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'ABET' Adult Basic Education and Training;

'accreditation' means the certification, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function in the quality assurance system set up by the South African Qualifications Authority in terms of the Act;

'ASGI-SA' Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa;

'assessor' means the person who is registered by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body in accordance with criteria established for this purpose by a Standards Generating Body to measure the achievement of specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications, and 'constituent assessor' has a corresponding meaning;

'assessment' is the process of gathering and weighing evidence in order to determine whether learners have demonstrated outcomes specified in unit standards and/or qualifications registered on the NQF. The generic assessor standard registered by SAQA entitled 'Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes' outlines the process in detail. The management of assessment is the responsibility of providers.

'ATR' Annual Training Report;

'B-BBEE' Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment;

'BEE' Black Economic Empowerment;

'CBET' Competency Based Education and Training;

'CBO' Community-Based Organisation;

'CCMA' Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration;

'CHE' Council on Higher Education;

'CIA' Certified Internal Auditor;

'competence' what someone knows, understands and can do. The ability to apply knowledge and skill in a particular context.

'conditional registration' means the registration of a private higher education institution as specified in the Higher Education Act, 1997 (No. 101 of 1997);

'CPD' Continuous Professional Development;

'CPE' Continuous Professional Education;

'credits' a credit is the value given to unit standards and qualifications. A credit value of a unit standard or qualification is based on the number of 'notional' hours it takes an average learner to achieve the outcomes of that unit standard. One credit is equal to 10 notional hours.

'CSDF' Corporate SMME Development Forum;

'DoE' Department of Education;

'DoL' Department of Labour;

'DTI' Department of Trade and Industry;

'Education and Training Quality Assurance Body'(ETQA) means a body accredited in terms of section 5(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of national standards or qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the monitoring and auditing of national standards or qualifications have been assigned in terms of section 5(1)(b)(i) of the Act;

'EE' Employment Equity;

'EEA' Employment Equity Act (1998);

'EPWP' Expanded Public Works Programme;

'ESDA' Employment and Skills Development Agency;

'ETQA' Education and Training Quality Assurance /Authoriy;

'FET' Further Education and Training;

'GDS' Growth and Development Summit;

'GEAR' Growth, Employment and Redistribution;

'HDI' Historically Disadvantaged Individual;

'HE' Higher Education;

'HEQC' Higher Education Quality Council;

'HET' Higher Education and Training;

'HIV/AIDS' Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome;

'HRD' Human Resource Development;

'HRDS' Human Resource Development Strategy;

'IDC' Industrial Development Corporation;

'IIP' Investors in People;

'ISOE' Institute of Sectoral Excellence;

'IST' Inter-Seta Transfer;

'JIP' Joint Implementation Plan;

'JIPSA' Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition;

'learnerships' learnerships are learning programmes that combine structured learning with structured work experience, and which result in a qualification. The Skills Development Act (SDA) proposes and describes learnerships as one of the primary ways of implementing the skills development strategy.

'Learning programme' a learning programme is the plan which states what will be learnt and how the necessary learning experience will be provided. It clearly shows how the unit standards will be combined to make useful opportunities for the learner. The learning programme draws on the outcomes from the unit standards and specifies the content to meet these outcomes. A learning programme is often divided into modules.

'LED' Local Economic Development;

'LFS' Labour Force Survey;

'LL' Lifelong Learning;

'MoA' Memorandum of Agreement;

'moderation' is the process of ensuring that assessments have been conducted in line with agreed practices, and are fair, reliable and valid. The generic assessor standard registered by SAQA entitled ‘Moderate assessment ’ outlines the process in detail. One moderator usually checks the work of several assessors to ensure consistency. The management of moderation is the responsibility of the provider.

'MoU' Memorandum of Understanding;

'MTA' Manpower Training Act;

'National Standards Body'(NSB) means a body registered in terms of section 5(1)(a) (ii) of the Act, responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the registration of national standards or qualifications.

