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Skills Development Programmes for Public Service Excellence

The Public Service SETA (PSETA) coordinates skills development for government.

This includes government departments like DIRCO, Home Affairs, parliament, provincial legislatures, public entities and parastatals. 

Correctional Services are also included here.

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Enhance your skills and make a significant impact in the public service sector.

The Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) offers a wide range of skills development programmes designed to empower individuals like you. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to PSETA’s Skills Programme Matrix.

This list of skills programmes is meticulously curated to meet the specific needs of the sector.

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Understanding the PSETA Skills Programme Matrix

The PSETA Skills Programme Matrix serves a crucial purpose – to maintain a uniform and credible skills programmes framework.

This framework is not arbitrary. It’s carefully informed by the Strategic Skills Planning (SSP) and the actual needs of the sector. Here’s what you need to know:

PSETA Sources of Information for Public Sector Learnerships

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To ensure the relevancy and effectiveness of these programmes, PSETA draws its insights from various sources:

  • PSETA Strategic Skills Planning (SSP)
  • SAQA Qualifications and Unit Standards Documents with a registration end date of 30 June 2023
  • Demand-led requests from the Public Service Sector.

PSETA Skills Programmes and Public Sector Learnerships

A Skills Programme is an occupation-based learning programme aimed at building skills that have economic value.

A skills programme incorporates at least one unit standard. It is registered by a SETA and delivered by an accredited training provider and it leads to a qualification registered on the NQF.

A PSETA accredited provider or an employer registered with PSETA who has developed a skills programme may apply to PSETA for the skills programme to be registered.

Skills Development Programme Highlights for Public Sector Learnerships

Now, let’s delve into some of the key skills development programmes offered by PSETA. Each programme is thoughtfully crafted to equip you with the skills necessary to excel in the public service sector.

We’ll break down PSETA’s Skills Programme Matrix, detailing each programme’s key information, including NQF levels, unit standards, credits, and registration end dates.

1. Project Manager (General) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 121905/100
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 30

Unit Standards:

  • 120303 – Apply principles of risk management
  • 120385 – Apply a range of project management tools and techniques
  • 120302 – Prepare budgets for a specific sector
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2. General Manager Public Service (Strategy) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 111202/101
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 30

Unit Standards:

  • 114879 – Promote a productivity improvement strategy
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120311 – Apply visionary leadership to develop strategy
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120307 – Apply South African legislation and policy affecting public administration
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

3. General Clerk Public Service (Service Delivery) – NQF 4 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 411101/102
  • NQF Level: 4
  • Total Credits: 20

Unit Standards:

  • 242901 – Apply the principles of good customer service to achieve public service objectives
    • NQF Level: 4
    • Credits: 6
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242858 – Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the Public Sector Code of Conduct in own work roles and context
    • NQF Level: 3
    • Credits: 4
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242903 – Define overall public sector culture and values and apply to own work context
    • NQF Level: 4
    • Credits: 6
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242860 – Apply the Batho Pele principles to own work role and context
    • NQF Level: 3
    • Credits: 4
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

4. General Manager Public Service (Planning) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 111202/102
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 10

Unit Standards:

  • 120311 – Apply visionary leadership to develop strategy
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

5. Finance Manager (Public Entities) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 12101/101
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 12

Unit Standards:

  • 120360 – Demonstrate understanding of financial and accounting principles for public entities
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 12
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

6. Project Coordinator – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2017 – 441903/101
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 8

Unit Standards:

  • 243824 – Develop an integrated Project Management plan for a simple to moderately complex project
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 8
    • Registration End Date: 2023/07/01

7. Employee Relations Manager (Conflict Management) – NQF 6 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/2018 – 121201/103 – 6
  • NQF Level: 6
  • Total Credits: 8

Unit Standards:

  • 114226 – Interpret and manage conflicts within the workplace
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 8
    • Registration End Date: 2023/07/01
  • 242919 – Manage human resources in a public sector context
    • NQF Level: 7
    • Credits: 12
    • Registration End Date: 2023/07/02

8. Project Manager (General DG1819) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/121905/100
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 30

Unit Standards:

  • 120303 – Apply principles of risk management
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 8
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120385 – Apply a range of project management tools and techniques
    • NQF Level: 4
    • Credits: 7
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120302 – Prepare budgets for a specific sector
    • NQF Level: 6
    • Credits: 15
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

9. General Manager Public Service (Strategy DG1819) – NQF 5 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/111202/200
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Total Credits: 30

Unit Standards:

