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.

Pivotal grant funding and the trend of most companies building graduate programme into their recruitment processes has increased awareness, but perhaps not understanding of or buy-in to, work readiness.

Ringier Africa rolls out an internship programme with Africa Leadership University.

Newly elected councillors will receive training on government’s Back to Basics programme to ensure they serve their community efficiently.

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

The initiative aims to bridge the divide between education and the world of work.

The 2016 local government elections have come and gone, and it is clear that there is demand for effective, responsible and ethical service delivery. JIM FREEMAN reports that this need is being fulfilled increasingly within the skills development environment in the Southern Cape.

In 2012, EOH launched its Youth Job Creation Initiative with the aim to stimulate job creation in South Africa.

The Business Dictionary defines a ‘professional body’ as a; “Trade association of an organised profession that certifies successful completion of its requirements, and thereupon awards a license and bestows a recognised appellation (designation).

The City of Johannesburg and Microsoft South Africa have joined forces to train one million disadvantaged residents, free, on digital skills and literacy over a period of five-years. This free digital training will commence in August 2016.

Many graduates approach the “new chapter in their career” with enthusiasm as trainees and clerks in the accountancy profession, but are often shocked when they encounter the reality and challenges of applying their “knowledge” in practice.

The lives of thousands of young job seekers in Gauteng, who registered for job opportunities at the Kliptown Job Centre, have been turned around.

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, the integrated communications agency for the digital age, has opened the 2017 applications for o25, its annual talent pipeline programme.

There are many opportunities for South Africans to find work, especially for those willing to consider a move outside the country. And one company is looking to create up to 25 000 new jobs for those willing to travel.

The youth of Khunwana village, in the North West, are set to be trained in housing construction skills that will change their lives, says North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

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).

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