Discretionary Grant Advertisement Window for 2024/25 Financial Year

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Discretionary Grant Advertisement Window for 2024/25 Financial Year

Dear Valued Stakeholder,

The Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) hereby invites constituent and eligible stakeholders within the MICT sub-sectors to apply for Discretionary Grant funding. This Grant is intended to meet the MICT sector needs as set out in the Sector Skills Plan (SSP), Strategic Plan and priorities outlined in the National Skills Development Plan.

The Discretionary Grant fund is intended for programmes and projects that improve the supply of qualified and competent people for scarce and critical skills and enterprise development. Finally, it is intended to provide external mentoring support and training for business owners and learners.

In this window, the MICT SETA will be allocating Discretionary Grant funding for the following learning interventions:


Programme Type Targeted Number of learners Province
Number of TVET students requiring Work Integrated Learning to complete their qualifications (TVET Placement) 1760 All provinces
Number of University students requiring Work Integrated Learning to complete their qualifications (University Placement) 754 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Learnerships 3575 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Internships 1320 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Skills Programmes 1045 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Candidacy Programmes 94 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Short Programmes (Vendor Programmes) 1045 All provinces
Number of workers enrolled for Bursary Programmes (New entries) 77 All provinces
Number of workers enrolled for Skills Programmes 198 All provinces
Number of workers enrolled for AET/CET Programmes 172 All provinces
Number of workers enrolled on RPL 120 All provinces
Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Bursary Programmes (New enrolments) 330 All provinces
Number of TVET Lecturers exposed to the industry through Skills Development Programmes 90 All provinces
Number of TVET Lecturers awarded Bursaries 80 All provinces
Number of CET College Lecturers awarded Skills Development Programmes 90 All provinces
Number of CET Learners accessing AET Programmes 80 All provinces
Number of People Trained in Entrepreneurship skills and supported to start their business 200 All provinces
Number of Trade Unions/Federations members supported through Skills Development Interventions 250 All provinces


Who can apply?

MICT SETA has been mandated, as per the amended Skills Development Act 37 of 2008, to allocate grants in the prescribed manner for skills development opportunities for all   MICT SETA Levy paying companies and constituent non-levy-paying entities owned by South Africans who meet the below criteria.

Therefore, only MICT SETA Levy paying entities and non-levying entities, whose core businesses reside within the MICT sub-sectors with the requisite capacity and legal good standing, may apply for MICT SETA funded interventions.

Given the special nature of skills development broadly and regarding SETAs specifically, the MICT SETA’s discretionary funding is applicable, in the main, to:

  • MICT SETA Levy paying companies.
  • MICT SETA Constituent SMMEs.
  • MICT SETA Constituent Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), Constituent Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Non-Profit Companies (NPCs).
  • Public Institutions, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, Public Universities, and Higher Education Institutions registered with DHET.
  • MICT SETA Constituent Trade Unions associated with the MICT SETA and/or in the MICT sector.
  • Government Departments.
  • MICT SETA Constituent Professional Bodies.
  • MCT SETA Constituent ISOE (Institute of Sectoral Excellence).
  • Constituent Associations and Employment Hubs.
  • Non-Levy paying companies with no less than 51 % South African Ownership or Shareholding.

Preference will be given to the stakeholders who have successfully implemented MICT SETA-funded learning programme successfully within the MICT Subsector. Programmes addressing the MICT SETA Priority occupation list and new qualifications responding to future skills.

Stakeholders who applied during any previous DG window are welcome to apply during this window of funding irrespective of the outcome of their previous application.

The MICT SETA will not award funding for:

  • Projects that have already commenced prior to the approval of the application.
  • Set-up costs, e.g., start-up costs.
  • Capital expenditure, e.g., building costs, equipment such as computers, etc.
  • Existing operating expenses e.g., salaries of current employees who will undergo training.
  • Organisational policy development.
  • Blacklisted and Deregistered entities
  • Entities that defaulted to pay learner stipends.
  • Entities that have failed to place learners in the workplace.
  • Interventions that result only in “awareness” for participants.
  • Training of learners that are currently funded through other programmes.
  • Stakeholders who submit fraudulent compliance documents.
  • NSFAS bursary beneficiaries
  • Non-levy paying entities that are 100% owned by non-RSA Citizens.

Application Process

          – How to register on MICT SETA LMS

          – How  to create LOI submission 

          – Begin LOI submission

          – Add company Director details

          – Add an Intervention

          – Complete the summary section

  • Late, manual, and emailed applications will not be accepted/considered.
  • Submission deadline will not be extended.

Mandatory compliance documents must be uploaded online.

For your application to be evaluated for this Discretionary Grant, the following mandatory supporting documents must be uploaded on our system:

  • Proof of company registration (e.g., CIPC documents for companies; Proof of registration from Social Development for NPOs)
  • Products and services of the company (Preferably company profile).
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • Commitment to employ learners upon completion of the learning programme applied for (SMMEs exempted).
  • CSD report (CSD registration report with tax compliance status and verified banking details, not CSD Registration Summary Report).
  • Company shares certificate(s) (not shares register or shareholding confirmations)
  • List of learning programmes implemented by the company in the past (if the company has not implemented any learning programme, an indication needs to be made on a signed company letterhead).
  • A declaration of interest from Directors for possible relationships with Board members and management of the MICT SETA (On a signed company letterhead).
  • Large and Medium companies must provide a proof of 6% spent of the leviable amount on skills development.

NB: In a case where one of the above required documents is not applicable to your line of business or operations, stakeholder may submit an affidavit, signed by a commissioner of oath.

Failure to submit any of the above listed documents will result in the disqualification of the application.

NB: The allocation of Discretionary Grant is at the sole discretion of the MICT SETA.

The application window closes on 30 September 2023 at 00:00 a.m. (midnight). All queries must be directed to an email  DGqueries@mict.org.za.

Please note: If you have not heard from us within four (4) months after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.