The South African BANKSETA will not be changing its role when some other sector education and training authorities (SETAs) undergo quite radical changes in March 2011. Instead the BANKSETA will continue to operate just as it has since it was established in principle in 1998 and launched in March 2000.
The banking sectors scope of education and training coverage was approved by Government in 2000 and still includes:
Within its specific terms of reference, the BANKSETA was required to develop a sector skills plan that would work within the framework of the national skills development strategy that was set at that time for this particular SETA.
Clearly the BANKSETA has managed to successfully implement the skills sector plan within the parameters set by Government, which were to implement the skills sector plans and promote learnerships by:
The banking sector had some other very specific functions relating to the disbursement of skills development levies and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, which has been a difficult for many of the other sectors to implement in a practical manner. This sector was also responsible for liaising with the National Skills Authority and other SETA bodies on both the national skills development strategy and policy, as well as on its own sector skills plan – which clearly it has done quite successfully.
The BANKSETA has also had to report to the Director-General regarding implementation of its own sector skills plan as well as its income and expenditure and liaise with the Department of Labour’s employment services with a view to improving the quality of information available in terms of the educational laws in South Africa. This is clearly something that is incredibly important to inexperienced learners. Not only should this assist learners in terms of knowing where to find the relevant education and training providers – some of whom offer a short course and others who offer online courses and even college courses – but also to help them to find realistic and sustainable employment opportunities.
As a responsible and well established sector, the BANKSETA has also had to appoint the relevant office bearers and staff who are necessary to be able to fulfil all these obligations and functions. Plus they have had to facilitate the involvement of the right Government departments who are able to assist in the SETA achieving its goals.
The banking sector is carefully controlled by legislation and so it is vital that the BANKSETA trains all learners not only in terms of the legislation, but also passes on the required knowledge for them to be able to achieve their goals in the long term.
However, when the Government considered the BANKSETA in relation to the relevant legislation, it was more concerned with this SETA relating to the “purposes” of the Act. In effect this is what will ensure that learners and newly qualified students accessing the job market will, quite simply, find it easier to get jobs. To this aim, the Government states categorically that the BANKSETA must aim to:
The Banking Sector Education Training Authority is based in Vorna Valley, Johannesburg.