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.

Today young people face a different, yet no less threatening enemy than their 1976 counterparts. HIV and AIDS, drugs and substance abuse, moral decay, hunger and joblessness are some the evils that youth are being called to act against.

In order for South Africa to grow and excel it is necessary to recognise and celebrate exceptional individuals who make a difference and lead the way in the world of work, for this reason the Rising Star Awards was created.

Youth Empowerment lies at the heart of Usher?s New Look Foundation 2012 World Leadership Conference and five local students have been selected to participate in this global event.

With the aim of developing youth entrepreneurs, Productivity SA, a public entity of the Department of Labour (DoL) has announced its joint effort to establish the Youth Group of Companies (YGC).

The NYDA has developed a month long schedule of activities aimed at promoting youth access to information and opportunities as part of its Youth Month celebrations. This year the programme will kick off with a Youth Express Train.

Assessors and moderators speak with one voice through industry body CIMAP to positively impact education, training, and development in South Africa and maintain standards of best practice.

The graduate recruitment scheme developed by government has been formalised and will become the prerequisite for employment in the public sector, while aiding the promotion process and progression within the public sector.

The Business Process Services (BPS) industry has been steadily increasing in size and importance to the South African economy and has proven to be a sector with potential for job growth.

There is a need to put more emphasis on skills development and the creation of academic and work opportunities for young people over and above the policies that are already in place. This is according to Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize.

During a recent UNESCO meeting the critical need for quality technical and vocational education was brought to light. Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande discusses the purpose of skills development in the broader economic context.

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