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Welcome to the merSETA

The merSETA is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).

Established to promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended), the 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.

The various industry sectors are covered by

six chambers within the merSETA

Metal and
Together the six sub-sectors comprise about 40 000 companies
of which about 14 600 are levy-paying.

The workforce employed by the total number of companies is about 600 000. The total levy income is approximately R1.308 billion.

The merSETA like all other SETAs play a central role in making sure that the

National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) is fulfilled.

The merSETA does not collect levies but instead receives collected levies from the Department of Higher Education and Training. Seventy percent of the levies are disbursed as grants and 10% is kept for administration.

The merSETA does not train – instead it facilitates the process of training by paying grants, registering moderators and assessors, identifying scarce skills, accrediting providers, monitoring the quality of training and implementing projects to close the skills gap.

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Our Vision

Leaders in closing the skills gap.

Our Mission

To increase access to high quality and relevant skills development and training opportunities in order to reduce inequalities and unemployment and to promote employability and participation in the economy.

Our Values

We Care

It’s about caring for people we render services to.

We Belong

It’s about working together with colleagues.

We Serve

It’s about going beyond the call of duty.