'NBFET' National Board for Further Education and Training;

'NCOP' National Council of Provinces;

'NEHAWU' National Education, Health and Allied Worker’s Union;

'NEDLAC' National Economic Development and Labour Council;

'NGO' Non-Governmental Organisation;

'NLRD' National Learners’ Records Database;

'NPO' Non-Profit Organisation;

'NQF' National Qualifications Framework;

'NQF levels' there are eight levels on the NQF for registering qualifications and standards. Level 1, the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) marks the end of successful schooling (Grade 9) or successful ABET. Level 8 is the highest level of learning;

'NSA' National Skills Authority;

'NSB' National Standards Body;

'NSDS' National Skills Development Strategy;

'NSF' National Skills Fund;

'NTB' National Training Board;

'OBET' Outcomes Based Education and Training;

'OFO' Organising Framework for Occupations;

'PDI' Previously Disadvantaged Individual;

'PE' Professional Evaluation;

'PFMA' Public Finance Management Act (Act No 1 of 1999), as amended;

'provider' means a body which delivers learning programmes which culminate in specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications and manages the assessment thereof;

'QMS' Quality Management System;

'quality assurance' means the process of ensuring that the degree of excellence specified is achieved;

'quality audit' means the process of examining the indicators which show the degree of excellence achieved;

'quality management system' means the combination of processes used to ensure that the degree of excellence specified is achieved;

'RPL' Recognition of Prior Learning;

'registered constituent assessor and moderator' means a person who is registered by the relevant ETQA in accordance with criteria established for this purpose by SAQA to measure the achievement of specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications. All ETQAs must have a register of assessors; they may also wish to have similar registers of moderators and verifiers.

'registered unit standards' means standards or qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework;

'SALGA' South African Local Government Association;

'SAQA' South African Qualifications Authority;

'SARS' South African Revenue Service;

'SCM' Supply Chain Management;

'SDA' Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998), as amended;

'SDF' Skills Development Facilitator;

'SDL' Skills Development Levy;

'SDLA' Skills Development Levies Act, 1999 (Act No 9 of 1999), as amended;

'SETA' Sector Education and Training Authority;

'SGB' Standards Generating Body;

'SIC' Standard Industrial Classification;

'Skills Development Facilitator' the job of a Workplace Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) is to:
Liaise with the SETA
Help to draw up the Workplace Skills Plan

Prepare an annual report about the implementation of the Plan
The rules governing the appointment of a Skills Development Facilitator differ according to the size of the

'Skills Programme' a skills programme provides accredited learning, which develops skills an knowledge, and which con tributes towards a qualification. Learners will get a small number of credits (against unit standards) during these programmes, and these credits can go towards a qualification. company and its yearly turnover.

'SLA' Service Level Agreement;

'SMME' Small, Medium, Micro Enterprise;

'SMS' Seta Management System;

'SOC' Standard Occupational Classification;

'South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)' the South African Qualifications Authority - is a stakeholder body the registers qualifications and standards on the National Qualifications Framework; and ensures that the education and training that is delivered enables learners to reach these qualifications and standards.

'SSI' Special Skills Initiative;

'SSP' Sector Skills Plan;

'Standards Generating Body(SGB)' means a body registered in terms of section 5(1)(a) (ii) of the Act, responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the establishing of national standards or qualifications have been assigned in terms of section 5(1)(b) (i) of the Act.

'support' support during an RPL process can include, ensuring that candidates are adequately prepared - which could include counselling if necessary; mediating the feedback from the assessments, if necessary; and assisting with appeals and disputes.

'UIF' Unemployment Insurance Fund;

'Umalusi' Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training;

'workplaces skills plans(WSP)' at each workplace, a Skills Plan must be developed and submitted to the relevant SETA. There are regulations which outline the format for this Plan. The Skills Development Facilitator helps the organisation to develop a Workplace Skills Plan that is in the interests of the company and the workforce. These plans identify learning that is strategic by linking the skills needed to the priorities of the organisation as well as the society more broadly.

         
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