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. Learnerships are a key component of the skills development drive. With a Learnership the learner can gain a national qualification without having to pay study fees. The current Minister responsible for skills development is Dr Blade Nzimande.

Unemployment has always been a major challenge faced in South Africa and many have suggested that the reason behind the country’s constant high unemployment figures is the lack of skills needed to do jobs that are in high demand.

Rapid digital transformation is underway in South Africa's healthcare sector.  With a vision of improving access and enhancing patient care, supporting healthcare practitioners and saving costs, the country's healthcare providers are reshaping the patient journey and laying the digital foundations for the future.

Currently, there are at least 76 million domestic workers across the globe, who make up a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers.

In South Africa’s tough job market, experience is an essential item on any CV. Internships are a great way to get practical work experience that will fill up your CV and teach you how to behave in a real workplace. We've got 4 tips for you to make sure your internship is a success.

The industry organisation that promotes skills development in the country's workplaces is concerned about changes to the control over First Aid training providers. They have released a detailed position paper to explain their concerns, and their proposals for a solution to the problem.

Developing a colleague who is appointed as an intern is serious business. This is certainly not an errand-girl or errand-boy to be treated with disdain and humiliated. 

One hundred persons with disabilities and their families are set to benefit from Engen’s R848 680 donation to the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) over the next three years.


The education department has announced that schools cannot make new education assistant appointments. As this phase of the youth employment initiative concludes, Skills Portal spoke to three individuals who participated in the programme to find out how it impacted their lives.


Youth Day in South Africa is a time when we reflect on how far we’ve come as a country and the challenges we face. There’s no doubt that there have been big advances in South Africa. At the dawn of democracy in 1994, 58% of public-school learners in Grade 12 passed matric, while in 2021 that figure was 76.4%.

Soft skills are the personality traits that allow us to make friends and get things done, both at work and in life. These skills range from being a good listener to managing our time effectively.

A quick search online will turn up dozens of lists and articles with different definitions for soft skills, with many overlapping areas. But that's the beauty of soft skills - no matter where you are in your career, you can use them to propel yourself forward in your professional life.

The workplace is not what it once was. The pandemic accelerated shifts that were already gaining traction and, today, working environments are defined by increasingly hybrid arrangements, greater mobility and non-linear career shifts. Of course, these changes are also being accompanied by accelerated digital transformation and the rise of automation.

A lot of us fail to see the importance of investing in our personal development. This is why many people are stuck with a job they hate and settling for a lifestyle that is far from being ideal.

The world has moved online. Everything we used to do in person can now be done from the comfort of your own home via the internet at a time that suits you. 


Learning something new can often be a daunting task for many, however, the skills you could acquire could quite literally change your life. 

The Management Essentials for New Managers short skills programme has been carefully designed to equip your managers with the skills to face management challenges and opportunities. It aims to empower your managers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage and motivate their teams and thus produce fantastic results (especially in a hybrid workplace). 

Every CEO, team leader, HR manager and L&D specialist, no matter the industry, wants to ensure the courses they develop to upskill and reskill their employees will not only keep them engaged and riveted, but also serve its objective of ensuring the right skills are learned and applied in their organisation.

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.

On 8 March every year, women's groups around the world mark International Women's Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Personal development and employee training are always viewed as a beneficial investment. No matter if you work for yourself or for someone else, you need to hone your skills and develop as an individual.





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