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Sector Skills Plan

Sector Skills Plan (SSP) Update – 2008/9

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

Absolute scarcity refers to situations in which suitably skilled people are not available, i.e., where there is a new or emerging occupation, or a compete lack of skilled people. Another cause for absolute scarcity may be a replacement demand (i.e. there are no people enrolled or engaged in the process of acquiring the required skills in order to replace the current workforce). Relative scarcity describes a situation in which skilled people are available, but do not meet other employment criteria. This includes skills shortages that are experienced as a result of geographic location and equity considerations.
Critical Skills are defined as specific key or generic and top-up skills within an occupation. Critical skills include key or generic skills (including SAQA critical cross-field outcomes) e.g. cognitive, language, literacy and mathematical skills.
The results of the latest skill needs are documented in the attached SSP.
WSP and ATR Analysis
Insert Proposal Report
Apprenticeships and Learnerships (2008)
MERSETA ESSA Scarce Skills (105kb)
Skills Sector Plan (5854kb)
SSP 2007-2010 (1860kb)
For enquiries contact:
Dr Salim Akoojee
011 551 5451
Research Commissioned
This section lists the current research commissioned by merSETA and in the process of being conducted.
- Critical and Scarce Skills Modeling
This section documents the results of the research commissioned by merSETA in the course of 2008/9.
- ABET Research (2008)
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