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How to Find Career Counselling From Government Now

Career counselling is often referred to as career development services. Each SETA offers career information to the public.

Career Development Services (CDS): Career Counselling

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Why the Youth Need Career Counselling Services

Career counselling is important for young people who are beginning to look for jobs because it helps them understand themselves better and figure out what kinds of jobs might be a good fit for them. It can help them explore their interests, skills, and values, and then match those with potential career options.

This guidance can save them time and effort by steering them towards jobs that they are more likely to enjoy and succeed in. Career counselling also provides support and advice on how to search for jobs effectively, write resumes, prepare for interviews, and make important career decisions. Overall, it helps young people make informed choices about their future careers and increases their chances of finding fulfilling and satisfying work.

How to Find Free Career Counselling Services

Check SETA websites for information, they can be unhelpful to the public if you just arrive without an appointment. You can ask SETAs about learnerships, internships, bursaries or apprenticeships too!

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Career Counselling: the Department of Higher Education and Training

Career development is all encompassing and includes services such as the provision of career information, career advice, career guidance, career counselling and career planning. It is evident that there are significant overlaps of ideas and activities that are commonly understood as being part of career services.

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How Career Counselling is Offered by the Government

It is very important that youth access career counselling when becoming job seekers. The South African Government has acknowledged the need for coordinated CDS in the country. Although it is the responsibility of the Minister of Higher Education and Training, all departments implicated in Delivery Agreement 5 have to participate in this process:

  • The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)
  • The Department of Labour (DoL)
  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
  • The Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
  • The Department of Finance (DoF)
  • The Department of Trade and Industry (dti)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Department of Basic Education (DBE) and provincial departments of education
  • The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)
  • The National Planning Commission (NPC)

SETA Role and The National Skills Development Strategy: Career Counselling

The National Skills Development Strategy III (NSDSIII)3 aims

to encourage the linking of skills development to career paths, career development and promoting sustainable employment and in‐ work progression

It specifically refers to SETAs as structures to include goals to build career and vocational guides for their sector. The table below lists each SETA and what they do in terms of delivering career development services to strengthen linkages between schools, new market entrants and the unemployed.

Note: CATHSSETA did not submit information!

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Career Counselling Offered by Government: SETA Survey

Career Development Services for Career Counselling

SETA NameCareer Counselling ServicesCareer Counselling Target Audience: Who Benefits
Agricultural SETA (AgriSETA)
  • Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Have a career guide and videos. Initiated and runs a Campus Ambassador Campaign at TVET Colleges-students were provided with career information. The programme targets high-performing students from year 2 to year 3 of study at TVET Colleges.FASSET trains them and pays stipend.Host FASSET career expo. These are events similar to the Mandela Day Career Festival but only address FASSET sector-targeted learners.
TVET Colleges; Students in Colleges of Agriculture; and Unemployed rural Youth.
Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&MSETA)
  • Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Have a career guide and videos. Initiated and runs a Campus Ambassador Campaign at TVET Colleges-students were provided with career information. The programme targets high-performing students from year 2 to year 3 of study at TVET Colleges.FASSET trains them and pays stipend.Host FASSET career expo. These are events similar to the Mandela Day Career Festival but only address FASSET sector targeted learners
Grade 11 -12 Learners
Wholesale and Retail SETA (W&RSETA)
  • Has a career guide and brochures.
Learners from Grade 9-12; Schools for learners with special needs; TVET Colleges; Universities; Unemployed Youth ; and LO teachers
Education Training and Development Practitioners SETA (ETDPSETA)
  • Has a career handbook on supply and demand skills. Initiated a Career Guidance Officers Project. Partnerships with the NYDA, SAQA and Provincial Departments of Education. Partnerships with PSETA for a mentorship program for the mentors of Career Guidance Officers. Conduct capacity-building workshops for Career guidance Officers and LO teachers. Career Guidance Officers are provided with 1 year of training with UNISA.
Learners from Grade 9-12; TVET Colleges ;and LO teachers
Security and Safety SETA (SASSETA)
  • Career exhibitions in rural areas. Workshops with LO teachers.Advice on scarce and critical skills. Partnership with the University of Pretoria on Sci-Bono Project. Has a database for unemployed youth. Partnership with SAQA on CDS.
 
