Vocational education for climate- and environmentally relevant professions in the engergy sector
The overall goal of the "Skills Development for Climate and Environment Business" program was: The work force is enabled to meet the labour market demands of the South African green economy. The program focused on a coordinated approach ensuring that skills development for green jobs was promoted from the supply (mainstreaming green skills into all occupations that are being revised or newly developed) as well as from the demand side (assisting in the development of specific skills and technologies in line with industry demand). It combined measures for green skills development from the skilled worker level up to university studies.
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) that became operational on 1 April 2010 is one of three Quality Councils responsible in cooperation with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The QCTO is responsible for the establishment of the sub-framework for Trades and Occupations and the development, maintenance and quality assurance (including assessment and certification) of occupational qualifications within its sub-framework. The sub-framework for Trades and Occupations covers all 10 levels of the NQF.
The study “QCTO – model analysis & review” was related to component 1 of the above programme. It supported the organizational development of the QCTO and its quality partners by analysing and reviewing the model and process of developing occupational qualifications.