  • 114879 – Promote a productivity improvement strategy
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120311 – Apply visionary leadership to develop strategy
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 120307 – Apply South African legislation and policy affecting public administration
    • NQF Level: 5
    • Credits: 10
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

10. General Clerk Public Service (Service Delivery) – NQF 4 Public Sector Learnerships

  • Skills Programme Code: 21/SP/411101/300
  • NQF Level: 4
  • Total Credits: 20

Unit Standards:

  • 242901 – Apply the principles of good customer service to achieve public service objectives
    • NQF Level: 4
    • Credits: 6
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242858 – Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the Public Sector Code of Conduct in own work roles and context
    • NQF Level: 3
    • Credits: 4
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242903 – Define overall public sector culture and values and apply to own work context
    • NQF Level: 4
    • Credits: 6
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30
  • 242860 – Apply the Batho Pele principles to own work role and context
    • NQF Level: 3
    • Credits: 4
    • Registration End Date: 2023/06/30

These PSETA skills development programmes provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your career and contribute to the public service sector’s success.

View the PSETA registered skills programmes document.

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Public Services Artisan Development

PSETA aims to build “a skilled and capable workforce for an efficient, effective, professionalized and developmental public service”. Central to this is embedding skills development in efforts to build priority state capabilities, as identified in Chapter 13 of the National Development Plan. One such priority is the “professional and technical” capabilities of the state.

PSETA Artisan Development Programmes List:

1. Apprenticeship programme (Contracted Learners):

The candidate enters into an apprenticeship contract for a maximum period of four years. The programme consists of three components (which should be completed before a learner can access the trade test) namely:

a. Knowledge component;
b. Institutional practical component; and
c. The workplace training.

Registration of apprenticeship contracts in terms of Chapter 4 of the Skills Development Act of 1998 as amended.

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Requirements:

  1. The candidate must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. The candidate should have the following minimum level of education:
    • N2 including relevant trade theory subjects,
    • Technical Grade 11 including relevant trade theory subjects,
    • NCV level 3 with 7 subjects including relevant trade theory subjects.
  3. Compliance with medical requirements applicable to the trade.

2. Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning (Non-Contracted Learners):

Trade test application through an RPL process in terms of section 2(3) of the Trade Test Regulation:

a. Granting access to a trade test in terms of section 11(5) of the Trade Test Regulation: Requirements:

  • N2 certificate including the relevant trade theory subjects and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • Relevant engineering NCV at NQF level 3 and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • Relevant engineering NCV 4 plus completion of all relevant work experience modules and a minimum of 18 months relevant work experience; or
  • Technical Grade 12 with Maths, Engineering Science and related trade theory subject and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • Grade 9 and a minimum of 4 years relevant work experience; or
  • Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical diploma (T, S and N stream) and a minimum of 18 months relevant work experience.

b. Registering learners who qualify to access trade test through approved ARPL Toolkits, the trades listed below are ready for implementation through the Toolkits:

  • Boilermaker;
  • Diesel Mechanic;
  • Motor Mechanic;
  • Fitter; and
  • Welder

Learning Programmes Department Contact Details for Public Sector Learnerships

PSETA does not have provincial offices. However, there are officers who are assigned to support provinces with regards to Learnerships, skills programmes, Work Integrated Learning, Bursaries and Artisan Development Implementation

Public Sector Learnerships

Employers wishing to register learners on a PSETA learnerships are required to submit an Intent to implement a learnership.

Employers are also required to complete a workplace vetting form which aims to verify the ability of the workplace to host a specific learnership.

The verification includes access to resources related to the learnership, the relevance of the work experience component to the qualification, and the structures in place to ensure successful implementation and completion of the learnership.

ETQA ACRONYMLEARNERSHIP TITLELEARNERSHIP CODENQF LEVELQUAL ID
1Public Administration Practitioner Level 321Q210008311313Level 357804
2Public Administration Level 321Q210025361573Level 357804
3National Certificate in Local Employment and Skills Development Practices Level 421Q210005461704Level 423976
4Human Resources Management and Support Level 421Q210014331404Level 449691
5FETC: Public Admin: Supply Chain Management Level 421Q210016261794Level 457824
6FETC: Public Admin: Supervisor Level 421Q210017271774Level 457824
7Inspection and Enforcement Level 521Q210015291405Level 549107
8National Certificate in Public Administration Level 521Q210018371415Level 557824
9National Diploma: Public Finance Management Administration ( Provincial and National Spheres ) Level 521Q210019232825Level 549554
10National Certificate: Public Administration: Leadership Level 521Q210020271875Level 550060
11National Certificate: Public Administration: Procurement Level 521Q210021291875Level 550060
12Immigration Services Level 521Q210023271505Level 566869
13Immigration Law Enforcement Level 521Q210024251205Level 550418
14National Certificate: Public Finance Management and Administration Level 521Q210026222675Level 549554
15Provisioning Administration Level 521Q210011001205Level 524340
16Immigration Services21Q210030241205Level 566869
17Refugee Services21Q210030241205Level 566869
18Public Financial Oversight and Accountability21Q210029111204Level 664670
Public Sector Learnerships

