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Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has: i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows: i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from [...]


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Legislative Framework

PIVOTAL Grant criteria and guidelines are drawn from the following legislative framework:

  • Government Gazette No. 35940 of 3 December 2012 on Sector Education and Training Authorities(SETAs) Grant Regulations regarding monies received by a SETA and related matters, published by the Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

PIVOTAL grant purpose

The PIVOTAL grant is aimed at:

  • Improving the quality and quantity of labour market information received by the SETA in the form of workplace skills plans, annual training reports and PIVOTAL training reports to inform planning.
  • Promoting National Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered and quality assured PIVOTAL programmes that address priority scarce and critical skills identified in the SETA Sector Skills Plan (SSP).

PIVOTAL programmes definition

According to NSDS III and the new SETAs Grant Regulations regarding monies received by a SETA and related matters (Government Gazette No. 35940), PIVOTAL programmes refer to:

Professional, vocational, technical and academic learning programmes that result in qualifications or part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that address critical and scarce skills needs.

  • Professional learning programmes shall mean programmes that lead to designations that are registered by professional bodies.
  • Vocational learning programmes shall mean nated and artisanal programmes that lead to a trade and/or the National Certificate Vocational (NCV).
  • Technical learning programmes shall mean programmes that are occupationally-directed and registered by the SETA; such programmes include apprenticeships, learnerships and skills programmes.
  • Academic learning programmes shall mean programmes that lead to academic qualifications such as certificates, Higher Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.