CATHSSETA (PREVIOUSLY THETA)
CATHSSETA, the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority, was established under the Skills Development Act (no. 97 of 1998) [the Skills Act] for the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Economic Sector.
A SETA’s main function is to contribute to the raising of skills – to bring skills to the employed, or those wanting to be employed, in their sector. It does this by ensuring that people learn skills that are needed by employers and communities. There is no value in training people if they cannot use the skills they have learnt.
Training and skills development is not just for young people starting their first jobs, although it is important for them, too! The skills of people already in jobs must also be enhanced.
Training must be to agreed standards, within a national framework wherever possible. It is no good if someone is trained in one province but their qualifications are not recognised in another. It is not ideal for one employer to increase the skills of his or her staff if another employer does not recognise them.
All training, wherever it is provided, should be subject to quality control and, where appropriate, be compared to the best international standards.
To achieve these objectives a SETA must:
- Develop a sector skills plan
- Implement the sector skills plan
- Develop and administer learnerships
- Support the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework
- Undertake quality assurance
- Disburse levies collected from employers in their sector
- Report to the Minister and to the South African Qualifications Authority
CATHSSETA accredits training providers and registers qualified assessors to train and assess recognised unit standards, skills programmes and qualifications.
FGASA is an accredited provider with CATHSSETA and is scoped for various unit standards, skills programmes and qualifications. When an individual becomes a member of FGASA s/he is registered by the FGASA office on the CATHSSETA database as a learner.
Once a learner has been declared competent by a FGASA-registered assessor (registered with CATHSSETA), FGASA records the learner’s achievements on the CATHSSETA database so that CATHSSETA can produce the relevant certificate.