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.

Imsimbi Training will host a two-Month free Youth Training and Job Placement Programme to help young people become eligible for basic job roles.

Deputy Minister in The Presidency responsible for Youth Development, Buti Manamela, has called on more young people to get involved in youth clubs, which he says are a model for youth development.

South Africa has the third highest unemployment rate in Africa – experts say specialist skills training is what people need to find, and keep, jobs.

Do you have work experience but lack the qualification to back it up? Recognition of Prior Learning is an excellent way to get your expertise accredited.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) put its weight behind corrective and sustainable measures to address a significant problem - the lack of direction for young men, leading to unemployment, crime, hopelessness and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Policy makers and stakeholders in higher education will gather at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria for a seminar on Learning Outcomes on Tuesday, 10 February 2015.

Few people willingly enter a dead-end or limiting career, Jim Freeman believes that’s as true for skills development practitioners as anyone else.

Employers have been urged to give young people, who are on internship programmes, the necessary experience during their placement.

Students across the continent will receive the unique opportunity to participate in a training programme designed to develop ICT skills in Africa.

EY NextGen encourages other corporates to join the mission of creating sustainable growth in South Africa by empowering future leaders of tomorrow through holistic development programmes.

Incorporating learnership programmes has become increasingly more important as learnerships help an organisation to comply with their BEE scorecard. Businesses are required to spend 6% of their gross salaries and wages in order to measure the Skills Development component of the scorecard.

In the second of three articles preceding the Association for Skills Development in South Africa’s conference in Randburg next month, Jim Freeman analyses the need for a professional body for facilitators.

South Africa’s “skills revolution”, launched a decade-and-a-half ago as a new way for preparing people for the world of work, achieves a significant – though understated – milestone next month.

The Human Settlements summit aimed to share the department’s programmes with the
leadership of youth formations and to identify opportunities in the private sector for
young people to participate.

If you are struggling to secure the necessary BBBEE scorecard points in a meaningful
way the Transcend BEE Internship provides a solution to this challenge and also
supports non-profit organisations in South Africa.

Government is investing in education and skills development because it’s the most
powerful weapons that the youth will need to enable them to run the country's
modern economy efficiently.

Young people will be instrumental in building the country towards prosperity, but only
if there is increased investment in their education and health. We need to "make sure
that they are given equal opportunities to develop to their full potential" - Minister
Bathabile Dlamini.

Fake qualifications are undermining real progression. Saqa is hosting a two-day
seminar to develop innovative, digitally affordable and effective processes to combat
fraudulent qualifications practices.

The National Tooling Initiative (NTI) programme as a rehabilitation strategy, aims to
address production and technology challenges, skills deficit and transformation in the
South African Tool, Die, and Mould making sector.

With the introduction of the new Broad‐Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)
codes South African businesses have little choice but to implement learnerships. This
is not entirely a bad thing.

More than 300 people from historically disadvantaged communities will receive training
to work in the agriculture sector in an initiative that is set to address scarce and
critical skills.

Failing to address the emergency of youth unemployment is a powder keg waiting to
explode. We all need to address this crisis urgently, if we wish to have a stable
country going forward.


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