Media, Advertising, Information and Communication Technologies SETA (MICTSETA)
  • Attends career exhibitions by invitation.Attends government ICT Conference.
Grade 9-12 Learners
Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET)
  • Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Have a career guide and videos. Initiated and runs a Campus Ambassador Campaign at TVET Colleges-students were provided with career information. The programme targets high performing students from year 2 to year 3 of study at TVET Colleges.FASSET trains them and pays stipend.Host FASSET career expo. These are events similar to the Mandela Day Career Festival but only address FASSET sector-targeted learners
Learners from Grade 9-12; and TVET Colleges
Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA)
  • Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Have a career guide and videos. Initiated and runs a Campus Ambassador Campaign at TVET Colleges-students were provided with career information. The programme targets high-performing students from year 2 to year 3 of study at TVET Colleges.FASSET trains them and pays stipend.Host FASSET career expo. These are events similar to the Mandela Day Career Festival but only address FASSET sector-targeted learners
People with disabilities; Learners from Grade 9-12; and Municipal workers.
Services Seta
  • Communicates different career paths within Local Government. Provides bursaries, learnerships and workplace-integrated training through municipalities. Career Guide in draft. Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Promotes “Apply on Time Campaign”.
Learners from Grade 9-12
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA)
  • Career guidance describing occupations within the health and social development sector. Provides learnerships. Has a career guide.Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Attends events on special days relevant to CDS. Awareness creation on disabilities. Developed an awareness booklet for employers on disabilities. Visits schools to provide career information to learners with disabilities
Unemployed Youth; teachers; and Learners from Grade 9-12.
Health and Welfare Seta (HWSETA)
  • Career guidance describing occupations within the health and social development sector. Provides learnerships. Has a career guide. Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Attends events on special days relevant to CDS. Awareness creation on disabilities. Developed an awareness booklet for employers on disabilities.Visits schools to provide career information to learners with disabilities
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Learners with disabilities; Workers with disabilities; and Learners from Grade 9-12.
Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
  • A comprehensive career guide. Career DVDs. Conducts Roadshows. Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Host Engenius-engeneering careers programme. Works very closely with the Department of Minerals and Energy.
Learners from Grade 9-12; Mine workers; Primary Schools; and TVET Colleges
Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)
  • Career Guidance Exhibitions. Has Learnerships.
Grade 9-12 Learners; Mineworkers; Primary Schools; and TVET Colleges
Public Services Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA)
  • Provides career information on transactional skills. Promote training in government. Provides career information to youth in rural areas. Runs radio campaigns. Partners with ETDP SETA on mentors for Career Guidance Officers. Has a career guide.
Youth in rural areas

Learners from Grade 9-12Civil Servants

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  • Provides bursaries to learners. Attends career exhibitions by invitation. Promote open plant days for learners. Has a careers CD and a career booklet. Has a scarce skills guide with learning pathways that serve as a guide for teachers. Provides information sessions in schools. Conducts workshops for teachers.
Grade 9-12 Learners; and Teachers.
Energy and Water SETA (EWSETA)
  • Programmes informed by the annual marketing and communications plan. Has a career guide for learners and the youth. Participates in career exhibitions by invitation.
Learners from Grade 9-12.
BANK SETA
  • Train LO teachers. Distributes career booklets during finance week. Partnerships with employers on career information. Partner with SAICA – sponsor learner Chartered Accountants at the University of Zululand. University of Fort Hare partnership to distribute career booklets through municipalities. Provides Maths and Science programme in partnership with Xenex Foundation. Provides CDS for cooperatives programme with CBDA. Also provides training on Consumer Education. Participates in career exhibitions by invitation. Has a mobile bus for outreach
LO teachers; Learners from Grade 9-12; and university students.
Chemical Industries SETA (CHIETA)
  • Has a career booklet. Develops materials in support of learnerships and apprenticeships. Participates in career exhibitions by invitation provincially and nationally. Works in partnership with SAQA, GCRA and other SETAs
Learners from Grade 9-12; TVET Colleges; and Universities
Transport SETA (TETA)
  • Focuses on career exhibitions nationally and provincially. Has a career booklet.
Learners from Grade 8-12; Youth from ages 18-25; LO Teachers; and NGOs
Construction Education SETA (CETA)
  • Hosts career exhibitions in provinces. Has skills centres in TVET Colleges. Attends career exhibitions by invitation.Provides Lecturer development programmes (training them to be Facilitators and Assessors for skills centres).
 
CATHSSETANo response was received.  

Extracted from the REPORT ON THE SURVEY OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES 2013/2014

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