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.

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund has invited unemployed young people to register on its online information portal and compile profiles that could become their passport to employment opportunities.

A learnership contract is entered into between the learner, the training provider and the employer.

Grants from Setas and tax incentives are available to companies to encourage them to take on learners on learnerships.

The assessment system used for a learnership should serve to promote quality training and give awards for achieved competencies.

Learnerships are defined by a number of key principles.

Learnerships are based on outcomes and include both theory and practice.

A number of issues have to be addressed prior to implementation of Learnerships.

Setas approve learnerships but before that a number of development stages have to be completed when learnerships are developed.

A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.

In his 'Opinion 8' column Alan Hammond takes a look at the coverage Setas get in the mainstream media and expresses his opinion that Seta-bashing will soon reach the status of national sport.

The acronym stands for 'Sector Education and Training Authority' and there are 25 such organisations, each representing one section of the economy. The Seta is tasked with distributing the money that is raised from Skills Levies back to their sector, developing learning programmes that are relevant for their sector and maintaining the highest standards of training.

A learnership is a work-based route to a qualiication.

The role of Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) has been devised for the person acts as the liason between the company and the Seta.

Confused by all the 3 letter acronyms? We've published a guide to the help translate the acronym-speak you will hear from skills professionals!

The term ABET refers to Adult Basic Education and Training. Abet refers to education up to the equivalent of grade 9 (standard 7). Both literacy and numeracy are included in Abet.

Performance against targets
Ability to marshal support and commitment of the Seta's sector
Knowledge of their sector's education and training needs
Representation and communication
Viability and long term sustainability
Efficient financial management
Excerpt from speech by Advocate Rams Ramashia to Foodbev Seta