the training.

MERSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and related services)
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 thus imperative 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. To find out more follow these links: Skills Development Incentives Projects ABET.

BANKSETA (Banking sector Education & Training Authority)
The BANKSETA is cognisant of its mandate to support Adult Basic Education and Training and its second component of this strategic priority area being Life Long Learning Initiatives for employees in the banking sector. (Please contact BANKSETA for more information on these) With specific reference to ABET the BANKSETA's target is only within the scope of already employed people in the sector. Given the scope and the nature of the industry the need for ABET is at lower levels in comparison with others sectors, especially those that are blue collar. It is recognised that still, commitment to supporting ABET is important in order to continue raising the levels of skills in the sector. The project will support the training of employees from BANKSETA levy paying and non-levy employers. The project will either fund employers directly through an employer grant (where the employer provides ABET internally or appoints preferred provider) OR the employer uses the BANKSETA Preferred Provider to deliver the ABET training. In case of a company appointed ABET training the BANKSETA encourages constituent organisations to subscribe to accredited training.

SASSETA (Seta for safety and security)
Following requests from stakeholders to increase the number of learners interested in joining the ABET programme, SASSETA Management would like to invite all its stakeholders for funding opportunity which is being offered to companies registered with the Safety and Security SETA. Companies interested in utilizing this opportunity by offering ABET Programmes to their employees can contact Anna Setsetse at SASSETA on Tel: 011 347 0200


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