I can barely contain myself I am so excited about the news we have to share with you this month! August is the month we celebrate women and what better way to celebrate GIRL POWER than by bringing two of our industry’s hottest stars back into our ‘A TEAM’ fold? Well, that is exactly what we did! Yes – the best team in the country just got better!  A WOOP WOOP welcome goes out to the fabulous Belinda Beer and Izelle Swart who both rejoin the team as Accreditation Partners, Facilitators, Assessors and Moderators and to the dynamic Amanda Pretorius who has joined Thrive as our Skills Development Manager. You can’t succeed in this environment unless you have an outstanding team. The team is the essence of success, after all. It’s stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective and are able to align the interest of a great team. Welcome home ladies!!! Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

Yours in skills, Andrea

Above: From left Belinda Beer and Izelle Swart re join our team this month, and Amanda Pretorius joins us –  igniting our team with their experience and making the #thriveninja team the most formidable accreditation team in the country!

Industry News

WOOP WOOP! You have successfully achieved your respective Seta registration. Now what? Well, one of the requirements after getting your Seta accreditation is making sure that you have your Private Training Institution registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The bottom line is that ALL accredited providers MUST register with the DHET in order to legally offer accredited education programmes. The purpose of this registration is to ensure that:

  • All private institutions offer quality education
  • The public is protected against unscrupulous and exploitative operators
  • The learner obtains qualifications and part-qualifications that are registered on the NQF
  • The education system meets the goals of transforming South Africa in accordance with government policy and legislation
  • Private institutions comply with the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997).

How do I do this?

  • Complete the prescribed application form.
  • Submit the application form to the Registrar of Private Higher Education institutions.
  • Submit the following documents with the application form:
    • audited annual financial statements or audited financial forecasts,
    • business plan,
    • surety agreement,
    • company registration documents,
    • occupational health and safety compliance audit reports,
    • business registration certificate,
    • declaration on application for accreditation,
    • undertaking on institutional capacity
    • declaration on monitoring and evaluation
    • inter-institutional agreements, if any,
    • student prospectus, calendar or brochure,
    • enrolment forms, student contracts and rules and regulations.

Once you have paid the prescribed fee,  it can take UP TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS for registration to take place. It is important to remember that you will not receive an official notification of registration – your company will be added to their website under official providers. Want to follow up with your DHET registration – contact them on 012 312 5911 or click here to view the registers.

Ever wonder about what goes into the development of an annual Sector Skills Plan (SSP)? An SSP is an important mandate for each of South Africa’s 21 SETAs. The SSP is a valuable source of information to numerous stakeholders operating within a specific sector. The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) has created an infographic that briefly demonstrates what an SSP is and what it’s inherent value aims to be:

  • Analysis of the labour market to identify key drivers of change
  • Identify hard to fill vacancies in a sector
  • Develop a list of scarce occupations that meet the sector’s scarce skills needs
  • Drive the Seta’s priority projects and guide grant al locations
  • Respond to socio economic needs such as poverty alleviation, youth development and women development..

Click here to download the EWSETA’s most current SSP.

In case you missed it, the Setas have been officially re-established for another 10 years, from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2030. The only exception, as reported in the new Seta landscape Government Gazette, is the The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Their re-establishment is only for 2 years – that is until 2022. There are no mergers and no disbanding of any of the Setas. Looks like it is going to business as usual. And we look forward to continuing to work with the Setas as part of the South African skills revolution. For further details, click here.


DID YOU KNOW? At any given time, Thrive is working on 150accreditations at the various Setas?
And we have a 100% success rate to boot!!

Seta Opportunities

Each year the Seta’s allocate money to promote equal access to education and, in turn, develop a diversified and skilled workforce. Here are some of the opportunities that we have curated for you this month:

One of the BANKSETA’s corporate strategies is Youth Development. In order to meet this objective,  BANKSETA offers various vocational education and training programmes to help bridge the gap between structured learning and work experience in the banking and inclusive banking industry. To this end, BANKSETA has announced that their Letsema post-matric and Kuyasa learnership are back! If you are interested in these opportunities, apply by clicking here.

