Skills Development


Key skills include digital literacy, problem solving, adaptability, critical thinking and being able to communicate effectively. While many of these essential skills which are touted for the future of work can be studied for, some are learned – and sometimes the long and arduous way.

A Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) assists the Employer in drafting an Annual Training Report (ATR) on the implementation of the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP). This is only naming one, of a few, of the SDF’s responsibilities.

Though the terms are close cousins, there are significant differences between upskilling and reskilling in the corporate world, and it's crucial to set them apart when developing your online training and e-learning programmes as they have unique objectives.

Evolving technology and the impacts of Covid-19 have resulted in workplaces that are changing faster than ever. To keep pace with the rapid advances in the workplace and avoid skills shortages, almost half of employees will need to be reskilled with critical skills by 2025.

Engen, in partnership with Leap Africa, is upskilling its Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) teachers to prepare them for our rapidly evolving digital world. 

The age of rapid upskilling, reskilling and internal mobility is here. Never before have organisations across the globe seen such rapid acceleration of automation and economic uncertainty, as in the time post covid. 

Minister Blade Nzimande has announced what he called a 'huge decline' in skills development levies which are used to fund the Sector Education and Training Authorities.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande will soon release a document to start a public debate on the future of the Setas. While the structure of the Seta system might change, he was clear when speaking to the media that he does not believe the answer is to ditch the Setas.

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business is launching a new
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice to overcome the lack of qualified and
skilled middle managers which is aggravating Africa?s already turbulent economy

What does it take to develop skills and create a long-term job creation plan? A
by consulting firm Hatch Goba uncovers some of the challenges encountered on the
path to uplifting staff.

African countries face a formidable challenge in obtaining the skilled resources
needed to develop infrastructure, drive economic growth and reduce

Twenty years, a few white papers, green papers, SETA?s and NQF?s down the
line, how much have we really evolved in skills development in South Africa
asks David Loubser.

How have the revised BEE codes affected business? Tarryn Mason
discusses the best way to maximise points on the Skills Development element
of the triple-BEE scorecard.

South Africa suffers a critical skills shortage despite its high unemployment
rate and a new innovation-driven mindset about skills development will be
imperative to realise the goals of the National Development Plan.

Much debate has surrounded the effects on businesses with the
implementation of the revised B-BBEE codes. Companies have been given one
year to realign their B-BBEE strategies, before they are assessed on the
revised codes.

The Decade of the Artisan programme, launched by the Department of Higher
Education and Training aims to place artisanship as a career of choice for
young people, with the goal of producing 30 000 artisans annually.

In 2012, South Africa had more than 829 000 skilled-employee vacancies in
the private sector. The driving force behind this statistic is that employers are
increasingly looking to hire employees who already possess the relevant

The national plan for higher education in South Africa is to increase
participation to 20%, hinting to the fact that at least 80% of the youth
the ages of 18 and 24 years old do not have access to tertiary education at

If there is a single truism about skills development in South Africa, it is that
government (through the Department of Higher Education and Training) and
the business sector have wildly divergent views on how it should be
conducted, writes Jim Freeman.

To maintain their levels of BEE compliance, executives need to sit down at the
boardroom table and thrash out what their priorities are for the present, mid-
and long-term.