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PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAINING PRESENTATION BY DHET. 21 April 2010 09h30 – 12h30. REQUEST FROM THE COMMITTEE. LETTER OF INVITATION BY THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAINING

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Portfolio committee on higher education training presentation by dhet

PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAININGPRESENTATION BY DHET

21 April 201009h30 – 12h30


Request from the committee
REQUEST FROM THE COMMITTEE

  • LETTER OF INVITATION BY THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • The committee requests the presence of your leadership in its proposed meeting next week Wednesday. The committee would like to be briefed on:

    • The Budget and Strategic Plans 2010/11 of the National Skills Fund (NSF) and

    • The Budget and Strategic Plans 2010/11 of the National Skills Authority (NSA).


  • Structure of presentation
    STRUCTURE OF PRESENTATION

    • NATIONAL SKILLS FUND

      • Preliminary comments: DG DHET, Prof. Mary Metcalfe

      • Presentation: Acting CD NSF, MrEubert Mashabane

    • NATIONAL SKILLS AUTHORITY

      • Preliminary comments: DG DHET, Mary Metcalfe

      • Preliminary comments: Chairperson NSA, Mr Edward Majadibodu

      • Presentation: Acting EO NSA, DDG Mr. Firoz Patel

      • In support: NSA Secretariat, Mr. Thabo Mashongoane



    Introductory comments by the dg
    INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS BY THE DG Skills Fund

    • Period of Strengthening

      • Intention to appoint Acting EO ASAP

      • Intention to bring in a high-level temporary team to review and make proposals to strengthen and modernise systems and processes

    • Review will be informed by a work on NSF as high-level grant-making body with capacity to advise and monitor

    • NSDS3 envisages the NSF as a catalytic fund that leverages the progress we need nationally

    • In discussion with Treasury re the NSF as a public entity or public service component


    Structure of nsf presentation acting cd nsf mr eubert mashabane
    STRUCTURE OF NSF PRESENTATION Skills Fund Acting CD NSF, Mr Eubert Mashabane

    • Overview and mandate of the National Skills Fund (NSF)

    • Context of NSF Strategic Plan

    • Key NSF Strategic Objectives

    • NSF MTEF BUDGET & Outputs

    • Conclusion



    Legislative mandate
    LEGISLATIVE MANDATE Skills Fund:

    Established & mandated by the following acts:

    • Skills development Act,1998 (as amended in2008)

    • Skills development Levies Act,1999

    • Public Finance Management Act,1999

    • Public Service Act,1994 as amended

      Mandated Purposes

    • Fund Projects identified in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) as National Priorities or

    • Fund other projects related to the achievement of the purpose of the Act as the DG determines

    • Administration of the NSF within prescribed limit


    Legislative mandate continued
    LEGISLATIVE MANDATE Skills Fund (continued)

    Governance:

    Director-General: DHET is the accounting authority of the NSF and must

    1.Control the fund

    2. keep proper records (financial, assets & liabilities)

    3. prepare annual financial statements

    4. Appoint executive officer who is in the public service

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    Other legal obligations
    Other legal obligations Skills Fund

    • NSF to be managed in accordance with PFMA

    • The NSA to advise Minister on the strategic framework and criteria for the allocation of funds from the NSF

    • Investment of surpluses

    • DG to submit annual financial statements to NSA for information

    • Unexpended balances can be carried over to next financial year

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    Dhet strategic priorties
    DHET STRATEGIC PRIORTIES Skills Fund

    Informed by MTSF PRIORITY NO 4 namely

    STRENGHEN THE SKILLS AND HUMAN RESORUCE BASE

    DHET Seeks to

    • develop and support a quality post-school education and training sector, and to promote access to higher and vocational education and skills development training opportunities which responds to needs of economy, rural development and social integration


    National skills development strategy nsds 2005 2011
    NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (NSDS) 2005-2011 Skills Fund

    NSDS INFORMS THE NSF

    Objective 1: Prioritising and communicating critical skills for sustainable growth, development and equity.

    Objective 2: Promoting and accelerating quality training for all in the workplace.

    Objective 3: Promoting employability and sustainable livelihoods through skills development.

    Objective 4: Assisting designated groups, including new entrants to participate in accredited work, integrated learning and work-based programmes to acquire critical skills to enter the labour market and self-employment.

    Objective 5: Improving the quality and relevance of provision.


    Key strategic objectives of the nsf
    KEY STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE NSF Skills Fund

    • To fund projects identified as national priorities National Skills Development Strategy II and NSDS III

    • To fund other strategic projects as determined by the Director General

    • To develop internal and external structures and systems that effectively and efficiently enable the achievement of the above two goals


    Strategic objective one
    Strategic Objective one Skills Fund

    • For NSDS 2005-2011 the NSF will implement disbursements under DoL arrangements except any new commitments approved by the DHET in the financial year 2010/11

    • For NSDS III, for each new strategic priority develop draft disbursement criteria and procedures

    • Recommend criteria and disbursement criteria to the National Skills Authority

    • Finalise criteria and disbursement procedure by end March 2011

    • Implement NSDS III priorities from 2011 – 2014.

    • Monitor and evaluate impact of disbursements made.


    Strategic objective two
    Strategic Objective two Skills Fund

    • Translate project directive into proposed disbursement criteria and procedures

    • Recommend criteria and disbursement procedures to the National Skills Authority

    • Finalise criteria and disbursement procedures within agreed timeframes

    • Implement strategic projects as per criteria and disbursement procedures

    • Monitor and evaluate impact of disbursements made


    Strategic objective three
    Strategic Objective three Skills Fund

    • Improve the capacity and systems of the NSF to disburse funding in an effective and efficient manner;

    • Address under-disbursement;

    • Develop grant funding strategies appropriate to each project category



    Please note
    PLEASE NOTE Skills Fund

    • This is a Departmental Draft that needs to be edited and verified it is therefore preliminary as the financial statements and reports are in the process of being prepared for auditing and that it MUST still be tabled at the NSA.


