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.

South Africa has come a long way since the first democratic elections in 1994, but in the field of education, many inequalities still remain.

Taking surplus funds from the SETA levy to plug the tertiary funding hole is ill advised.

Skills development and training is sorely needed to advance South Africa’s people.

As youth day approaches, we are once again reminded that the country’s economic future is heavily dependent on the employment fortunes of our youth.

In the spirit of youth month we look at some of the services and opportunities available to young people.

CiTi seeks to combine its Skills Development programmes with its Innovation clusters to boost entrepreneurship in the education technology sector.

Emerging leaders at the UCT Graduate School of Business speak out on the role of youth in developing the African continent.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre will again commemorate Youth Day with a special Youth Day programme. It is the third year running that the centre will be hosting youth from Cape Town.

By the time you’re 40 you’ve learned a few things about life, about goals and reaching them, about responsibilities and taking them. You still have your dreams, but you’re no longer naïve.

Through sacrifice, hard work, education and entrepreneurship, the youth will be able to move South Africa forward, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Companies that are obliged by law to contribute to the country’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) through paying the mandatory Skills Development Levy will find a number of important benefits if they include learnerships in their annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).

Workplace readiness can often be a major challenge for first-time entrants into the workplace.

Imsimbi Training will commence its next intake for the two-month job readiness programme to help young people become eligible for job roles.

One of six children born to poor but loving parents in the town of Mokopane in rural Limpopo, John Rammutla knows what it’s like to grow up in difficult circumstances – but has never allowed this to hold him back.

The amendments to the Skills Development Act have had far reaching consequences for training institutions, employees that seek to develop their skills, and the companies that employ them.

About 100 youth from the Msawawa informal settlement in Kya Sands are to benefit from computer, catering, sewing, beading and art skills development classes.

Skills or the lack thereof is an important issue in South Africa especially in the current economy.

The Beaufort West Youth Hub, a mix of facilities providing holistic development of young people, is a place where youths can empower themselves, says President Jacob Zuma.

RPL is a process of identifying your knowledge and skills against a qualification or part thereof. The process involves the identification, mediation, assessment an acknowledgement and skills obtained through informal, non-formal and /or formal learning.

Standing on the bridge of a vessel more than ten years ago, Vivian Lackay dreamed of becoming a Skipper. The member of Sea Harvest’s sea-going crew, who grew up in Robertson in the Western Cape, joined the company in 2004.

A call for transformation in the live events technical and production sector in South Africa.

Does your business want to support the implementation of learnerships in the country? Find out how you can contribute towards up-skilling the local labour market.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has shortened their Basic Training Learning Programme (BTLP) from 24 months to an intensive eight months.

The Wholesale and Retail SETA is closing the skills gap of middle management in the sector.

More than 100 informal traders have been empowered with skills to run their businesses efficiently and manage their finances.

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