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Presentation to

Higher Education and Training

Portfolio Committee

23 May 2012

QCTO presentation

23 May 2012

  • QCTO Mandate in SD Act
  • QCTO establishment history
  • QCTO Council Composition
  • QCTO Business Plan
  • Achievements in the establishment of the QCTO
  • Achievements on the mandate of the QCTO
  • QCTO Model
  • Operational imperatives
  • QCTO Strategic Plan
  • Funding issues

QCTO presentation

23 May 2012

qcto s mandate in skills development act
QCTO’s mandate in Skills Development Act:

The functions the Council was established to perform were set out in Section 26H of the SDA Act. They are, in summary:

  • To advise the Minister on all matters of policy relating to occupational standards and qualifications;
  • To design, develop and maintain occupational standards and qualifications;
  • To quality assure occupational standards and qualifications in and for the workplace;
  • To promote the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework; and
  • To liaise with the National Skills Authority and the South African Qualifications Authority, other Quality Councils and professional bodies on matters to do with occupational qualifications.

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qcto establishment history
QCTO establishment history
  • QCTO Council members & Acting CEO appointed in Feb ‘10;
  • QCTO formally established on 1 April 2010 under Section 26 G of the Skills Development Act, 1998, as amended in 2008;
  • Higher Education Laws Amendment Act passed in December 2010 permitting QCTO to appoint and transfer staff;
  • On 31st December 2010 QCTO listed as a Public Entity backdated with effect from 1 April 2010 permitting QCTO to receive transfer budget from DHET (before budget under DHET);
  • Minister of Finance requested a Business Case for the organisation (retrospective – as the QCTO had already been established). The language was changed to Business Plan.
  • QCTO submitted Business Plan in March, Minister approved in October ’11 This permits the QCTO to appoint permanent staff

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qcto council composition
QCTO Council Composition
  • Chairperson: Mr Wilson Nzimande (resigned Sep 2011),

Prof Lolwana appointed Oct 2011;

  • CEO of the QCTO: Ms Adrienne Bird Acting since April 2010,

Ms Joyce Mashabela appointed from 1 April 2012.

  • Ex-officio: CEOs of SAQA; NSA; CHE; and Umalusi;
  • Organised Labour Mr Tantsi (NUM); Ms Mogopodi (NUMSA)
  • Organized Business Ms Carthy (BUSA); Mr Matthiae (BUSA);
  • Organizations of community and development interests

Mr Maleka and Mr Mabuza;

  • Interests of public education and training providers Dr. Mahlobo
  • Private providers Dr. le Grange – APPETD;
  • Two members to represent the interests of the State – Department of Trade DTI ( Ms Masebe)

DHET (resigned – to be replaced)

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business plan approved october 2011
Business Plan(approved October 2011)

Business Plan developed & submitted in March 2011, approved by Minister on 18 October 2011, includes:

Service delivery model (development and quality assurance)

Strategic plan (2011/12-2013/14)

Operational Structure and Functions

Governance framework

Operational Functions and positions - 3 phase build-up to full start-up organogram:

(1) selected priority posts 21 posts,

(2) priority posts 34 posts,

(3) start-up organogram 46 posts, NB: desired organogram consists of 69 posts

Budget and financial plan (based on 3-phases)

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QCTO Organogram – Phase 1 – 24 Feb 2012

OQ: Occupational Qualification

Gov: Governance

FL: Foundational Learning

HR: Human Resources

IT: Information technology

M&E: Monitoring and Evaluation

Admin: Administration

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achievements in the establishment of the qcto
Achievements in the establishment of the QCTO
  • MOA signed with DHET on 13 July 2011 to permit QCTO to ‘use’ DHET systems until March 2012, extended until 31 March 2013. DHET CFO is acting as QCTO CFO under MOA
  • Opened bank account with ABSA Bank end Sept. 2011 and all relevant funds were transferred from DHET to QCTO’s bank account
  • Minister gave final approval of Category A2 for remuneration of Council Members
  • Policy for remuneration of QCTO and Its committees approved by FINCOM (Council Finance Committee)
  • Finance and Audit Committees in place (DHET Audit Committee until 31 July 2012, QCTO Audit Committee onwards from August 2012)
  • 6 additional Financial Accounting Policies and the Materiality Framework approved by Council to prepare the Annual Financial Statements
  • 44 job profiles graded and approved
  • Permanent staff hired (CEO and 6 Deputy Directors)
  • Strategic Plan submitted on time and approved
  • 4 Quarterly Performance reports submitted on time

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achievements on the qcto mandate
Achievements on the QCTO Mandate

Policy advice to the Minister

  • Final draft of QCTO Sub-framework submitted to the Minister in July 2011 (sub-framework included in the government gazette December 2011
  • Comments on Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training System submitted on time

Occupational qualifications and quality assurance

  • QCTO qualifications model developed
  • Developed 3 key policies to implement model
  • The first QCTO part qualification has been recommended to SAQA for registration
  • Finalizing first generation IT system for capturing qualification development products and reports


