HWSETA Urges Caution When Enrolling at Private Training Institutions

The South African Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) on a daily basis receive reports of students that have been the victims of unscrupulous training providers. Whilst this is a national problem, the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) is currently very concerned about the actions of several unscrupulous training or skills development providers operating in Kwa-Zulu Natal that claim to have the necessary accreditation from the HWSETA. These organisations have been reported to the relevant law enforcement agencies.

Investigations by the HWSETA following reports by stakeholders have identified the following more common issues: false claims that the training facility is accredited with the HWSETA; offering courses for which the facility does not have accreditation; exceeding enrolment capacity; as well as the issuing of fraudulent certificates.

“Parents and learners are urged to contact the HWSETA before enrolling with any private training institution that claims to be accredited by the HWSETA,” comments Ms Yvonne Mbane, CEO for the HWSETA, “even if the provider in question makes use of the HWSETA logo in marketing materials.”

The accreditation status of a training provider and/or the courses it offers can be confirmed by calling the HWSETA’s toll free helpline on 0800 864 478. Alternatively, contact the HWSETA in KZN on 031 202 5972/3.

It needs to be noted that the HWSETA has no jurisdiction over any nursing qualifications as they fall within the ambit of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) that can be contacted on 012 420 1075.

“As the HWSETA, we are mandated to protect the rights of learners in this country and we encourage stakeholders to contact us on our toll free helpline if they have any queries or concerns.” concludes Ms Mbane.