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.

Skills development in South Africa is an ever evolving environment.  At times very frustrating, but so rewarding!

With South Africa’s unemployment rate hovering around 27% (among the highest in the world), job creation and skills development have arguably become critical to SA’s economic and social stability. 


Learnerships are structured programmes combining theory with practical skills within a working environment. 

“This is an opportunity that I’m hoping will take me far,” says Lebogang Sothoane.

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.



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