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 Letsema and Kuyasa Learneship flagship programmes for 2015 boast an achievement of 21 distinctions obtained by the class of 2015.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has placed the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) under administration.

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is undertaking to educate SMMEs in completing tender documents which will go a long way in creating sustainable enterprises.

Skills development initiatives don’t mean much in the workplace if real work readiness is not achieved. If the skills taught cannot be implemented by the employee at work, if they amount only to theoretical learning without practical application, will any return on investment be achieved?

The African continent must focus on skills and relevant content in order to increase internet penetration, says Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

President Zuma has announced an internship programme that intends to place 1 million youth in paid internships with private companies.

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.


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