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 Department of Higher Education and Training is currently in a consultation process on the changes that Minister Nzimande has proposed to the existing SETA landscape and for the next NSDS (iv).

Standard Bank has signed an industry partner agreement with the international Digital Skills Academy, in line with the bank’s strategy to step up its digital transformation and digital innovation capabilities.

SAP Africa today announced the successful graduation of all 75 South African students from its SAP Skills for Africa job creation initiative.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has warned job seekers of a fake traffic officer learnership advert that is doing rounds on social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

No matter how or why money is being spent, the outlay of funds is always accompanied by an expectation of return on investment (ROI).

Henry Ford, American industrialist, the founder of Ford Motor Company emphatically believed in the continuous journey of learning. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

MTN Group to fast-track digital development through Digital Skills Academy programmes.

Government will in the New Year introduce a new qualification for traffic officers which will be equivalent to a national diploma.

Scams continue to plague the education sector and students have been warned to steer clear of false opportunities.

A partnership between the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and National Skills Fund (NSF) is helping to equip offenders with skills.

The South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) is responsible for the quality control of education and training quality throughout South Africa, within in National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Access to tertiary education and vocational training remain the important levers to building a skilled workforce. An employed skilled workforce can fuel growth and help expand the middle class.

The government has called for public comments on its proposals for the future of the skills development system, and the 21 Setas that promote skills training in the workplace.

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working on Fire (WoF) programme has created a total of 13 660 jobs in the past three years.

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi is to host a craft imbizo to discuss opportunities available in the arts, culture and heritage sector.

Government’s calls for South African youth to start up their own businesses, especially against the backdrop of a sluggish economy and the high unemployment rate, have started bearing fruit.

Filling skills gaps has long been the priority of government and industry but is this really the best way to alleviate unemployment?

The value of learnerships is that they assist in creating jobs. As the SETA programmes have developed over the years, more hidden benefits in the triangular relationship between the employer, the project manager and the learner, have become apparent.

Call for entries from young South Africans wanting to study towards a Master’s degree and do an internship in Japan.

A Youth Build programme involving 100 unemployed rural youth from Taung and surrounding villages are being trained in plumbing and welding.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development and Administration, Buti Manamela, has announced the expansion of the Task Team of the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP)

Changing skills grant regulations will provide a catalyst to develop skills required by industry, argues Mustak Ally.

The Wholesale and Retail SETA (W&RSETA) marks 15 years of providing skills in South Africa.

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

Skills development has been acknowledged as one of the most important elements to drive economic growth in South Africa.


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