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Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998)


Constitution of the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)

3. Objectives of Authority


In performing the functions contemplated in the Act and in this Constitution, the Authority must seek to promote the objectives contemplated in the Act and this Constitution, and must comply with the Skills Development Levies Act, and to the extent that it is necessary with the Public Finance Management Act.


3.1 General objectives


The general objectives of the Authority are to -

3.1.1 Develop the skills of employees and employers in local government;
3.1.2 Facilitate the development of the skills of employees;
3.1.3 Improve the quality of life, prospects and labour mobility of employees in local government through skills development initiatives;
3.1.4 Facilitate and strengthen the institutional capacity of local government in order to improve productivity and the quality of services thereby enhancing the quality of life of the community and the country at large;
3.1.5 Increase the levels of investment in skills development and to improve returns on such investment; an
3.1.6 Promote the inclusion of contextual knowledge in respect of issues of local government and governance within learnerships and skills development programmes.


3.2 Objectives in relation to employers


The objectives of the Authority in relation to employers are to encourage them to:

3.2.1 Develop their capacity to manage and provide education and training.
3.2.2 Use their workplaces and facilities to create active learning environments.
3.2.3 Develop workplace skills plans in the context of integrated development planning.
3.2.4 Provide new entrants to the labour market with opportunities to learn through exposure to work experience in learnership programmes.
3.2.5 Provide appropriate education and training interventions in relation to job creation or local economic development initiatives.
3.2.6 Provide employment opportunities for persons who might otherwise find it difficult to obtain employment.
3.2.7 Support education and training interventions linked to the objectives and mechanisms of the Employment Equity Act, 1998 and:
3.2.8 Develop appropriate partnerships between themselves and other public, private and non-governmental organisations.


3.3 Objectives in relation to employees


The objectives of the Authority in relation to employees are to encourage them to:

3.3.1 Participate in learnerships and other education and training programmes.
3.3.2 Participate in the governance and evaluation of the programmes they undertake and;
3.3.3 Develop an ethos of responsibility in respect of their work.


3.4 Objectives in relation to local communities


The objectives of the Authority in relation to the communities served by local government are to:

3.4.1 Assist work-seekers to gain access to work experience;
3.4.2 Assist retrenched workers to re-enter the labour market; and
3.4.3 Promote skills for self- employment.