Manufacturing Companies grants available

The merSETA is one of 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) established Merseta pageto promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended). The 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.


The merSETA Accounting Authority wishes to announce the Discretionary Grant Funding Window for the financial year 2014/15.


Opening Date

Closing Date

Year 15 Discretionary Grant

1 May 2014

31 May 2014

The merSETA Accounting Authority has the delegated authority to determine and allocate discretionary grants for PIVOTAL

and Non PIVOTAL Programmes in the following areas:



Learnerships NQF level 2-4 ending in a trade test Lecturer Development – Industry Exposure
Learnerships Adult Education and Training (AET) Level 1 to 3
Apprenticeships Foundational Learning Competence
Recognition of Prior Learning
Skills Programmes
Experiential Learning
Public FETC Graduates
Graduate Development (Internships)
Bursaries for employed candidates
Adult Education and Training (AET) level 4

According to the merSETA 2014/15 Policy, the merSETA has reviewed and updated the Annual Performance Plan to reflect the

allocation of discretionary grants in a manner that prioritises the offering of the learning programmes that support the Sector Skills Plan.
This includes the skills required for the Government Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs).

It is important to note that discretionary grants awarded to organisations for a specific learning area during the 2014/15
finan- cial year cannot be changed to another learning area.  Only learners registered with the merSETA from the
1 January 2014 and within 60 days after signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) will be eligible for the grant.

Applications to support PIVOTAL training for People with Disabilities are especially encouraged.

For more information, refer to the merSETA Grant Policy document and the Priority Skills list, which has been extracted from
the SSP and is available on the merSETA website (   The merSETA reserves the right to prioritise
programmes that will be funded.

The discretionary grant window will be opened for electronic submissions for:

1.PIVOTAL Programmes:  merSETA Small Micro Enterprises, Non levy Paying companies and legal entities, including:

• public education and training institutions;
• employers or enterprises within the jurisdiction of the merSETA, including non-levy paying employers or enterprises as referred
to in the Skills Development Levies Act, inclusive of small and micro enterprises, Community Based Organisations (CBOs),
Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Co-operatives, and
• merSETA recognised trade unions, for the benefit of educating their members in order to strengthen skills development within their organisations.

2.For NON PIVOTAL Programmes:  all merSETA employers and legal entities as per above
Preference will be given to employers using the services of Public Institutions. Where no Public Institutions exist, the employer may use the services of an accredited private provider. Public/private partnerships are encouraged.

It is important to note that Private/Independent skills development facilitators will need to upload a signed letter of confirmation from  the employer stating that the employer agrees to the learning interventions that have been applied for during the discretionary grant year  15 submission.  The application will be automatically disqualified in the event that there is no letter signed by the employer uploaded onto the merSETA SMS system.

Discretionary Grants are allocated at the sole discretion of the merSETA depending on availability of funds and any specific
criteria approved by the Accounting Authority.