The latest merSETA Sector Skills Plan (SSP) was submitted to the Department of Labour (DoL) on 31 August 2008, after sign off by the Governing Board.. The full SSP and accompanying ESSA Scarce Skills submission is available as link to this website below.
The SSP is structured into 5 chapters which contain information on the profile of the MERSETA sector and sub-sectors (chapter 1), the general demand for skill in the sector (chapter 2), the quantity and quality of skills supplied by higher education, FET and private providers (chapter 3), the scarce and critical skills in the sector (chapter 4) and the small business and entrepreneurial opportunities within the sector (chapter 5).
The issue of scarce and critical skills is currently of significant national importance and the government is paving the way for improved reporting of skills shortages, by introducing new Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) Codes which is the organising framework for identifying, monitoring and reporting scarce and critical skills.
Scarce Skills are defined as „those occupations in which there is a scarcity of qualified and experienced people, currently or anticipated in the future