The Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) was established in 2000 and, of the 512,643 people trained by SETAs over the past decade, 312,360 have gained a qualification. However the SETAs have fallen short of targets for people with disabilities.

Studying at a SETA

Learnerships are based on needs as well as thescarcity of skills. SETAs are not an easy or quick way to learn or find employment but most SETAs are trying hard to assist people with disabilities.

All SETAs are required to stipulate 3% for disability, but they do not stipulate the disability. Some SETAs have increased the disability percentage, such as the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA), which asks for 10%.

Learnerships have two parts: theory and practical. There are obvious challenges in certain industries for people with disabilities, but most SETAs eagerly assist. Some SETAs have programmes specifically designed for Disabilities.

It is not a question of going to a SETA and getting a learnership. SETAs do not provide training. Employers receive funding for training if they employ and train people with disabilities. The SETAs evaluateand provide funding for these learnerships provided by the employer, or SETA accredited service providers. Some SETAs will add you to a database whereas,with others, it is a case of calling employers and asking.

One can also register with the Department of Labour where employers register learnerships on offer but not all employers are registered.

What's on Offer?

Rolling Inspiration called the various SETAs anonymously to find out.


  • Financial Services Advice (FSA) learnership for recently matriculated (grade 12) learners
  • Certificate in Business Management (CIBM) for learners with a 3-year tertiary qualification (e.g. BComm, NDip Accounting)
  • A niche learnership of one year for people with disabilities (without aMatric) is also available.

The Bank SEDA outsources the recruitment of learners. The application process as well as the application dates will be published in the national press and on the Bank SEDA website homepage when the recruitment process starts.

The SETA will be advertising the learnerships between July and August.


This SETA serves the culture, visual arts, heritage,tourism, hospitality and sports industries. This SETA's projects address middle level skills, providing career guidance, addressing low level numeracy andlanguage skills and capacity building towards further education and training. Various CATHSSETA projects are available for people with disabilities:

  • Fast Food Cook - National Certificate in Fast Food Services Level 3
  • Cooks, Chefs and assistant Chefs - National Certificate in Professional Cookery Level 4
  • Housekeeper- National Certificate in Accommodation Services Level 2


This SETA serves the chemical industries. There are no specific programmes for people with disabilities in place and there are specific workplace environmental challenges in these industries. Learnerships are developed for plants and, according to two CHIETA employees, people in wheelchairs cannot work in a chemical plant per se. According to their website a number of learnerships are available, but not necessarily for persons with disabilities.


This SETA serves the Education industries. People with disabilities are welcome to join any learnership and they do cater for specialneeds. This year ETDP has registered: Youth Development NQF Level 4 and ECD NQF Level 4 (one year programme) and Level 5 (two years).


FASSET serves the financial and accounting industries. There are learnerships specific to disability, but all learnerships areinclusive. Some discretionary grants are open to persons with disabilities, but they have to be working in the sector.

FASSET disability learnerships require a BComm, BTech,or maths and accounting as a matric subject. FASSET is also finalising a toolkit for employers to assist them in employing persons with disabilities.


This SETA serves the food and beverages industries. FOODBEV only provides the funding for training so companies first employ aperson with a disability and then ask for the learnership programme.



HWSETA serves the health and welfare, social work and traditional healing industries. All learnerships are open for disability.

Learnerships include: GETC Ancillary Health Care,Theology & Ministry, Community Health Worker, Certificate in General Nursing (Auxiliary or Enrolled) and many more. HWSETA will advertise for learnerships in August in national newspapers.


INSETA serves the insurance industry. Whilst it does run special projects, disability is embodied in everything INSETA does. Wherethere are gaps INSETA tries to find solutions. It also encourages companies inthe sector to take up people with disabilities and runs annual DisabilityAwards to increase awareness. This sector employs many people with disabilities and INSETA works closely with disability groups.

The Star Workplace oftencarries special advertisements from INSETA for persons with disabilities. 


This SETA is responsible for skills development across 25 industries. SERVICES SETA offers a range of projects depending on skill needs. If you are enrolled at a university or want to enrol, you can request a bursary or learnership from them.


TETA serves the Transport industry. Their learnerships cater for everyone and they will assist people with disabilities where possible. Learnerships come through companies via two types of grants. TETA works with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA) to provide funding for training. According to Dr Maisonette du Toit,the skills development facilitator for NCPPDSA, it is too late to apply forthis year, but she has applied for funding for the coming year and is waiting for that to come through.


This SETA serves the wholesale and retail industries. All learnerships funded by this SETA are open to people with disabilities. A national project is being set up through the SADisability Development Trust and ads will run in weekend newspapers and Sowetanfrom the end of April.

Pearl Makhudu, project manager, explains: "The project is a NQF level 2 learnership programme focusing on chain store and help desk operations." Only persons with a disability can apply. The criteria are: passed grade 12 (grade 11 may be considered); 18-40 years old; living in the Vaal, Jo'burg, Pretoria, Durban, EL, PE, Bloem, Welkom or Cape Town; unemployed; not already participating in a learnership; able to travel independently to the training centre and workplace; willing to undergo assessments and a creditcheck and must be SA citizen.

Submit a completed application form, proof of grades passed, proof of disability and a copy of your ID.