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.

Ivor Blumenthal has responded in detail to comments made by the Minister of Labour and acting DDG Sam Morotoba about the finances of the Services Seta. For Blumenthal the picture is very different.

A new skills strategy calls for a new set of regulations to govern the day-to-day operations of Setas and SDFs. Sam Morotoba spoke to The Skills Portal about the thinking behind the regulations.

With 20% of all skills levies collected going to the National Skills Fund, delegates to the National Skills Conference were very interested in the new proposals for how it is to be spent.

Seta bashing has been nearly perfected by the media, business consultants and politicians. With the standard set of criteria for judging Seta performance outlined by Sam Morotoba there should at least be a simple answer to the question - how are the Setas doing?

Thousands of skills development stakeholders are gathering for the National Skills Development Strategy Conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

The Minister of Labour has confirmed that his officials looked into allegations of financial problems at the Services Seta, adding that, "The situation is quite bad'.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was in celebratory mood when he opened the National Skills Development Strategy conference. Not all targets have been met but the progress has still been excellent.

After much discussion and consultation, the Minister of Labour has finally announced the names of the 20 Setas who have been given another five years of life.

Research has been commissioned by the Department of Labour to find out, once and for all, whether the national Learnership initiative is bearing fruit.

Here are some tips if you would like to do a learnership.

190 learners have embarked on a marketing learnership with PostNet's nationwide retail chain.

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund has invited unemployed young people to register on its online information portal and compile profiles that could become their passport to employment opportunities.

Finance Seta Fasset is making R25 000 grants available to employers in their sector who sign previously disadvantaged individuals onto learnerships.

The economy of the Eastern Cape is set for a boost with 160 learners who have completed a learnership now set to participate in the tourism sector.

The assessment system used for a learnership should serve to promote quality training and give awards for achieved competencies.

A learnership contract is entered into between the learner, the training provider and the employer.

Grants from Setas and tax incentives are available to companies to encourage them to take on learners on learnerships.

Setas approve learnerships but before that a number of development stages have to be completed when learnerships are developed.

Learnerships are defined by a number of key principles.

A learnership is a vocational education and training programme to facilitate the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.

Learnerships are based on outcomes and include both theory and practice.

A number of issues have to be addressed prior to implementation of Learnerships.

Well known economist, Dr Iraj Abedian has his own recipe for a successful South African economy: skills, skills and more skills!

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