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ISETT-ISSA Learnership Development Project. Presentation to the ISETT SETA Board 10th May 2002. Presented by Neville Nicholas ISETT SETA Project Manager. Agenda. Background on ISSA Project Objective Specific Outcomes Summary Project Overview Project Stakeholders & Role-players

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Isett issa learnership development project


Learnership Development Project

Presentation to the ISETT SETA Board10th May 2002

Presented by

Neville Nicholas

ISETT SETA Project Manager



  • Background on ISSA

  • Project Objective

  • Specific Outcomes

  • Summary Project Overview

  • Project Stakeholders & Role-players

  • Overview of the Project Plan

The project in a nutshell

The Project In a Nutshell

  • Three year duration

  • Transforming 4 ISSA programmes to learnerships

  • Managed by ISETT SETA - the Executing Agency

  • Funded the the NSF

Background on issa

Background on ISSA

  • Institute for Satellite and Software Applications

  • ISSA is situated in the space facilities built near Grabouw in the 1980s, at Houwteq in the Western Cape area

  • The facility was built to house systems for the design, programme management, integration and testing of small satellites and launch vehicles

  • ISSA started operating as a training institute from 1998, created and operated by (DoC)

Project objective

Project Objective

  • To produce human resource capabilities for the SA ICT Sector, through the transferable means of learnerships,

  • Addressing the needs of PDIs.

  • To be achieved through transforming existing programmes at ISSA into learnerships.

  • Additional indirect contributions to the ICT Sector and the learnership development process, for example development of unit standards, some of which can be employed in other learnerships.

Specific outcomes

Specific Outcomes

  • The development of four learnerships

  • To have all (530) graduates placed into SMME or Workplace Provider establishments over the three-year course of the project

  • To achieve at least an 80% satisfaction rating from the establishments in which learners are placed

  • To achieve at least a 50% learner sponsorship (while the learner is undergoing the Training Provider component) from the ICT Sector by the end of this project

Specific outcomes cont

Specific Outcomes (cont.)

  • To gain the interest of at least two other universities in South Africa to adopt these learnerships

  • To strive for 10% of graduates entering into the R&D/SMME environment

  • To establish a graduate tracking process

Project stakeholders role players

Project Stakeholders & Role-players



Project Consultative Committee

Reference Group

ISSATraining Provider/ Implementor

ISETT SETAExecuting Agency



Industry (SGBs)Skills/Learnership Definition

R&D Support ProvidersBandwidth BarnInnovation Hub

Industry (IISA)Skills Demand SectorWorkplace Providers

CHEFinal accrediting body

Other GovtDACST, DTI

Overview of project plan

Overview of Project Plan

Stage 1Project Initiation & Operation

Stage 2Generic Learnership Processes & Systems

Stage 3Learnership Development & Implementation

Stage 4Project Management

  • Develop Project Plan & Proposal

  • Project Office Set-up & Operational Design

  • Development & Execution of Communications Plan

  • Formation of Project Consultative Committee (PCC)

  • Planning

  • Finance

  • Reporting

  • Quality Management System

Overview of project plan1

Overview of Project Plan

  • Stage 2: Generic Learnership Processes & Systems

    • General Administration

    • Develop Assessment Policies

    • Develop Agreements

    • Learnership Databases

    • Learnership Management & Reporting Processes

    • Learner Placement Processes & Systems

    • Learner Tracking Processes & Systems

    • Develop ISSA Practices, Policies, & Procedures (as a training provider)

Overview of project plan2

Overview of Project Plan

  • Stage 3: Learnership Development & Implementation

    • Learnership Scoping Document

    • Learnership Stakeholder Participation

    • Learnership Definition

    • Learnership Unit Standard Development

    • Learnership Registration

    • Assess Demand for the Learnership

    • Set Up for & monitor Training Provider

    • Set Up for & monitor SMMEs

    • Set Up for & monitor Lecturers

    • Set Up for & monitor Learners

    • Set Up for & monitor Workplace Providers

Isett issa learnership development project

Many thanks for your time and interest

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