    Revenue estimates
    Revenue Estimates Skills Fund



    Selected indicators
    Selected Indicators Skills Fund


    Nsf conclusion
    NSF: Conclusion Skills Fund

    The NSF will focus and respond to the following Challenges

    • Balancing continued performance in a period of change & Integration

    • Responding to increased challenges of poverty & unemployment

    • Building capacity and system to improve turnaround times

    • Improving communication with stakeholders



    Introductory comments by dg
    INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS BY DG Skills Authority

    • Period of strengthening

    • Linkages to HRDSA

    • Clarifying advisory and executive functions

    • Key tasks: consultation in order to advise the Minster on SETA landscape and NSDS3


    Structure of nsa presentation acting eo ddg mr firoz p atel
    STRUCTURE OF NSA PRESENTATION Skills AuthorityActing EO, DDG Mr Firoz Patel

    • Function of the NSA

    • Composition

    • Administration and Support

    • December 2009 Strategic Planning

    • NSA Workplan 2010/11 (document distributed)

    • NSA Budget 2010/11


    Functions of national skills authority 1
    Functions of National Skills Authority Skills Authority(1):

    (a)    to advise the Minister on –(i)     a national skills development policy; (ii)    a national skills development strategy;(iii)   guidelines on the implementation of the national skills strategy; (iv)  the strategic framework and criteria for allocation of subsidies funds from the National Skills Fund; and(v)     any regulations to be made;

    (b)     to liaise with SETAs on –(i)            the national skills development policy;(ii)           the national skills development strategy; and(iii)          sector skills plans;


    Functions of national skills authority 2
    Functions of National Skills Authority (2): Skills Authority

    (c) to report to the Minister on the progress made in the implementation of the national skills development strategy;

    (d)  to conduct investigations on any matter arising out of the application of this Act;

    (d) to liaise with the QCTO on occupational standards and qualifications; and

    (e) to exercise any other powers and perform any other duties conferred or imposed on the Authority by this Act.

    (2)           For the purposes of investigations referred to in subsection (1) (d), the Authority has the prescribed powers of entry and to question and inspect.

    (3)           The Authority must perform its functions in accordance with this Act and its constitution.


    Summary of nsa functions
    Summary of NSA Functions Skills Authority

    • Advising the Minister (policy, strategy, implementation, NSF allocations)

    • Liaising with SETA (policy, strategy, sector skills plans)

    • Reporting to Minister on progress in the implementation of the national skills development strategy

    • Review Accounts and Balance Sheet of NSF annually


    Nsa composition 25 voting and 7 non voting
    NSA Skills AuthorityCOMPOSITION:25 voting and 7 non voting

    • Chairperson (Appointed by the Minister) -

    • 15 members nominated through NEDLAC and appointed by Minister (5 each) from :

      • Labour,

      • Business

      • Community and development interests (women, youth, people with disabilities, urban and rural: civic).

    • 5 State representatives appointed by the Minister (DoL, DTI, DHET, DPSA and DCogTa)

    • 4 Education & Skills Development providers

      • Public

      • Private

      • FET/ABET

      • HESA (Universities)

    • 6 Ministerial ( Non-voting) appointments (2 with expertise in skills development, 2 with expertise in employment services, 1 SAQA, 1 QCTO)

    • 1 Executive Officer (Non-voting)


    Administration and support
    ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT Skills Authority

    • NSA is led by a Chairperson appointed by the Minister and supported by an Executive Officer appointed by Department

    • NSA work is broken-down into subcommittees for efficiency and effectiveness

    • All NSA activities are supported by the Secretariat

    • Secretariat renders administration and logistic services to the NSA

    • Provides liaison functions between DHET, NSA and other stakeholders


    Key outcomes of nsa strategic planning december 2009
    Key Outcomes of NSA Strategic Planning, December 2009 Skills Authority

    • Strengthening the NSA to perform its advisory functions

    • Providing a realistic budget to a work plan proposed by the NSA

    • Process to align HRDSA and NSDS:

      • Content

      • Reporting/ communication between HRDSA and NSA

    • New NSA Chair had to be appointed before February NSA Meeting

    • Job description for NSA EO had to be approved at the February NSA meeting after which the post will be advertised and filled


    Nsa progress on outcomes of workshop
    NSA PROGRESS ON OUTCOMES OF WORKSHOP Skills Authority

    • Mr Edward Majadibodu was appointed the Chairperson by the Minister

    • Alignment of NSDS to HRD SA underway through the development of NSDS3 and establishment of the HRD Council under the leadership of the Deputy President

    • Chairperson and EO to be appointed to HRD council

    • OD exercise is being undertaken to strengthen the organizational and research capacity of NSA

    • EO post in the process of being advertised


    Strategic plan and budget of nsa
    Strategic Plan and Budget of NSA Skills Authority

    • See Document distributed: DRAFT NSA WORK PLAN 20010 – 11, tabled at NSA Meeting of 16th April, was noted and referred to Sub-Committees of NSA

    • The estimates of national expenditure for 2010/11 allocate the NSA National Skills Authority SecretariatR5,278m (including compensation of employees, goods and services and capital)

    • Additional funds from the NSF will be allocated once the DG considers proposals from the NSA on its work plan


    Thank you
    THANK YOU Skills Authority


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