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Bridging programmes

Fasset has adopted a pipeline approach to funding. The pipeline approach seeks to identify the education and training value chain of people who want to enter into the sector or who are progressing up the value chain within the sector.

To facilitate skills development, transformation and social upliftment in the sector in pursuance of NSDS Targets Fasset funds programmes that meet specific criteria in this regard, by utilising unclaimed grant money. Fasset's Board earmarks, on an annual basis, areas of high skills need within the sector, based on the Sector Skills Plan and other research. Strategic project interventions are identified and public tenders are advertised annually in this regard. All new projects are approved by the Board procurement Committee (BPC). All Bridging Programmes are geared towards addressing the poor demographic profile within the sector, and all are therefore in line with the NSDS targets. All tenders are advertised on the Fasset Tender Notices page, in the Government Gazette, the National Treasury ePortal and on the government tender board website (http://www.info.gov.za/documents/tenders/index.htm). Potential service providers are advised to regularly check these public sources of information for new and updated information.

Please see the list below of the projects that are currently running.

  • Employers interested in accessing Bridging Programme graduates should contact the Fasset Projects Department on 011 476 8570.
  • Learners wishing to participate in funded projects must check when these projects are recruiting and must apply directly to the project providers via the links provided below.
Click here to download the full list of bridging programmes

Bridging Programmes for 2016/17 includes:

1. Academic Bridging Programmes (PIVOTAL and NON-PIVOTAL) that lead to academic and/or professional body qualifications/designations
This enables Fasset to partner with public providers from Universities and Universities of Technology registered with DHET; and Professional Bodies in the Fasset sector to ensure that learners obtain formal qualifications that will enhance their chances of securing learnerships, internships or full time employment in the broader economy including in the Fasset sector.

The outcome of this intervention is that learners will have progressed from one academic level to the next; or obtained a qualification and/or a designation, or will have been placed onto learnerships, internships or in full time employment and that Fasset would have formed stronger partnerships with public providers and professional bodies.

2. Bridging programmes for access into employment
These PIVOTAL bridging programmes enable Fasset to partner with private and/or public providers to identify young graduates who have already completed qualifications and who are currently within the NEET numbers, to secure a place on learnerships, internships or to find full time employment.

The outcome of this intervention is to ensure that learners who have already embarked on the education and training pipeline are not lost to the sector and that the investment that has already been made in these young people is not lost to the sector and/or to the economy as a whole. It will ensure that by plugging the gap in the pipeline, the sector is able to access the existing pool of young people who are out there and have proved that they are capable of contributing to the sector sooner rather than later.

3. Bursaries
This will enable Fasset to partner with public providers from Universities and Universities of Technology registered with DHET to ensure that learners are fully bursared in order to obtain formal qualifications that will ultimately enhance their chances of securing learnerships, internships or full time employment in the broader economy including in the Fasset sector.

Fasset is currently in the process of establishing the parameters to issue bursaries to the “Missing Middle” as from January 2017 and is working with Universities and Universities of Technology registered with DHET to finalise.

4. Financial support for learners in the sector with student loans:#NSFAS Loan Repayment Grant
This enables Fasset to identify young learners who have already completed a qualification aligned to scarce skills within the sector and are being hampered in achieving their full potential due to the financial burden that they are carrying.

The outcome of this intervention is that learners will be relieved of their financial burden, will be able to complete their learnerships without having to change jobs just for higher salaries to pay off their loans AND re-inject additional funding into the NSFAS pool which will enable additional learners to have access to full time study opportunities. In other words this intervention will have a double benefit to the post schooling system in that the Fasset sector will be able to access learners who are not as financially burdened as they were previously whilst also offering opportunities to new learners who are seeking to enter the higher education and training area who are financially constrained.


  • Only African Black learners who are South African citizens, by birth or became a South African citizen before 27 April 1994, with a valid South African identity document may apply or be put forward for the grant.
  • Learners must have completed at least a three-year qualification that is aligned to a scarce skill within the Fasset sector.
  • This grant is applicable to: Learners who are in full-time employment, on or completing a learnership programme in 2016, with an employer whose levy number falls into the Fasset Seta.
  • Learners who are currently in their second or third year of a learnership and, who are claiming this grant for the first time, will be eligible to apply for all previous years of the learnership already completed.


Only specific qualifications and learnership programmes are eligible for this grant. These are described below.

For qualifications, the following is applicable:

  • The course completed must relate to a scarce skill in the Fasset sector.
  • An official transcript or certificate showing successful qualification completion, must accompany each application.

For learnership programmes, the following is applicable:

  • The learnership may be registered with Fasset or with another Seta (as defined in the Skills Development Act 97 of 2000 as amended).
  • An official confirmation letter of the registered learner should be attached to the application in the case of a registered learner i.e. a learner letter of commencement.
  • The learnership programme must not be less than 12 months, on a full-time basis.