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 Clover Mama Afrika corporate social investment (CSI) project, which supports and upskills female community leaders nationwide, is the worthy winner of the 2017 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award.

More employers are placing emphasis on the importance of workplace learning – a powerful tool that empowers the workforce, improves the bottom-line and bodes well for the country’s economy.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has vowed to continue prioritising youth development and contribute towards identifying and implementing lasting solutions to address youth challenges.

The digital transformation continues to change the way we work – and one of the most commonly known ways is through automation.

South African youth are unaware of the job opportunities available in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs).

As the class of 2017 prepares to enter the workforce after 12-years of schooling, more emphasis should be placed on on-the-job training as a valuable, alternative post-matric study option.

The Tshepo 1 Million programme has ushered in a season of hope for the youth of Gauteng, with over 473 000 young people having benefitted to date.

Cabinet has approved the Public Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme Framework.

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi has reassured community development workers (CDWs) that government is committed to skilling them in order to effectively serve the people.

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With South Africa’s unemployment rate at an all-time high, Learnerships are necessary to help build a competent workforce as well as the key to boosting an organisation’s B-BBEE levels in the process.

The skills deficit in South Africa needs to be addressed to boost employment and tackle income inequality says CIMA.

The purpose of skills development is to facilitate access to, mobility and progression within career paths through high quality education and training.

The African Leadership University ALU and GE Africa announced today the launch of the ALU Africa Industrial Internet Program.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says young people need to be given an enabling environment in order to access employment opportunities.

Why Skills Development Matters

South Africa contributes a large portion of its national budget towards education and skills development. Let's take a look at why that is and why training is so important.

Absa has collaborated with Lulaway to train 4 000 youth on the Absa ‘ReadytoWork’ programme and place 2 000 of these young people in employment.

Learnerships raise the skills base in key economic sectors and reduce unemployment driven by a shortage of skills, yet many employers ignore them in spite of significant tax incentives.

Sometimes we get lost in the flood of negative news, but here we have evidence of people working towards their delivery mandate: to provide focused skills development initiatives to women, people with disabilities, youth, rural and township communities, and military veterans. The CETA Annual Report provides evidence that it is possible to deliver and achieve a clean audit in the process. A worthy legacy for ex DHET Minister Nzimande. 

The 2017 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI)* found that 80% of South African students feel that their degree sufficiently prepares them for their chosen profession.

The critical skills gap that exists in South Africa is a growing concern for many industries. One would assume, to combat this concerning lack of critical skills, employers would be investing more in learning and development (L&D). However, according to the annual Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report, the opposite is true.

For the second year running, Otis Southern Africa has awarded its top mechanic for expertise in product and safety aptitude and ability.

The National Skills Authority (NSA) has prepared a video explaining their mandate, and how the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) under Minister Nzimande has worked to improve the contribution 

The City of Cape Town, Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College recently launched a multi-million rand skills development programme for 91 residents from Blikkiesdorp who will receive construction industry training at False Bay TVET College in Westlake.

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