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.

"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.

Thousands of skills development stakeholders are gathering for the National Skills Development Strategy Conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

The Minister of Labour has confirmed that his officials looked into allegations of financial problems at the Services Seta, adding that, "The situation is quite bad'.

Research has been commissioned by the Department of Labour to find out, once and for all, whether the national Learnership initiative is bearing fruit.

Here are some tips if you would like to do a learnership.

190 learners have embarked on a marketing learnership with PostNet's nationwide retail chain.

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund has invited unemployed young people to register on its online information portal and compile profiles that could become their passport to employment opportunities.

Finance Seta Fasset is making R25 000 grants available to employers in their sector who sign previously disadvantaged individuals onto learnerships.

The economy of the Eastern Cape is set for a boost with 160 learners who have completed a learnership now set to participate in the tourism sector.

A learnership contract is entered into between the learner, the training provider and the employer.

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

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