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.

To curb job losses and up-skill workers Government has committed funding worth R 5.7 billion to enterprises in the manufacturing industry as the economy had lost some 200 000 jobs during the 2008/2009 recession.

Local scientists will receive a skills boost through the Clinical Science Workshop sponsored by pharmaceutical company Novartis. This initiative forms part of the investment into clinical and scientific development in South Africa.

Ranked first for securities market regulation South Africa's commitment and professionalism in regulatory processes is clearly evident. Now the Financial Services Board has extended the level 1 regulatory exam and is working with INSETA to ensure all learners pass.

Unemployed learners will receive literacy training to position them for further training and development opportunities in programmes, learnerships and employment. Adult Education and Training service supplier, Triple E Training has been contracted to recruit the 200 participants.

Developing the nation through quality skills provision is the primary objective of the skills development projects that have been initiated by the Construction Education and Training Authority. The projects will be funded by the R374 million skills development grant.

Grade 11 pupils from all over KwaZulu-Natal received the chance to develop financial management skills and win an educational bursary during a speech contest. The campaign is aimed at promoting insurance as a career of choice.

Government is hosting National Youth Camps for youths aged between 14 and 25 in all nine provinces. The camps are aimed at empowering young South Africans by teaching them about leadership, social cohesion and nation building through outdoor adventure games and other activities.

The government is to host National Youth Camps across the country from this weekend to promote patriotism among the country?s youngsters and develop their leadership abilities. The youth camps would seek to achieve nation building, social cohesion and leadership.

Access to on-the-job training is still the biggest stumbling block to students who are attempting to complete their qualification and find employment. Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Comfort Mananan highlights a few more obstacles.

In recognition of education as a top priority and in response to the challenge of low skills base, government established the HRDC to drive a human resource development strategy for South Africa.

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