Sector Skills Planning
In terms of the Skills Development Act 1998 (as amended in 2008), the MQA is required to develop a Sector Skills Plan (SSP) and submit it to the DHET, followed by monitoring of its implementation. In addition, the SSP is required to guide skills development interventions within the mining and minerals sector (MMS). The main purposes of the SSP, outlined in the Skills Development Act 1998, Section 10 (1) are the following:
- Inform supply-side planning in post-school institutions;
- Determine funding priorities via the levy grant system;
- Support regional and employer plans;
- Inform allocation of resources to develop qualifications and learning programmes;
- Establish occupation-specific skills priorities for the sector;
- Inform education and training institutions of demand needs in the labour market;
- Enable individuals to make informed career choices; and
- Monitor skills development provision in the sector.
- An updated overview of the profile of the mining and minerals sector;
- Update on any skills mismatches between demand and supply in the sector;
- Investigating the primary reasons for the skills mismatches;
- Describing the key change drivers impacting the sector where skills development is concerned;
- An update on existing and planned SETA partnerships; and
- Identifying priority areas for skills development within the MMS.