1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

Establishment, Constitution and Membership of Botswana Training Authority

   3.   Establishment of Botswana Training Authority

   4.   Principal objectives of Authority

   5.   Establishment of Board

   6.   Disqualification for appointment as a Board member

   7.   Vacation of office

   8.   Filling of vacancies

   9.   Payment of members

Meetings and Proceedings of the Board

   10.   Meetings of Board

   11.   Declaration of interest by members

   12.   Validity of acts or proceedings

   13.   Signification of documents

   14.   Power to delegate

   15.   Committees

   16.   Appointment of officers and employees

Functions, Powers and Duties of Authority

   17.   Functions and powers of Authority

   18.   Directions by Minister

   19.   Power to require information

   20.   Botswana National Vocational Qualifications Framework

Vocational Training Fund and Financial Provisions

   21.   Vocational Training Fund

   22.   Funds of the Board

   23.   Powers to borrow money

   24.   Imposition of training levy

   25.   Evasion of levy


   26.   Symbol or design of Authority

   27.   Issue of certificates

   28.   Annual Report

   29.   Protection from personal liability

   30.   Penalties

   31.   Power to make Regulations

   32.   Transitional provision

   33.   Savings

Act 22, 1998,
Act 4, 2012.

An Act to provide for the integration and promotion of vocational training and for matters connected or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 4 January 2000]

Preliminary (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Vocational Training Act.

2.   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "apprentice" means an employee bound by a contract of apprenticeship;

   "Authority" means the Botswana Training Authority established under section 3;

   "Board" means the Board of the Authority established under section 5;

   "Chief Executive Officer" means the chief executive officer of the Authority appointed under section 16;

   "equivalences of vocational qualifications" means the same value of awards among various qualifications within the vocational training system being developed;

   "Framework" means the Botswana National Vocational Qualifications Framework established under section 20;

   "Fund" means the Vocational Training Fund established under section 21;

   "levy" means a training levy imposed under section 24;

   "national internship programme" means a programme which provides opportunities for experiential training by employers for graduate interns for a period of time specified by the Minister;

   "retooling" means to retrain and re-organise for the purposes of updating and improving skills;

   "technician level" means a training level leading to qualifications higher than those specified in the Framework under section 20;

   "trainees" means employees enrolled in and undergoing an approved programme in vocational training;

   "training institution" means a private or public centre, organisation, employer or person, providing vocational training; and

   "vocational training" means provision of skills, knowledge and attitudes up to certain specified levels of qualification below the technician level.

   (2) For the purposes of section 21 of the Act, the national internship programme and retooling shall be deemed to be vocational training.

Establishment, Constitution and Membership
of Botswana Training Authority
(ss 3-9)

3.   Establishment of Botswana Training Authority

   There is hereby established a training authority to be known as the Botswana Training Authority which shall be a body corporate with a common seal, capable of suing and being sued and subject to the provisions of this Act, of performing such acts as bodies corporate may, by law, perform.

4.   Principal objectives of Authority

   The principal objectives of the Authority shall be to-

   (a)   co-ordinate vocational training activities in order to achieve better integration and harmonisation of the vocational training system being developed;

   (b)   monitor and evaluate the performance of the vocational training system being developed in order to ensure the successful performance of all training activities; and

   (c)   advise on policy related issues of vocational training.

5.   Establishment of Board

   (1) There is hereby established a Board to exercise the powers and functions of the Authority which shall be composed of twenty members consisting of-

   (a)   one person appointed by the Minister, subject to subsection (2), as the chairperson of the Board;

   (b)   six persons appointed by the Minister representing the Government;

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