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FET Summit Task Teams

The Further Education and Training (FET) Round Table convened on 9 April 2010 by the ETDP SETA for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) brought together a comprehensive gathering of stakeholders in the FET college system. Two key discussion documents were tabled by the DHET: ‘Challenges Facing the FET College Subsystem’ and a ‘Proposed Way Forward’.

At the FET Round Table stakeholders agreed that a high-level Steering Committee will oversee the process of preparing for a broader FET Summit in September. The work of the Steering Committee (to be supported by a Summit Working Committee) will be to review and approve the work of a number of Task Teams recruited to take responsibility for the following work streams endorsed at the Round Table:

Steps towards stabilization

Work Stream 1: Models of autonomy

Work Stream 2: Policy and legal issues

Work Stream 3: Programmes

Work Stream 4: Urgent planning for 2011

Work Stream 5: Funding

Work Stream 6: Examinations

Work Stream 7: Communication


The Summit Task Teams are being managed by Paul Musker and Associates (PMA) on behalf of the Swiss – South African Cooperation Initiative (SSACI). A Summit Working Committee will oversee the work of the Task Teams, meeting twice a month from May to August to process recommendations (e.g. approval of Task Team reports and recommendations) for the Steering Committee, which will meet once per month over the same period. It was agreed at the Round Table that both the Steering Committee and the Working Committee will have representation from the following stakeholder groupings:

  • SACE
  • ELRC
  • ITU
  • Business

The Committees will be chaired by the DG/DDG of the DHET, and will consider the outputs of the above work streams in the context of the broad challenge of achieving clarity on the mission and purpose of colleges, which will be a transversal theme in the work of the Task Teams. The ultimate goal of the Task Teams will be to contribute to stabilizing the FET college sector and developing an effective and vibrant post-school education and training system (PSES).

Five Task Teams will address the seven work streams listed above, covering the following areas of work:

(1)Models of autonomy and legal/policy actions
(3)Planning and funding for 2011 and beyond
(5)Planning support for colleges for 2011 with regard to staffing and learner recruitment

Task Team 5 may draw personnel from the other Task Teams, and will support the colleges via the Summit website and by visiting colleges most in need to support their operational planning for 2010.

Objectives and outputs of the work of the Task Teams

The broad objectives and outputs of the work of the Task Teams follow. The work of each Task Team will be informed by the transversal theme of clarifying the future mission and purpose of FET colleges. Each Task Team will have a short-term view (the stabilisation of the sector and planning for 2011) and a long-term view (developing a vibrant PSES).








Prepare a comprehensive, evidence-based working document for the FET Summit to be held in August 2010 that addresses immediate stabilisation of the FET college sector and provides a platform for the long-term development of an effective and vibrant post-school education and training system (PSES).

  • Draft Summit Working Document covering all seven Work Streams set out in the Round Table ‘Proposed Way Forward’.

  • Final Summit Working Document.



The objectives and outputs of the Project Manager are set out below:





Activities and Outputs

  • Provide support to the DHET as and when required.

  • Provide support to the Summit Steering Committee and Working Committee, ensuring effective liaison and communication between the Task Teams and the Committees.

  • Develop detailed task briefs for Task Teams and individual Task Team members.

  • Provide templates for Task Team outputs.

  • Set up and manage effective coordination and communication channels.

  • Ensure that the SSACI Secretariat provides efficient support to the Task Teams and the Committees.

  • Manage and monitor Task Team progress and ensure coherence and cohesion in the work of the Task Teams.

  • Update the Work Plan as and when necessary.

  • Produce the assembled Summit Working Document.


  • Task Team briefs.

  • Task briefs for individual Task Team members.

  • Task Team output templates.

  • Updated Work Plans.

  • Memoranda and progress reports for Summit Committees.

  • Draft Summit Working Document.

  • Final Summit Working Document.



Each Task Team will make distinct but complementary contributions to the overall objective as itemised in the each of the Task Team pages.

As the work of the Task Teams unfolds, updated reports and communication will posted on each of the Task Team pages.