LEAV­ING A LAST­ING LEGACY

OF SKILLS DE­VEL­OP­MENT AND TRAIN­ING

Public Sector Manager - - Profiles In Leadership -

A Chi­nese Proverb wisely in­di­cates that: “If you are plan­ning for a year, sow rice; if you are plan­ning for a decade, plant trees; if you are plan­ning for a life­time, ed­u­cate peo­ple.” To ful l its man­date to de­velop the skills ne­c­es­sary to bol­ster eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion, the Fi­nance and Ac­count­ing Ser­vices Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity (Fas­set) has vowed to leave a “Last­ing Legacy” – and it aims to do so by fol­low­ing a care­fully mapped, strate­gic plan. To de­liver on its man­date, while re­main­ing ef­fec­tive and rel­e­vant, Fas­set has de­vel­oped a strate­gic plan that would en­sure pos­i­tive re­sults. In con­sid­er­a­tion of stake­holder needs, and in re­sponse to the chang­ing SETA land­scape (as pro­posed by the Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Dr Blade Nzimande); Fas­set de­vel­oped #Last­ingLe­gacy strat­egy. This new strat­egy presents a more fo­cused ap­proach, rather than a change in di­rec­tion. The strat­egy hinges on two pil­lars: place­ment (di­rect place­ment into em­ploy­ment, in­clud­ing learn­er­ships and in­tern­ships), and aca­demic sup­port (sup­port­ing learn­ers to com­plete their de­grees, pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and/or des­ig­na­tions). Fas­set recog­nises that if it is to leave a last­ing legacy, it needs to build a ro­bust and sus­tain­able skills pipe­line. En­gag­ing on is­sues of skills de­vel­op­ment and trans­for­ma­tion is im­por­tant to Fas­set. With a noted un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of African Black peo­ple in all nine prov­inces and Coloured peo­ple in the Western and North­ern Cape prov­inces, Fas­set has honed in on th­ese ar­eas to fa­cil­i­tate the trans­for­ma­tion im­per­a­tive. This means that Coloured learn­ers in the Western and North­ern Cape prov­inces can now ac­cess Fas­set’s bur­sary schemes, ap­ply for grants and be funded on dis­cre­tionary projects. Re­sul­tantly, Western and North­ern Cape Province em­ploy­ers also ben­e­fit, as they can now fully utilise the grants avail­able to them. Fas­set’s #Last­ingLe­gacy strat­egy strives to ben­e­fit the sec­tor, the learner and the em­ployer. To get more in­for­ma­tion about the re­vised in­ter­ven­tions, please visit Fas­set’s web­site on

www.fas­set.org.za to ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion.

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