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 African Leadership University ALU and GE Africa announced today the launch of the ALU Africa Industrial Internet Program.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says young people need to be given an enabling environment in order to access employment opportunities.

Why Skills Development Matters

South Africa contributes a large portion of its national budget towards education and skills development. Let's take a look at why that is and why training is so important.

Absa has collaborated with Lulaway to train 4 000 youth on the Absa ‘ReadytoWork’ programme and place 2 000 of these young people in employment.

Learnerships raise the skills base in key economic sectors and reduce unemployment driven by a shortage of skills, yet many employers ignore them in spite of significant tax incentives.

Sometimes we get lost in the flood of negative news, but here we have evidence of people working towards their delivery mandate: to provide focused skills development initiatives to women, people with disabilities, youth, rural and township communities, and military veterans. The CETA Annual Report provides evidence that it is possible to deliver and achieve a clean audit in the process. A worthy legacy for ex DHET Minister Nzimande. 

The 2017 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI)* found that 80% of South African students feel that their degree sufficiently prepares them for their chosen profession.

The critical skills gap that exists in South Africa is a growing concern for many industries. One would assume, to combat this concerning lack of critical skills, employers would be investing more in learning and development (L&D). However, according to the annual Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report, the opposite is true.

For the second year running, Otis Southern Africa has awarded its top mechanic for expertise in product and safety aptitude and ability.

The National Skills Authority (NSA) has prepared a video explaining their mandate, and how the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) under Minister Nzimande has worked to improve the contribution 

The City of Cape Town, Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College recently launched a multi-million rand skills development programme for 91 residents from Blikkiesdorp who will receive construction industry training at False Bay TVET College in Westlake.

The future well-being of the country depends on raising a generation of skilled, competent, and responsible adults.

An integrated, robust effort from the public and private sector is required to boost employment levels among the country’s disabled workforce.

A unique associate programme has been designed to address the growing challenge of graduate unemployment.

In terms of the Skills Development Regulation, a Discretionary Grant is a grant paid to applicants at the discretion of the Safety & Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA), for Skills Development Projects, linked to scarce and critical skills, in the Safety and Security Sector.

A team of 20 students, selected by the Department of Higher Education, are set to compete at the upcoming 44th World Skills International (WSI) biennial competition at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Competence Performance Consulting (CPC), recently assisted nine employees at SA Breweries Newlands, fast-track their National Occupational Qualification in Food and Beverage Packaging Operations through a tailor-made RPL learnership programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be an effective tool for educational redress if used correctly. So why aren't more people taking advantage of this qualification model?

The Skills Development Summit 2020 will unveil a pragmatic vision of skills development, which integrates the need to develop skills, create jobs and grow the economy.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday, 26 August 2017, lead a Youth Development and Career Expo in the Western Cape.

Building techniques to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and growing professional development is of national importance for South African employers.

South Africa is experiencing an unprecedented crisis in youth unemployment. According to Statistics South Africa, 55% of 15 to 24 year olds are currently unemployed – a percentage that has been increasing steadily since 2008.

Columba Leadership and M4JAM have created a scalable business model that aims to drive employment, education, and sustainable community development. The partnership addresses two of the most urgent challenges facing young South Africans: education and employment.

Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola has encouraged learners to take on careers in the energy sector.


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