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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.

Automation and AI will massively impact the shape of the modern workplace, and companies should see this as an opportunity to reskill employees for the digital age. The potential this has in the South African job market is significant.

In a move to help address artisan skills shortages in the wider petrochemical industry as well as high unemployment levels in the South Durban community, Engen has backed a two-year learnership programme that will provide full funding for 20 learners.

South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world (at 55.9%). SA’s working population (labour absorption rate) is also unfortunately on the decline. 

The newly launched Pace Commerce and Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation in Jabulani, Soweto, is set to address skills shortages and create a skilled labour force.

From addressing climate change to adjusting interest rates, just about every job, in every industry, is dependent on technology – and those who understand it. For this, mathematical proficiency is a crucial prerequisite.

Vuyile Ngqulunga has made significant strides to realise her ambition of becoming a “strong, independent black woman”.

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.

Amazon’s <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/working-at-amazon/upskilling-2025/upskilling...">announcement</a> that it will invest US$700 million to retrain 100,000 employees

The School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) in the Western Cape has taken the initiative to contribute to addressing South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge by providing courses that assist youth to enter the job market.

Do you have work experience but lack the qualification to back it up? Recognition of Prior Learning is an excellent way to get your expertise accredited.

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