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 assessment system used for a learnership should serve to promote quality training and give awards for achieved competencies.

Grants from Setas and tax incentives are available to companies to encourage them to take on learners on learnerships.

A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.

A number of issues have to be addressed prior to implementation of Learnerships.

Learnerships are defined by a number of key principles.

Setas approve learnerships but before that a number of development stages have to be completed when learnerships are developed.

Learnerships are based on outcomes and include both theory and practice.

Well known economist, Dr Iraj Abedian has his own recipe for a successful South African economy: skills, skills and more skills!

You are a small training provider and your clients are starting to ask you whether your training is accredited. Where do you need to go to gain accreditation?

The role of Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) has been devised for the person acts as the liason between the company and the Seta.

The term ABET refers to Adult Basic Education and Training. Abet refers to education up to the equivalent of grade 9 (standard 7). Both literacy and numeracy are included in Abet.

A learnership is a work-based route to a qualiication.

The acronym stands for 'Sector Education and Training Authority' and there are 25 such organisations, each representing one section of the economy. The Seta is tasked with distributing the money that is raised from Skills Levies back to their sector, developing learning programmes that are relevant for their sector and maintaining the highest standards of training.

Confused by all the 3 letter acronyms? We've published a guide to the help translate the acronym-speak you will hear from skills professionals!

  • Performance against targets
  • Ability to marshal support and commitment of the Seta's sector
  • Knowledge of their sector's education and training needs
  • Representation and communication
  • Viability and long term sustainability
  • Efficient financial management

    Excerpt from speech by Advocate Rams Ramashia to Foodbev Seta
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