I know, I know. Just what you want: another email!  However, I have to say that after the great feedback on our new look newsletter – I really do believe that this is an email you will look forward to receiving. Winter weather is the perfect excuse for making a cup of tea, taking some time out and finding out all the industry news that we have curated for you. All in one place. Winter slump? What winter slump? We are inspired for the season and hope our newsletter inspires you too! If there is anything else you would like to see in our new-look newsletter, let us know, we are always happy to hear from you!

Yours in skills, Andrea


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



Understanding the South African educational compliance environment – a double bill comes to Cape Town on 23 July 2019!

Understanding the various quality assurance bodies governing education in South Africa can be a daunting and confusing task….do you take the Seta or CHE route? Let us talk you through all the regulatory bodies and structures in order for you to attain the training provider company and programme accreditation that you need to best service your learners.

In this client focused and interactive workshop, we have allowed for 2 separate sessions – you’re welcome to join either the morning Seta Accreditation Workshop and/or the afternoon CHE Registration Workshop.

SESSION ONE: Seta Accreditation mini-workshop – the nuts and bolts of Seta accreditation for Vocational Training Providers 

Andrea (tenacious Seta de-mystifier and intrepid compliance requirement un-tangler for more than 16 years!)  will 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.

Are you considering CHE registration? Are you in the process and feel stuck or confused? Let Suzanne take you through the details and various approaches of how to become a Private Higher Education Institution – what will it take to register your organisation and programmes with the Dept of Higher Education and the Council for Higher education and how best can you do that.

SESSION TWO: CHE Accreditation mini-workshop 

She will cover:

  • Overview of the CHE requirements;
  • The application process, costs & timeframes;
  • The Qualification and Programme Design: cornerstones of the application;
  • Policy and other documents: what must be covered in each;
  • Critical areas during CHE evaluations: what they like and really don’t like;
  • Guidelines for improving your chances of success & pitfalls to avoid;
  • Representations for non-accreditation & preparing for site visits;
  • Open session for FAQs and discussion.

Your facilitator is Suzanne Hattingh. Suzanne has 20 years consulting experience, consulting to both public and private institutions, universities, business schools & international development agencies on their higher education compliance and implementations. She has assisted more than 30 providers with CHE accreditation. This in-depth understanding of post-school education training systems ensures she is perfectly placed to assist you too.

The cost of this course is R650 for either morning or the afternoon (excl. lunch).

If you want to attend both sessions, it will be R1,200 for a full day (including lunch)
The venue is 313 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town. Click here to check it out!

Should you be interested in attending this amazing double-bill workshop, please Click here to register by the 12th of July to ensure your seat.

Assessor course 
Dates: 31 July – 1 August 2019
Venue: Randburg,
The cost: R5 950 (ex VAT) per person, including the venue, refreshments, manual, POE assessment and one re-assessment. 10% discount is offered to anyone booking and paying before 17 July 2019.
Registration: Click here to register

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

Industry News

Merseta has announced that they are officially moving away from their SMS (Seta Management System) (Yay!!!!!!) and launching their National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) this month. Now you will be able to:

  • Apply/register as a Skills Development Provider
  • Apply/register as an Assessor/Moderator
  • Manage and process learner related activities including registration, transfers, trade tests, verifications and certification, etc.
  • Apply for workplace approval, courseware, skills programme or skills sets
  • Apply for recognition of prior learning
  • Manage MOAs
  • Access reports

To support stakeholders, Merseta will be rolling out stakeholder capacity building interventions to prepare everyone to utilise the NSDMS and its features. To keep you abreast of their progress, Merseta will be sending out updates on the NSDMS go live as the process unfolds. Click here for more information.

The South African NQF system has been in place for 21 years! can you believe that? To see a synopsis of their achievements to date, click here.

If you are you interested in how the 4th Industrial Revolution is going to impact the workplace? Then click here to watch the highlights of the 4IR Advisory Committee Meeting video, proudly produced by MICTSETA.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!! W&RSETA will be conducting consultation sessions on the 2019/20 SSP updates. Watch this space for further details. To see what is currently on the table – check out this link!

We also heard that there was a learnership opportunity in the Wholesale and Retail Industry – click to check it out!

As a part of CHIETA’s continuous improvement initiative, the ETQA unit is planning to conduct workshops to engage stakeholders on the ETQA related matters and to provide recent updates and implementation processes in order to enhance their stakeholder service. The agenda will include the following:

  • QCTO Latest Updates
  • Legislative changes and its Impact
  • CHIETA AQP Status
  • CHIETA DQP Status
  • Learner Administration and Management Information System (MIS) Update
  • Certification, Trade Testing and Workplace Updates

Kindly note the proposed dates for the workshops below and venue will be confirmed. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact  Fikile Makhoba on 011 628 7000,

Seta Opportunities

Receiving a good education today is vitally important,  but many of us are unable to afford this in our current economy. Recent figures released by Stats SA indicate that South African households will have to make even more room in their budgets to pay for rising tuition fees. That’s why it is crucial to keep aware of all the opportunities that are available to assist in educational development.

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 awesome opportunities that we found that are available this month:

Do you want a bursary to help you pay for your studies? Do you need bursaries for your family, or for your members of staff? Click here to see the ones available at the moment.

BANKSETA covers the funding of certain bursaries through partnership agreements with Universities. These Merit Bursaries are renewable annually and are dependent on the students’ academic progress. For more information, follow this link.

You heard it from us! The Department of Social Development has opened up the 2019 Learnership Application! All applications must be submitted before the 29 July 2019 in order to qualify. If you are interested in taking advantage of this learnership opportunity, click here to find out more.

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.

Heads up! 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!

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.

Heads up! 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!

Psssst…..we also got word that Chieta’s Research and Skills Planning Funding window opened this month! To check this opportunity out, click here.

#Setaninja News

Thrive #setaninjas are having a WOOP WOOPING WINTER this year.

Congratulations to Front Foot Strategic Consulting – – for achieving their Services Seta accreditation! Our #setaninja Thilligie Pillay was the WOOP WARRIOR on this one!

Front Foot’s dynamic GM, Adele Biani had this to say about her experience “Thank you Thrive Learning Facilitation and Thilligie Pillay for perfecting the process but mostly for the perseverance and dedication that triumphed at the end of the day!

Need #setaninja techniques to assist you on your road to accreditation? We have the perfect #setaninja for you!! Get in touch with us today – we are just a click awayCongratulations to on achieving their Services Seta accreditation with #setaninja, Margaret Barretto chop kicking all obstacles out of the way!

Also, huge congratulations go out to 8D Innovation (Pty) Ltd for getting their Services Seta accreditation! Margaret Barretto – WOOP WOOP!