  • Functions of education and training quality assurance to SAQA
  • Functions of certification of trade courses to DHET
  • Functions of qualification design to 17 Development Quality Partners to design or revise over 100 qualifications which include 19 trades
  • 1 Assessment Quality Partner (National Artisan Moderation Body) provisionally contracted for trade qualifications

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illustrated qcto model
Illustrated QCTO model

Knowledge / theory


Work experience

External, summative assessment

(to be conducted by AQP)

Occupational Qualification

Registered SAQA




Occupational Purpose







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Finalise Assess-

ment Specifications

QDF with Expert Practitioners, AQP & Educationalists


Manage Verifi-cation Process

DQP with Constituency Group


QDF with Expert Practi-tioners, AQP & Educationalists

Develop Module and Subject Specifications


Manage Verification Process

DQP with Expert Practitioners and AQP



Appoint AQP

QCTO Staff

Develop Occupa-tional Profile and Identify AQP

DQP with Expert Practitioners (incl Assessors


Oversee Scoping Meeting with Constituency

QCTO Staff


QCTO Staff

Receive and Pro-cess Application


Curriculum Scope


SLA with (DQP)

Occupational Profile


SLA with (AQP)

Occupational Curriculum


Qualification Assessment Specifications (External)

Learning Com-ponent Specifications (incl Internal Assessment)

Occupational Qualification








operational imperatives
Operational imperatives
  • Articulation

Updating the ‘N’ subjects in partnership with Umalusi

  • Transitional Arrangement

More than 1,000 qualifications historically quality assured by SETAs as SAQA accredited them as Education and Training Quality Assurers (ETQA); At end of Sept 2011, QCTO delegated to SAQA the respo,nsibility to extend SETA ETQA accreditation

In anticipation of the expiry of this delegation, QCTO signed MOAs with over 50% of the SETAs to prepare for the transition to nationally standardized qualification development and quality assurance processes in line with QCTO policy, to detail the roles and functions of SETAs vis-à-vis QCTO and to revise and upgrade all currently registered qualifications in line with the QCTO model

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL was envisioned by the ANC-led government as a strategy to address the objectives of the NQF, namely access and redress. This was to be done by assessing and accrediting learning acquired in different contexts, that is, formally, informally or non-formally, if it meets the requirements of the targeted qualification or part qualification.

As QCTO, our commitment is to ensure that Assessment Policies of our Assessment Quality Partners (AQPs) and their constituent providers, indicate mechanisms for assessing learners for prior learning, towards completion of targeted occupational qualifications or parts thereof

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qcto strategic plan
QCTO Strategic Plan

QCTO submitted its Strategic Plan for 2012/13 to 2016/17 along with its associated Annual Performance Plan as required by the PFMA. The Strategic Plan was approved by the Minister and tabled March 2012 in Parliament.

Strategic Plan focuses on three goals:

  • The QCTO is an effective and efficient organisation that is respected in the labour market by employers, learners and providers;
  • The QCTO provides South Africans with access to an occupational learning system that enables them, through lifelong learning, to succeed and progress in the labour market and to contribute to the country’s growth and development;
  • The QCTO will actively contribute to an improved NQF landscape.

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highlights from strategic plan
Highlights from Strategic Plan

Number of qualifications recommended to SAQA

Target set: 60

Number of Assessment Quality Partners’ systems evaluated to be valid

Target set: 15

Average time to issue certificates after assessment (weeks)

Target set: 8

At least one provider accredited per new occupational qualification registered

Target set: 60

Number of research projects completed

Target set: 1

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funding issue
Funding issue:
  • The QCTO is funded through a transfer from the Department of Higher Education and Training
  • The total allocation for 2011/12 amounted to R26.8 million, which included a roll-over of R8,5 million from the 2010/11 financial year
  • Final allocations over the 2012 MTEF compared to initial budget requests are as follows:
  • Bids were submitted during the MTEF process for additional funds, in order to address the delivery of the services for which the QCTO is responsible.

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funding issue1
Funding issue:
  • Due to delay in the finalisation of Business Plan, the appointment of staff was delayed and therefore there is current under-expenditure.
  • However, going forward, insufficient funds to build capacity of QCTO (i.e. to move from phase 1 to phases 2 and 3);
  • Funding source: currently only voted funds through DHET
  • Possible alternative sources of funding?
    • Fee Structure policy circulated for comment. Negatively received. Study report commissioned and submitted, QCTO Council has decided to establish a Funding Model Working Group to investigate proposals from research report and other alternatives.
    • SETA ETQA levy funds (Proposed transfer of maximum 0,5% of administration funds from SETAs to QCTO – comments submitted by QCTO).
    • NSF establishment grant application under consideration.
  • This is a key issue for QCTO. Without additional funds it will only be able to fill about 27 positions the majority of which may be filled by staff being ‘transferred’ from DHET or were filled during DD appointment process i.e. status quo.

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Thank you

QCTO presentation 23 May 2012