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


Constitution of Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&R SETA)

8. Functions of the W&R SETA


8.1 THE W&R SETA shall, subject to the provisions of the Act, have the following functions and all such other functions as it may be required to perform in terms of the Act;


8.2 To develop a sector skills plan within the framework of the national skills development strategy for the sector.


8.3 To increase the levels of investment in education and training in the sector and to improve the return on that investment.


8.4 To implement the sector skills plan by:
8.4.1 Approving workplace skills plans;
8.4.2 Establishing learnerships
8.4.3 Allocating grants in the prescribed manner to employers, education and training service providers and workers in the sector;
8.4.4. Monitoring education and training in the sector; and


8.5 To promote learnerships by:
8.5.1 Identifying the relevant workplace where individuals can gain practical work experience;
8.5.2 Improving the facilitation of learning;
8.5.3 Encouraging workers in the sector to participate in learnership and other training programmes;
8.5.4 Encouraging employers in the sector to use the workplace as an ctive learning environment;
8.5.5 Supporting learning and the development of learning materials; and
8.5.6 Assisting in the conclusion and registration of learnership agreements.
8.5.7 To perform the functions of an Education and Training Quality Assurance body.
8.5.8 To liaise with the National Skills Authority as well as other SETAs on issues including inter alia: A national skills development strategy; A skills development policy; and Its own sector skills plan.


8.6 To report to the Director-General on the implementation of its sector skills plan, its income and expenditure and to consolidate its reports;


8.7 To submit to the Director-General
8.7.1 any budgets, reports and financial statements on its income and expenditure that it is required to prepare in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, (Act No 1 of 1999) and
8.7.2 plans, reports on the implementation of its sector skills plan and service level agreement.


8.8 To liaise with employment services of the Department of Labour and any educational body established in terms of educational laws of South Africa in order to improve the quality of information:
8.8.1 about employment opportunities;
8.8.2 between educational providers and the labour market; and
8.8.3 quality assurance functions as contemplated in Section 10 of the Act.


8.9 To facilitate the involvement of the relevant government departments and employer and employee organisations in the activities of the W&R SETA to:
8.9.1 Address the competency requirements for social delivery;
8.9.2 Address the learning needs of the sector; and
8.9.3 Promote training in small, medium and micro enterprises to enable them to qualify for public contracts,


8.10 To register learnership agreements;
8.10.1 To apply for accreditation to the SAQA.
8.10.2 To disburse the skills development levies in the sector in terms of the Levies Act and its prescribed regulations;
8.10.3 To appoint an Executive Committee and such other committees, sub committees or chambers as it may from time to time determine necessary for the due performance of its duties; and


8.11 To perform any other duties imposed by the Act, the Levies Act and, the Constitution or any other function not specifically mentioned, in order to fulfill the objectives of W&R SETA.


8.12 To comply with provision of the Act by concluding a service level agreements as prescribed for each financial year.