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 long-awaited review of the Seta (sector education and training authority) landscape is anticipated to take place next year.

The digital age is overtaking the world of work as we know it. “This poses challenges to governments, corporates and employees themselves as they struggle to prepare for a new way of doing business,” says Sandra Burmeister, CEO of executive search firm Amrop Landelahni.

The Department of Higher Education and Training, (DHETR), is proud to announce that a team of twenty-one young vocational Skills Ambassadors will be representing South Africa at the prestigious WorldSkills International Skills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2015.

Twenty young girls from previously disadvantaged backgrounds have been given the chance to receive on-the-job experience in a range of career choices thanks to the job readiness programme by the Coega Development Corporation.

In the second part of their conversational review of 15 years of the National Skills Development Strategy, Jim Freeman and Suzanne Hattingh reflect on the merits of the “skills revolution”, while Gill Connellan of the Association for Skills Development in South Africa adds her insights.

A partnership between the Department of Small Business Development and Eskom will see young people from Sasolburg and Port St Johns benefit from a programme which will provide mobile kiosks.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela, will this morning address the Isibalo Symposium and the Youth Enterprise Summit in Cape Town.

Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande’s recent remarks that he will not ditch the Setas when their operating licences come up for renewal calls to mind a conversation I had earlier this year with Suzanne Hattingh, one of the most respected names in skills development writes Jim Freeman.

South African youth ought to be more entrepreneurial in their employment outlook, as opposed to merely being job seekers.

South Africa is currently facing the challenge of providing both financial literacy and training to the poorest members of society to enable them to become contributors to society, be productive and build sustainable SMMEs creating further opportunity, according to the CEO of Tsebo Outsourcing Group, Clive Smith.

Much has been said about young people and their prospects for the future. As we celebrate Youth month it seems appropriate to look at some of the defining traits and characteristics of this tech- savvy generation.

Young people have been called to participate in the Youth Walk in the City of Tshwane as part of the celebrations of Youth Day.

The task of creatively telling South African stories through films can be challenging if one does not have the resources and support from government.

South Africa’s unemployment rate has risen to a 10-year high at 26.4% according to Stats SA’s latest report, with the youth accounting for more than half of this population.

“Fasset continuously seeks innovative ways to build skills within the Fasset sector. The Seta is always delighted to learn that member organisations are also innovating constantly to extend the reach and impact of their skills upliftment initiatives. Fasset was excited to hear about FedGroup’s wonderful initiative to empower a group of particularly vulnerable young South Africans through their innovative Iteke Learnership,” says Fasset CEO, Cheryl James.

President Jacob Zuma used day one of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa to discuss a mentorship scheme for South Africa’s youth.

An innovative youth employment accelerator programme aims to provide opportunities for at least 200 000 youth in the City by 2016.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says his department’s budget vote will focus on looking at how the arts, culture and heritage sector can be transformed and how it can contribute to government’s overall agenda of radical economic transformation.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande will soon release a document to start a public debate on the future of the Setas. While the structure of the Seta system might change, he was clear when speaking to the media that he does not believe the answer is to ditch the Setas.

Imsimbi Training will host a two-month free youth training programme to help young people become eligible for basic job roles.

There are currently as many as 829 800 vacant positions for high-skilled workers across a diverse spread of occupations in South Africa

The country’s leading live event technical and production training organization, the South African Roadies Association (SARA) will be hosting Africa’s first-ever Live Event Technical & Production.

The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have announced the introduction of a new ‘Construction & Engineering’ category for the prestigious annual event.

In its continued drive to close the critical skills gap within the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has offered 10 apprentice bursaries to upcoming artisans.

South Africa may have taken some time to develop its current NQF framework, but this revered structure is now sought after across Africa.

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