If you are interested in a career in the financial services industry, Fasset has a bursary scheme that can help you realise your dream. Click here to find out if you qualify. Furthermore, Fasset is excited to share their 2019/2020 Lifelong Learning calendar of events. Please click here to view the calendar and topics planned for the year. Registrations of each training will be opened at least four weeks before the commencement date. If you need more information about the Lifelong Learning events, please send an e-mail to

Don’t forget that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bursary Awards for 2020 are open. The closing date for applications is the 30th of September 2019. See here for more info!

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) has opened the invitation for small and medium levy-paying wholesale and retail companies to apply for the grant funding for the training of their employees, managers and/or owners. Funding is limited to companies that are registered with the W&RSETA and have the relevant Skills Development Levy (SDL) number. Click hereto get the invitation and here for all the required documentation to apply or visit for more information.

#Setaninja News

Our #thriveninjas have been making WOOPY again this month!!! We have had another blockbuster month of accreditation success stories.

Battling to get your company accredited at one of the Setas? Are you finding this process daunting or even impossible? Fret no more – we’ve got you covered! Thrive’s #setaninja‘s have achieved 100% success rate with more than 850 company accreditation applications to 19 different Setas nationwide. Be a part of the success story and click here to get in touch with us.


Professional development helps employees continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. It should be an ongoing process that continues throughout an individual’s career. Actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills remain relevant and up to date.
These are the professional development opportunities that we have for you this month:

Seta Accreditation mini-workshop – the nuts and bolts of Seta accreditation for Training Providers

Andrea (tenacious Seta de-mystifier and intrepid compliance requirement un-tangler for more than 16 years!) will be going coastal this month! She will be coming to both CAPE TOWN and DURBAN this month to take you through the ins and outs of your Seta accreditation application and compliance. There are a variety of ways to approach this.…she’ll help you to answer how best to do that for your particular circumstances, as well as unpack the benefits of your accreditation to your clients – ensuring you have all the insight and understanding that you need to be able to choose the best way forward for your application alternatively, how to make the most of your current accreditation.
She will cover: 

  • Company accreditation application – what documentation is required? DHET registration;
  • Your training quality management system – policies & procedures and your quality committee;
  • Alignment of your materials to unit standards – how can we do this creatively whilst keeping your competitive advantage?
  • Training materials: develop, adapt or purchase off-the-shelf?
  • Facilitators, assessors & moderators: who are they and what do they do? Registration requirements;
  • What is the best way to approach this accreditation: varying Seta requirements, timeframes, and compliance requirements;
  • Making business sense of your accreditation – ensuring highest return on investment: BEE benefits, skills levies claims, certificate of competence.

Dates: 29 August 2019 – 09h00 – 11h30
Venue: To be advised
The cost: R650 (ex VAT) per person
Registration: Click here to register 

Dates: 16 September 2019 – 13h00 – 16h00
Venue: Peninsula All-Suite
The cost: R650 (ex VAT) per person
Registration: Click here to register 

Assessor Course 

Dates: 19 – 20 September 2019
Venue: Randburg,
The cost: R5 950 (ex VAT) per person, including the venue, refreshments, manual, POE assessment and one re-assessment. A 10% discount is offered to anyone booking and paying before 8 August 2019.
Registration: Click here to register

For an outline of the course, click here – We’d love to see you there!
Moderator Course 

Dates: 22 – 23 August 2019
Venue: Randburg,
The cost: R5 950 (ex VAT) per person, including the venue, refreshments, manual, POE assessment and one re-assessment. A 10% discount is offered to anyone booking and paying before 8 August 2019.
Registration: Click here to register

For an outline of the course, click here – We’d love to see you there!

Skills Development Facilitator Course

Date: 17 – 19 September 2019
Venue: Randburg, 
The cost: R5 950 (ex VAT) per person, including the venue, refreshments, manual, POE assessment and one re-assessment. A 10% discount is offered to anyone booking and paying before 30 August 2019.
Registration: Click here to register

For an outline of the course click here – We’d love to see you there!

Wishing you a very happy Women’s day 2019.
Thrive would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish you happiness, health, success and prosperity in the years ahead.