The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, known as the [“MICT SETA”], was established in terms of the skills development act of 1998 and is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors and their subsectors. The MICT sector comprises of 160 Large companies, 342 Medium companies and 2,785 Small levy-paying companies. The number of employees in the MICT Sector in 2011 was estimated at 182,433. Large companies employ 109,972, Medium companies employ 28,977 and small companies employ 43,484.
Our Sector Skills Plan (SSP) document indicates that by March 2014, there will be demand for some 6 281 potential vacancies in the MICT sector. The SSP document further indicates that the Advertising Subsector sees the route of continuing professional development (conferences, seminars, short courses) over and above the alternative options as the means to acquiring personnel with the required skills. The Electronic Media and Film, Electronics and Information Technology Subsectors indicate that the personnel they will require will need to have degrees, diplomas or certificates to be of the required standard for their businesses. The Telecommunications Subsector on the other hand sees that the personnel they will require will need technical programmes and qualifications. Overall across the MICT Sector, the sector anticipates employment growing by some 3.4% over the next 3 years if these skills become available. This is equivalent to a compound annual growth rate of 1.1% per year, with the Information Technology Subsector being anticipated to be the fastest growing subsector, with a compound annual growth rate for employment of 1.5% per year.
The MICT Seta intends to engage in learning programmes that lead to employment and new venture creation, whilst at the same time engaging in programmes that assist in bridging the digital divide especially in rural areas.