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 work of the Banking sector Seta is not only with the well known banking giants. The skills practiced in the corporates have been shared with a group of small Village Banks that service rural areas.

A dispute between the Mappp Seta and the leading institution for the training of professional printers, the Cross Media Training College, is set to heat up when legal papers are served on the authority this week.

According to Skills Development Association CEO Gill Connellan, few facilitators are able - or allowed - to fulfill the role?s potential. Speaking at the Chieta national conference, she called on business to recognise the essential role of the SDF in dealing the the skills shortage in the country.

BP SA head Rams Ramashia had an upbeat message for the Chieta Seta annual conference: "The chemical industry in South Africa has a number of competitive advantages that, if fully exploited, could lead to exponential growth in the volume, quality and value of chemicals that could be exported.'

Fasset's ORT Siyaphambili Work Readiness programme is addressing the problem of qualified people still being unable to find work. The programme aims to enhance their employability with the addition of skills that are currently in demand.

The Services Setas has passed on to their SDFS guidance they received from the Department of Labour on the new mandatory grant procedures. Just when you thought things couldn't get more complicated...

An innovative Bankseta project will see 12 previously disadvantaged South Africans employed in local banks spending time at Canadian management schools to gain exposure to the latest international trends.

Chemical Industries Seta CEO, Dr Raymond Patel reflects on the successes of the last five years, and the major challenges ahead. Excited by the possibilities, Dr Patel is also worried that the country may be falling behind in the battle to enhance our human resources.

Does all learning have to be aligned to unit standards and is training that is not aligned irrelevant? Suzanne Hattingh explores these and other pressing questions and guides us through the NQF maze.

As part of her series exploring training and the National Qualifications Framework, Suzanne Hatthingh explores whether a company Workplace Skills Plan can only include unit standards-based training.

As part of her series exploring training and the National Qualifications Framework, Suzanne Hatthingh explores whether a company Workplace Skills Plan can only include unit standards-based training.

Cheryl James confirms that while the Fasset financial statements may show some money still in the bank, they aren't unspent funds. The Fasset CEO explains that failure to understand accounting practices has lead to some unfortunate urban legends about Seta spending.

The sudden closure of the Marketing Federation of South Africa, with debts of R5m, has caused significant concern in the industry. Services Seta CEO Ivor Blumenthal believes that key role players must ensure the well being of the sector, and has convened a meeting to discuss the way forward.

Assessment College's Mariatta van Rooyen has been having a few problems dealing with their ETQA. "In March 2005 we received 3400 letters of endorsement from the ETDP Seta. We could only post out 590 of these, as the rest were duplications". Don't worry, there's more...

Durban-based group training initiative, Jobworx is currently recruiting 340 unemployed individuals to take part in a learnership that will see them receive a National Certificate in General Security Practices.

CTFL's Hoosen Rasool and Busa's Vic van Vuuren have a clear message for skills development facilitators and other players in the vocational training arena. They need to broaden their knowledge of the context and practices of business in South Africa if they wish to gain credibility in the workplace and be taken seriously by their employers.

Delegates at the Teta Seta AGM heard that the organisation has paid out R78m in mandatory grants and R32m in discretionary grants in the last financial year. Priorities now are to assist designated groups and new entrants to acquire critical skills that the sector requires.


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