The merSETA is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) established to promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended). The 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services. MerSETA is both funding and overseeing the challenge. MerSETA is funded by levies collected from people being employed in various industries. This means that levies collected from the current generation of employees is deployed to fund the next generation of medical device engineers and innovators.