In reviewing FET learning programmes, the intention was to include a review of private FET colleges. However the process of registration of FET colleges by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is, to date, incomplete, so a comprehensive list could not be accessed. A complete list of private FET colleges will however be available by the start of 2006 and can be accessed from SAQA’s website. This search rendered tourist related courses at Northlink, Boland, South Cape College and Port Elizabeth College and agriculturally related courses at Boland College. These are listed in section 5. Most of the Eastern Cape FET colleges offer a range of Business Management Courses, none of which reflect any focus on environmental management or resource economics, and are therefore not listed.
This search showed that most courses offered by the FET colleges are post matric courses, implying a level 5 qualification. Though some courses are offered as introductory to level 5 qualifications (see section 5).
Learnerships and Skills Programmes were reviewed in a three-step process:
Firstly, a search was done of various Sectoral Education and Training Authority (SETA) websites to identify those SETAs related to biodiversity conservation and conservation issues and those that have a specified chamber for conservation. Those identified were the Agricultural SETA (AGRISETA), the Local Government SETA (LGSETA), the Education, Training and Development Practitioners SETA (ETDPSETA) and the Tourism and Hospitality SETA (THETA). Through exploring learnerships offered by the LGSETA, I was referred to the Water Chamber of the Energy SETA (ESETA) who recently took over a series of learnerships from the LGSETA on water resource management. The ESETA was added to the list of SETAs reviewed.
Secondly, lists of registered learnerships were accessed from these websites and a review undertaken of the details of the learnerships, for example, the unit standards that make up the learnership and the NQF level at which it is pitched. Through this website search, lists of accredited providers were similarly accessed.
Telephonically and via e-mail, contact was made with accredited providers in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape, to ascertain which of the registered learnerships are offered by these organisations and also to get a list of other courses offered. This search was confined to the two provinces since learnerships require learners to engage in instructional learning as well as workplace based learning. Since
A.P.E.’s activities were focused in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape these regionally based providers might better enable the application of learning within the work context.
Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation