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.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday, 26 August 2017, lead a Youth Development and Career Expo in the Western Cape.

Building techniques to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and growing professional development is of national importance for South African employers.

Exploring the important role that learnerships play in combatting unemployment and assisting the youth in furthering their future.

South Africa is experiencing an unprecedented crisis in youth unemployment. According to Statistics South Africa, 55% of 15 to 24 year olds are currently unemployed – a percentage that has been increasing steadily since 2008.

Columba Leadership and M4JAM have created a scalable business model that aims to drive employment, education, and sustainable community development. The partnership addresses two of the most urgent challenges facing young South Africans: education and employment.

Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola has encouraged learners to take on careers in the energy sector.

In an ever-changing, developing world, workplace learning should be fast-tracked to up-skill and develop staff to ensure employees remain knowledgeable and informed in key industries.

Over 200 unemployed youth in the Eastern Cape’s Alfred Nzo District Municipality have been armed with construction skills.

South Africa’s youth who gathered in the North West province for this year's Youth Month celebrations on Friday have supported the call by President Jacob Zuma to place education at the forefront of their lives.

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It is no secret that South African youth are facing massive challenges in terms of their education, employment, and career growth. According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017 from 26.5% in the previous period.

Just five years ago the annual Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Youth Survey highlighted a society that was upbeat about the future and their career prospects.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has urged the private sector to employ young graduates.

While youth unemployment remains a challenge that faces South Africa and many parts of the world, young people are encouraged to consider volunteering their time to acquire more skills and help reshape the country.

The second half of the academic year gets underway in just a few weeks and matrics are encouraged to shift their thinking from obtaining a formal tertiary education to vocational training, a valuable and beneficial post-matric study option, which guarantees employment.

The proposed amendments to the regulations on the SETA workplace based learning programme have been released.

In the report called “The Future of Jobs”, The World Economic Forum identified 10 uniquely human skills, workers will need to acquire by 2020 or they might find their jobs replaced by automation. 

As a response to the skills demand in the country 776 students from rural areas were trained to become qualified teachers.

It is a well-known fact that there is a serious skills shortage in South Africa and in an attempt to combat this, Samsung South Africa provides various programmes set up to address this need.

In the run up to Workers Day, commemorated annually on May 1st as a celebration of South African workers and the contributions they make toward the well being of the country, Manpower South Africa analyses the importance of implementing a feasible solution to the high unemployment rate in South Africa, particularly amongst the youth.

With 50.9 percent of the country’s youth unemployed more focus should be placed on how youth can enter the job market without a formal tertiary qualification to contribute positively to the country’s economy.

The retail banking industry is in flux. So, what skill sets are needed to staff the retail banking workplace, and how can leaders put their teams in the best position to succeed?

Educational institutions in South Africa and across the globe are lagging behind in equipping learners with the skills they will require to be employable in the coming years.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has urged veteran social workers within the department to mentor new social worker recruits and play an active role in the communities they serve.

The skills development sector can seem like a maize with many professionals getting lost in the mire of professional boards, authorities and representative organisations.


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