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.

About 160 000 unemployed youth in KwaZulu-Natal are set to benefit from an investment of R7.9 billion in new training programmes.

South Africa cannot deliver effectively in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) if there’s no digital inclusion, says Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Learnerships combine learning programmes with on the job learning and training. On the job training is supported by structured or institutional learning. 

South African skills development is expected to benefit from a cash injection by the German backed enterprise known as the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA).

Correctional Services has welcomed 905 youths enlisted in for the department’s 2019 Learnership Programme.

Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana says government has a long-term vision to partly address the cybersecurity skills shortage in the country.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his maiden State of the Nation Address, urged “professional bodies and regulatory authorities to take action against members who are found to have acted improperly and unethically.”

If you are in the training and development space, you will have heard the terms priority, scarce and critical skills.

Every successful employer knows this. One of the keys to running a successful and profitable business is having the right people, with the right skills in the right jobs.

The 1% skills development levy is a key funding mechanism originally intended to fund learnerships and recognised occupational qualifications for South African business.


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