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Skills Development

Skills Development in South Africa is governed under the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998, which has subsequently been amended a number of times. The national government's Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for managing and developing all higher education and skills development training. The current Minister is Dr Blade Nzimande.

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As the manufacturing world continues to evolve to meet new challenges, there’s a step-change in innovation for the products and services that are delivered and supported. Many industry insiders are expressing the need for a focus on driving sustainable (and profitable) business growth. Deloitte suggests digital investment and supply chain resilience as the key pillars. 

Avesh Singh, head of TransUnion’s South Africa Global Capability Centre (GCC)

Of all the records South Africa holds, the most unwanted must be the fact that our unemployment rate is now the highest in the world. The official statistics say the unemployment rate, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 44.4% in the second quarter of 2021. The reality for our youth is even worse than that, with some estimates suggesting as many as three in every four young people are jobless.

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Skills Development Levy (SDL) is a levy imposed to encourage learning and development in South Africa and is determined by an employer's salary bill. The funds are paid to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and are to be used to develop and improve skills of employees.

EMSS Teachers undergoing Phase 1 of the Engen training and development programme

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. 

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The global pandemic has disrupted all aspects of life, and across the world people have relied heavily and ever-increasingly on technology and digital tools to strive for continuity in education, work, and relationships. 

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Skills That Are In Demand In South Africa

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As more and more jobs are being eliminated due to the automation of industries, it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to acquire skills that are in demand. If you are not skilled enough with a certain skill set, you will not be qualified for any of the available jobs. This can lead to unemployment.
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Amid the global pandemic there is an increased demand for working individuals to upskill within their field. Why? This is necessary to improve chances of promotion, to remain relevant in a changed working world, and to avoid retrenchment brought about by a downturn in the economy.

Many organisations face unparalleled operational challenges that stem from a lack of productive and engaging employee learning practices that could be increasing ROI.

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