Theta Learning Materials

These materials were written over the last few years by writers commissioned by the Tourism Learnership Project (TLP ) as part of a learning materials development initiative to support the new qualifications produced for the tourism, hospitality and conservation sub-sectors.

The intention was to ensure that there are materials available, especially where none had existed for new areas of learning. However, they do not replace other sources of materials, particularly those which existed in some form prior to the establishment of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). They are also not intended for learners to use alone – but rather as supports for trainer, be they training in the workplace or in a more formal training setting.

With the emphasis being on outcomes, rather than the method or process of training, trainers remain free to use whatever materials they feel are useful to them. These materials, then, are only a contribution to the pool of materials available and do not assume to be definitive, nor are they prescribed by either the TLP or THETA.

We hope these materials are a useful support for the skills development work in which you are engaged.

Functions of the Department:

The skills development department is responsible for:

  • Collecting and disbursing skills development levies;
  • Developing and implementing the Sector Skills Plan;
  • Facilitating Chamber Committee operations;
  • Implementing the National Skills Development Strategy
  • Liaising with the sector
  • Monitoring and auditing skills development implementation

The Levies and Grants Section is responsible for:

  • Receiving levies from the Department of Labour
  • Administering the grant disbursement schedules
  • Receiving the Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Implementation Reports (IR)
  • Conducting administrative validation of the WSP and IR
  • Facilitating reallocation of any misallocated employers
  • Administering Change of Jurisdiction applications
  • Compiling a Skills Development Facilitators database
  • Preparing Grant Disbursement Schedules for qualifying employer organisations
  • Capturing WSP, IR, and other grants as required by THETA
  • Administering queries on levies and grants

The Chamber Co-ordinators are responsible for:

  • Sector liaison on skill development in the respective sectors.
  • Providing necessary strategic information to Chamber Committees and facilitating implementation of Chamber initiatives.
  • Supporting development of sub sector capacity building in implementing the National Skills Development Strategy.
  • Monitoring and auditing implementation of Skills Development initiatives by employers in the respective THETA sub sectors.
  • Participating in THETA committees as required by THETA management.
  • Validating WSP and Implementation Reports from the respective sub sectors.
  • Developing stakeholder databases.

THETA is responsible for developing a Sector Skills Plan (SSP), which is a four-year strategic document. The SSP represents the implementation framework for achieving the objectives and targets as set out in the National Skills Development Strategy. The first Sector Skills Plans were developed for the period 2000 – 2004. Currently THETA has begun a process of developing a SSP document for the period 2005 – 2009, this document will be aligned to the National Skills Development Objectives and Targets, which are under review.