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


Constitution of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education & Training Authority (MERSETA)

9. Functions and Duties of the MERSETA


9.1 The MERSETA must perform its functions in accordance with the Act, the Levies Act, the PFMA, Treasury Regulations, and this constitution.


9.2 The MERSETA must in terms of section 10 of the Act:
(a) Develop a sector skills plan within the framework of the national skills development strategy;
(b) Implement the sector skills plan by:
(i) Establishing learnerships;
(ii) Approving workplace skills plans;
(iii) Allocating grants to employers, education and training providers and employees;
(iv) Monitoring education and training in the sector.
(c) Promote learnerships by:
(i) Identifying workplaces for practical work experience;
(ii) Supporting the development of learning materials;
(iii) Improving the facilitation of learning;
(iv) Assisting with the conclusion of learnership agreements.
(d) Promote other kinds of training including the provision of bursaries;
(e) Register learnership agreements;
(f) Perform the functions of an Education and Training Quality Assurance body under the SAQA Act;
(g) Disburse grants in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector;
(h) Liaise with the National Skills Authority on:
(i) National Skills development policy;
(ii) National skills development strategy; and
(iii) The sector skills plan of the MERSETA.
(i) Report to the Director-General on:
(i) its income and expenditure; and
(ii) the implementation of its sector skills plan.
(iii) annual business plan and NSDS targets.
(j) Liaise with the Employment Services of the Department of Labour and any education body established under any law regulating education in the Republic to improve information:
(i) About employment opportunities;
(ii) Between education and training providers and the Labour Market.
(k) Appoint staff necessary for the performance of its functions; and
(l) Perform any other duties imposed by the Act, the Levies Act, the PFMA, Treasury Regulations or consistent with the purposes of the Act.