International Leadership Development Programme
The objective of this flagship project which is in its ninth year (2017) of successful implementation is to increase the talent pipeline of highly promotable, historically disadvantaged leaders within the Wholesale and Retail Sector who have been earmarked for senior or executive positions in their companies.
The ILDP exposes delegates to best practice in leadership as well as wholesale and retail practices locally and internationally. The Programme boasts Alumni of 290 senior executives who are making remarkable strides in advancing the Wholesale and Retail Sector. A total investment of over R 90m has been made towards the Programme since its launch in 2009.
Since its inception, the ILDP has been instrumental in the promotion of over 100 delegates with several being allocated additional responsibilities in their portfolios. Delegates have been promoted to positions of directors, general managers, executives, managing directors, chief financial officers, and have been appointed to the Executive Committees of retail companies. Some of the delegates have pursued entrepreneurial opportunities starting their own businesses which are contributing to the growth of the country.
The 2017 group has been being enrolled with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS); a business school of the University of Pretoria. The group will be divided into two. One group of 30 delegates will tour the United States of America and India while the other group will visit China and Russia. The entire group will also visit Ghana as part of the Action Learning Programme.
Retail Management Development Programme (RMDP)
The inaugural Wholesale and Retail SETA Retail Management Development Programme (RMDP) was launched in 2012 as a response to addressing skills gaps within the current middle management complement within the Sector and create a pool of skilled middle managers. The Programme equips delegates with prerequisite skills to become effective managers. RMDP graduates will also be able to further their learning with a career path into the ILDP.
The Retail MDP also seeks to create an avenue for retail management development for prospective retail managers. The Sector Skills Plan has identified retail management development as a key requirement which is attributed to the relatively low skills requirement to enter the Sector as many retail managers are developed within the business.
Since its inception, 1383 delegates have successfully completed the Programme.
The SETA has invested R 20 million for the 2017 Programme which will benefit 400 middle managers across the country.
Gauteng School of Excellence (SoE)
The objective of the Gauteng Schools of Excellence project is to support and equip four TVET colleges within the Gauteng region that will address the needs of the Wholesale and Retail Sector through education, training and skills development initiatives. The Project will address challenges identified by TVET colleges through building the necessary capacity to offer retail programmes. Additionally, the project will assist the TVET Colleges to position themselves as preferred training providers for the Wholesale and Retail Sector. The W&RSETA will provide financial support to institutions for infrastructure development, lecturer capacitation and the implementation of Learnership programmes.
This project is based on the model of the highly successful KZN SOE.
Post Graduate Research Bursaries
Subsequent to the establishment of the W&RSETA Retail Chair and the allocation of bursaries to Masters and Doctoral students, the demand for bursaries for these high level programmes has increased dramatically. This has resulted in the W&RSETA allocating funds to assist employees from wholesale and retail companies to pursue post graduate studies in research. The project will provide financial assistance to 105 qualifying individuals to further their studies to achieve a Masters or Doctoral degree. The beneficiaries will be recruited from wholesale and retail companies that will in turn be required to allow their workplaces to be subject for research by the beneficiaries.
The W&RSETA established the Wholesale and Retail Leadership Chair at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) 2012. The objective of the Retail Leadership Chair is to contribute towards research and the development of W&R qualifications from NQF 5 -10 through collaboration between the Sector, labour and institutions of higher learning. The collaboration between the key role players will ensure a pool with suitably qualified and experienced entrants for the Sector and that the skills levels of the current workforce are improved.
Bursaries have also been awarded to 7 post-graduate students who are enrolled in Masters and Doctoral studies with a specific focus on Retail. The Chair of Retail also provides support to the post-graduate students.
The Chair is currently facilitating international collaborative networks and exchange programmes in an attempt to determine best practice in research and in particular the provision of retail learning programmes. The project will be implemented over a three-year period at a cost of R 17,4m.
Stakeholder participation is of critical importance in this process and is encouraged. The SETA engages stakeholders to solicit input to the SSP through various forums including the regional structures and desktop research.
W&R Schools of Excellence
The W&RSETA has partnered with its stakeholder companies, the Durban University of Technology, and four Technical, Vocational Education and Training Colleges in KwaZulu Natal to establish Retail Schools of Excellence. The objective of the project, inter alia, is to ensure that institutions of learning produce suitably qualified and experienced students to meet the demands of business for the growth and prosperity of the Sector and the Country.
R 7m has been allocated to this initiative, which is the first of its kind in the Sector. Components of the project include infrastructure improvement in the colleges, development of qualifications from NQF levels 3 - 5, lecturer capacitation, and selection and recruitment of the students.
500 learners, comprising of 250 employed and 250 unemployed, have been enrolled at the Majuba, Thekwini, Esayidi and Mthashana TVET Colleges and the Durban University of Technology. The learners placed at the TVET Colleges are enrolled on an NQF level 2 learnership programme and some of them will progress to NQF level 4 and 5 programmes that are currently being developed by the DUT. The learnership component of this project is funded with a budget of R 14,5m.
This project is also the SETA's comprehensive approach to establish presence in and collaborate with TVET colleges and the rural communities of our country, which is one of the Minister's priorities. The project also addresses articulation between the TVET and higher learning systems.
The SETA is cognisant of the varying skills development needs of the Provinces and implements projects that address the specific needs.
Eastern Cape Rural Development Partnership Project
The W&RSETA has invested R 130 million for the Eastern Cape Rural Development project which aims to assist in decreasing poverty levels in rural areas of the province. The project will foster encourage partnership between Higher Education and Training Institutions and TVET Colleges with wholesale and retail companies with an objective of increasing learning opportunities in rural areas and townships. 274 learners will be enrolled on various learning programmes to improve their chances of securing employment within the Wholesale and Retail Sector.
Northern Cape / Office of the Premier Internships for FET Graduates
The objective of this project is to provide internship opportunities to 100 TVET College students studying towards qualifications that address scarce and critical skills in the W&R Sector, within various companies in the Northern Cape for a period of 18 months.
The SETA has invested R 5,4m towards this project.
Western Cape: Bakers for Youth Development and Sustainability
As part of contributing towards and supporting youth development initiatives within the Western Cape Province, the SETA is funding the training of 15 learners on confectionery bakery artisan programme.
The project supports the Provincial Government's efforts to alleviate poverty and create sustainable jobs for the youth and the SETA has allocated R 580 000 towards the project.
Western Cape: The Clothing Bank
The Clothing Bank, an organisation that assists single unemployed mothers, is implementing business empowerment programme for 246 women to improve sustainability of their businesses.
The SETA has allocated R 13m towards the training component of this project to assist 176 of the target of 246 women which will also incorporate a mentoring programme.
Youth Focus Project
The Youth Focus project is a collaborative initiative between the W&RSETA, Western Cape Government, Retail Sector and TVET Colleges to provide learning opportunities for youth that has exited the education system and has matured beyond the point of return to the formal schooling system. The youth is assisted to continue the journey of life-long learning in order to secure decent employment. It addresses the plight of youth destined to a life of crime and poverty with that of education and employment opportunities.
240 unemployed youth who have completed a bridging programme with the Western Cape Education Department will be enrolled on the W&R National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Operations NQF level 2 Learnership. Learners received training from the following participating TVET Colleges: South Cape, College of Cape Town, Boland and Northlink; and were placed within companies for the practical workplace experience component.The W&SETA has invested R 11m towards this project.