Mark Orpen

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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
between
the ages of 18 and 24 years old do not have access to tertiary education at
present.


Increasing the number of skilled South Africans requires skilled education
and training practitioners to deliver the training and conduct assessments.
But do we have enough trained trainers? IPD's Mark Orpen tells us that his
company is working with the ETDP Seta to conduct an industry-wide gap
analysis.


Since 2000 the National Sills Development Strategy has gathered R42 billion in skills development levies to be allocated for training projects. Yet there are only 98 education and training practices (ETD) professionals registered up to NQF level 5. A new initiative is attempting to address this shortage.

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