5th Biennial Conference Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS AND DECLARATION 24-26 March 2013 CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 1. Communication, collaboration and coordination to become the cornerstone of the post-schooling sector and between schooling and post schooling sectors; - InterSETA meetings to be regulated and monitored for implementation of joint programmes; - Best practice forums amongst the key players (organized labour, employer organizations, SACPO, APPETD, HESA, SETA CEOs Forum, SANGOCO) in the post school sector to be held regularly for evaluation and monitoring purposes; - DHET to champion the monitoring capability internally and build a repository of all best practices in the post-schooling sector. 2. Source vital intelligence and develop a national strategy on entrepreneurship development, funding and competitiveness. - Coordinate the database of entrepreneurship grants and 3. Pooling of SETA resources to conduct and provide research intelligence in labour market practices, absorption of youth/graduates and scarce skills CONFERENCE DECLARATIONS CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 4. Implementation of integrated solutions/programmes, monitor compliance with various policy frameworks/accords that exist and communicate the impact of post-schooling programmes. - Internship is an important intervention of providing work experience to graduates and should be part of PIVOTAL grants. 5. DHET to coordinate the different funding sources and improve efficiencies to avoid duplication in the funding of post school programmes; - Work to build a common base for stipends and bursaries across the various SETAs - Allocation of financial support is informed by accurate data on demand and supply of skills through centralized labour market research; - Increase the administration threshold of discretionary grant funding of the SETAs and allow for a discretionary support in needy rural and township areas - The institutions where the students are studying must strengthen their student support systems to increase throughput rates; - All funding institutions should standardise student bursaries to include accommodation, transport and meals over and above tuition fees; - Build a mechanism to determine the needs and socio-economic background of students; - Funding to be linked to socio-economic status at undergraduate level and succession as well as economic demand to determine funding for CONFERENCE DECLARATIONS CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 6. ETDP SETA to take a lead in institutionalizing career development, guidance and management across post-schooling institutions from grade 8 up to employment in collaboration with the NGO/PBO/NPO institutions. 7. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) National Policy Framework must be adopted for implementation across the post schooling system. - Increase funding from the private sector - Instituionalize the involvement of relevant Industry and Setas (stakeholders) in curriculum development and maintenance. - Encourage partnerships FET College and UoTs Principals to develop and accelerate college-industry partnership for the placement of learners. 8. Institutionalize youth community service, vacation work and work experience for all students in the post schooling sector. - Provide funding and capacity to colleges and universities for provision of work readiness programmes and employment attraction skills. 9. Rejects the Youth Wage Subsidy as a key solution towards solving the youth unemployment crisis – but seek to adopt viable youth incentive schemes that are linked to a developmental state agenda. CONFERENCE DECLARATIONS CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 1. CONFERENCE DECLARATIONS 10. Political will and business commitment to support and provide resources for all the post-schooling challenges, activities and programmes. We as the delegates to the 5th Biennial Conference of the ETDP Sector do declare that time has come for: Impact driven post-school education and training based on integrated implementation, shared communication, differentiated and contextualised funding that bears the character of a developmental state. 11. Upgrading of lecture qualifications, improve institutional coherence amongst the quality assurance bodies. - Prepare, budget and plan for implementation of proposals in the imminent White Paper on Post-School Education and Training sector. - Increase funding for school based development of teachers and lecturers as well as increase teacher training in the priority subjects (African Languages, Mathematics and Science). - DHET to create a framework for universities, FET Colleges and SETAs collaborations to prevent abuse of the university autonomy. 12. Youth unemployment - Establish a special SETA fund to unblock delays and bottlenecks for university and college students to complete their WIL on record time; - Increase SETA funding to support a structured programmes for learner second chance and internships for unemployed graduates. - Increase SETA funding to support youth access and retention to the world of work and champion artisans and build new professions to build a caring society. 1. CONFERENCE DECLARATIONS We as the delegates to the 5th Biennial Conference of the ETDP Sector do declare that time has come for: Impact driven post-school education and training based on integrated implementation, shared communication, differentiated and contextualised funding that bears the character of a developmental state.