Public Administration NQF Level 5 Public Sector Learnerships

View the Leadership and Procurement learnership qualifications at the links below

Check out this list of currently registered learnerships. There is a pipeline of new qualifications being developed so there’s a lot of stuff to keep up to date with!

Lists of New Occupation Certificates:

  • NQF. Level 1 and 2 for those with little or no high school and limited if any work experience

Employers Registered with PSETA wishing to implement Public Sector Learnerships:

1. Submits an intent to implement a learnership

2. Sign an employment contract with the learner (if the learner was not employed at the time of signing the learnership agreement)

3. Sign a Learnership Agreement with the learner

4. Submit the Learnership Agreement to PSETA together with the following:

  • Copy of the learner’s employment contract
  • Original Certified copy of the learner’s ID document
  • Proof/confirmation of employment status for employed learners

The Learnership Agreement and other supplementary documentation can be accessed under the Downloads section of the website.

Please Note:

1. Learnership regulations require PSETA to make a decision on whether it will register a learnership agreement within 7 days of receipt.

2. Learnership regulations also require PSETA to register the learnership agreement within 21 days of that decision.

3. If the agreement has any outstanding information, the learnership agreement will be returned to the employer, accompanied by a letter indicating reasons for non-registration. The employer may resubmit the learnership agreement, together with all required documentation

4. If all the required documents are attached, PSETA will issue the employer with a Confirmation letter or proof of registration certificate.

Employers Registered with PSETA wishing to implement a Learnership from another SETA

1. Contact the SETA to which the learnership belongs to ascertain if the employer fulfils all the requirements to implement the learnership.

2. Submit to PSETA an Intent to implement a learnership belonging to another SETA

3. Complete the PSETA learnership agreement and submit it to PSETA.

4. PSETA will submit a copy of the Learnership Agreement to the respective SETA who will register the learnership and issue the employer with a confirmation letter.

Public Services SETA for Public Sector Learnerships

The PSETA has a Learning Programmes Department that matches qualification development to industry needs. If you want to work in the Public Sector, you should know which qualifications are required by different stakeholders in different sectors.

PSETA Qualifications for Public Sector Learnerships

To read the full qualification, do a Google search using the ID and qualification title. Follow the link to the qualification on SAQA.

Remember, NQF Level 3 Qualifications do not require Matric.

Here’s a list of PSETA training organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions: Public Sector Learnerships

What is learnership:

Refers to a learning programme where the learner spends time learning theory and practical skills in a workplace. It leads to a qualification registered on the NQF.

What is experiential learning versus internship?

The internship together with the experiential learning programme, affords the learners the opportunity to gain work experience and also assist graduates in attaining accreditation upon completion of the programme.

An internship is a workplace or practical component that is required in addition to a general theoretical knowledge-based qualification (institutional provider) in order to obtain registration as a professional or as licensed to practice

How do I enter Public Sector Learnerships?

Stakeholders i. e departments normally put adverts in the newspapers for the learners to enter into the learnerships. The adverts will specify all expected conditions that one should consider. (Stakeholder – means PSETA-approved organisations that can train people.)

How do I qualify for PSETA Public Sector Learnerships?

A specific qualification determines and outlines the criterion for which the learner can enter into the learnership.

Does PSETA have funds to pay for the learners in Public Sector Learnerships?

The PSETA guides and supports stakeholders/ departments on how to implement the learnerships. It is the stakeholders that normally pay the stipend for the learners into the learnership programme.

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  1. mpho

    Hi I’ve got national certificate in public administration need a learnership

  2. Leonie Hall

    Hi Goodness
    Please read our articles on finding learnerships as I’ve posted much advice and many many contacts!
    Best of luck and warmest regards Leonie

  3. Goodness Kubheka

    Good day,

    I’m looking for learnership for my sister’s children, they are boys and they have finished their matric. please help desperate aunt.

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