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 Minister of Labour has proposed that FET Colleges should be moved from the Education Department to the juristiction of the Department of Labour to enhance the delivery of skills training.

Ensuring that their learnership projects achieve the highest educational level is not a burden for In-tuition, it is non-negotiable for this dynamic Cape-based training provider.

The Foodbev Seta has held graduation ceremonies in Johannesburg and Cape Town for more than 550 learners who have successfully completed learnership projects in their sector.

Employers looking for suitably qualified young people for training and employment opportunities can now access the Umsobomvu's database of nearly 40 000 proactive youth.

The Community Development Workers learnership is helping one learner in the Boland fulfill a childhood dream and equiping him with the skills to assist his community.

Lead employer The X-Pert Group accussed the Services Seta of putting their own interests ahead of those of the disabled learners on a project management learnership. According to CEO Ivor Blumenthal, the Services Seta tried many times to accomodate the learners but could not accede to the X-Pert Group's request for a double learnership allowance.

55 learners with disabilities have had their learnership agreements terminated by the Services Seta, one month before the learner assessment was scheduled to begin.

It was the "end of a dream? for 543 domestic workers as they stepped on stage to receive their Learnership certificates from Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for 789 learners from their Letsema project, Bankseta CEO Frank Groenewald told the gathering that the project will be repeated with even higher targets for the new intake.

For Lawrence Mlotshwa, a senior Absa executive, Learnerships are a key tool in the bank's armoury as it struggles to develop the country's human resources.

"It is extremely gratifying to see how learners in our sector have empowered themselves by embracing fully the opportunity to improve their skills levels through learnerships,' says Bankseta Skills Development and Learnership Manager,' Sandra Dunn.

Everyone agrees that the FET Colleges need more money to deliver their courses to the required standard - the question is where the money should come from.

Exactly how should we judge the success of the National Skills Development Strategy? Dr Danisa Baloyi tells The Skills Portal that the focus now is on how skills development has changed the lives of working people?

The true measure of any learnership?s success is its ability to transform learners? lives for the better,' says Bankseta CEO, Frank Groenewald. The success stories that come from their learners are a testament to their positive impact.

Letsema, the Bankseta's Learnership Project has already seen 825 learners placed in banks, and part two of the project is on the way.

With 20% of all skills levies collected going to the National Skills Fund, delegates to the National Skills Conference were very interested in the new proposals for how it is to be spent.

A new skills strategy calls for a new set of regulations to govern the day-to-day operations of Setas and SDFs. Sam Morotoba spoke to The Skills Portal about the thinking behind the regulations.

Seta bashing has been nearly perfected by the media, business consultants and politicians. With the standard set of criteria for judging Seta performance outlined by Sam Morotoba there should at least be a simple answer to the question - how are the Setas doing?

Frank Groenewald, CEO of the Bankseta, is delighted that the organisation will continue as it is and can build on its successful first five years.

Ivor Blumenthal has responded in detail to comments made by the Minister of Labour and acting DDG Sam Morotoba about the finances of the Services Seta. For Blumenthal the picture is very different.

Head of the National Skills Authority, Dr Danisa Baloyi was at her fiery best as she closed the NSDS conference in Gauteng, expressing her views on a number of issues facing the Setas.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was in celebratory mood when he opened the National Skills Development Strategy conference. Not all targets have been met but the progress has still been excellent.

After much discussion and consultation, the Minister of Labour has finally announced the names of the 20 Setas who have been given another five years of life.

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