The Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) is a body that oversees skills training in industries such as IT. SETA learnerships can improve career prospects. In South Africa, the body sets the standards for training and evaluation in numerous fields, including agriculture, banking, construction, the energy and water industries, health and welfare, insurance, mining, and transport, to name just a few.

The body’s oversight adds credibility to qualifications based on its recommendations regarding course and exam content, enabling them to be ranked on the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) scale for comparison purposes. The scale has five levels: NVQ Level 1 is the equivalent of three to four GCSE grades between 1 and 3, and a Level 5 qualification equates to a higher education diploma or undergraduate degree.

In addition, success in some of the available SETA learnerships could meet the criteria for a specific internal industry qualification. For example, learners who complete the C# Full Stack Developer course with Geeks4Learning will gain a full qualification in line with NQF 5 requirements for work-based qualifications compliant with NVQ criteria, plus Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification.

Perhaps the most powerful incentive to pursue this type of IT qualification is that any learner with a matric certificate can gain the equivalent of a higher education diploma with just 12 months of study compared with three years when attending a brick-and-mortar college.

SETA Learnerships Hold Benefits for All

It is not only learners that stand to gain from these opportunities. Here are some of the more significant benefits of a recognised IT qualification:

  • Meeting Industry Shortages: Information technology is currently the most powerful driver of progress and the mainstay of economies like India’s and China’s. However, it is beset by staff shortages. The demand for IT skills is growing constantly, leaving little time for employers to wait five years while current or prospective employees complete a computer science degree. Fortunately, the wide range of SETA computing courses available from Geeks4Learning is helping many industries in South Africa deal with the dearth of qualified IT personnel.
  • Social Upliftment: South Africa’s need to address youth unemployment among the previously disadvantaged population is crucial. Even a few weeks of training can be life-changing, especially for those who would otherwise have little hope of finding paid work. At Geeks4Learning, we offer a weeklong course in C# programming, a six-week Java course, and other entry-level opportunities in Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Python, and ethical hacking – enough to kick-start their IT journey.
  • Sponsorship Rewards: Under the provisions of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, companies that sponsor SETA learnerships could qualify for extra points on their B-BBEE scorecards and the associated business opportunities like access to exclusive new markets. Geeks4Learning IT courses can be an invaluable addition to social responsibility programmes.
  • Economic Growth: Any form of training that can help boost productivity will positively impact the nation’s economy and, by extension, help improve the living standards of all South Africa’s citizens.

SETA Learnership Opportunities

Geeks4Learning is an accredited training academy. We are dedicated to building the next generation of IT leaders. Consequently, we urge you to get in touch to learn more about how your company, the nation’s youth, and the country as a whole can benefit from SETA learnerships.