MICT SETA in skills development

The role of the MICT SETA in skills development


Guided by the National Skills Development Strategy (NSD III), the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) has a mandate to facilitate skills development within its sector.

The SETA conducts research on sector-related information annually focusing on developments relating to the skills demand and supply and taking into consideration the key priorities, legislations and policies that affect the sector.

The MICT SETA serves as a catalyst for achieving South Africa’s skills development and economic growth. Its role is to encourage and influence growth across all five sub-sectors, namely: advertising, film and electronic media, electronics, information technology, and telecommunications.

The SETA does this through respective learning programmes such as internships, learnerships, skills and short programmes. The intention is to support in learning programmes that lead to employment and new venture creation whilst, at the same time, assisting in bridging the digital divide, especially in rural areas.

South African graduates face the challenge of obtaining job opportunities after obtaining their tertiary qualifications. The SETA understands that there is no quick fix for this development and bases its approach to skills development on the premise that building and managing talent in SA requires a concerted effort and resources.

In both the present and the past, the SETA has successfully partnered with key role players in the sector (both private and public) to try to size up the gap between the demand and supply for skills. The approach of the SETA has been primarily based on eight key priorities:

  • Priority 1: reliable labour market information
  • Priority 2: improved access to training
  • Priority 3: the development and alignment of appropriate qualifications
  • Priority 4: the expansion of skills development to rural areas
  • Priority 5: the expansion of the green economy
  • Priority 6: The use of technology to support inclusion
  • Priority 7: SMME support
  • Priority 8: Cross-sectoral partnerships and projects in the delivery of learning interventions

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector has always been in a constant state of flux. It is for this reason that the MICT SETA approaches and tailors its skills development interventions to meet the needs of the changing environment. Achieving relevance is always crucial, therefore, the SETA implements all its interventions on the premise that it responds to national goals, ensuring transparency and long-term planning. It is with confidence that the MICT SETA acknowledges its efforts and role in the sector. 

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