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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.


Minister Blade Nzimande has praised SAICA's Thuthuka programme that supports aspiring accountants. "The Thuthuka programme is proof that despite existing deficiencies in our schooling system, especially in maths, science and accounting, it is still possible to identify young poor student who can be trained successfully as chartered accountants.

"Don?t make the mistake of only starting the skills planning process in the middle of June - especially not in this World Cup year, when much attention will be on the soccer fields!" warns Suzanne Hattingh. If you want to ensure a return on investment from your training activities she has some advice for you!



Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, hailed the launch of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations as a landmark day that commemorated a decade of hard work on skills development in South Africa. Wilson Nzimande from the Coastal KZN FET College is the first Chairperson of the organisation.

The first budget for the new department of Higher Education and Training will see nearly R20 billion going to university education and over R3 billion for FET Colleges. In addition Seta skills levy income will generate R6,7 billion for skills development and R1,6 billion for the National Skills Fund.


It?s anything but business as usual on the skills development front in the new year, writes Jim Freeman. For one thing, the Department of Higher Education and Training seems keen to provide the so-called skills revolution with the leadership it has been sadly lacking. Freeman spoke to Mary Metcalfe in an exclusive interview.

If you have a passion for keeping the environment safe and healthy and the idea of working with the earth?s weird and wonderful eight legged creatures everyday does not faze you, then you should consider a career in pest control.


FET colleges will work more closely with the Setas to help put students on one-year workplace placement programmes, according to Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande. He added that the greatest weakness in the country?s skills system was the lack of alignment between FET colleges and Setas.

The Finance Minister has announced that 3 438 employees have been supported by the training layoff scheme, by October 2nd this year. The workers were employed by 24 companies who applied to the scheme to support re-training for their workers as a way to avoid retrenchment.

While the Department of Labour is in the final stages of establishing the QCTO framework, Milpark Business School, in partnership with the IOB, has been appointed by the Bankseta to pilot the first official QCTO qualification in the Banking Sector.

BANKSeta?s ETQA department has launched its new operating model with all new documents and processes online, along with new registration functionality for assessors and moderators. This will allow improved quality assurance processes, better communication with training providers and closer cooperation between the BANKSeta quality assurance team and the needs of sector employers.

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