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 major shift of skills development to the newly established Department of Higher Education and Training has impacted the way private providers of education and training do business. Ms Rooksana Rajab, CEO of the Resonance Group of companies comments on this shift.

Technical and vocational education and training is becoming more central to the country?s development agenda as decent work in South Africa is only possible and sustainable if the country develops a skilled workforce according to Minister Blade Nzimande.

President Zuma has signed into law two amendment Bills that the Higher Education and Training Deparment hope will allow them to have more control over FET Colleges and Setas. The FET Colleges will now be controlled nationally and Seta staff will have to disclose any conflicts of interest they have with private providers.

In response to government?s concerns about the lack of qualified IT business analysts in the South African workforce, a new initiative is targeting this potentially damaging gap.

Are you responsible for compiling a Workplace Skills Plan or do you need assistance in understanding the link between organizational efficiency and proper skills requirements? Professor Henry Grimbeek talks about how to be more proactive and strategic with your WSP.

The qualifications levels of South African sheriffs needs to be enhanced so that they are on par with international standards, says Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel. This is needed to ensure effective performance.

The uMkhanyakude Skills Development Project was launched by the Services Seta in an effort to ensure rural economic development participation in the mainstream economy.This initiative is in line with the Services Seta?s strategy of addressing poverty, unemployment and inequity.

The proposals on the sub-framework have far-reaching implications for training and workplace competence. Suzanne Hattingh shares some insights on the sub-framework of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that deals specifically with trades and occupations.

Are you struggling to manage learner records across multiple programmes? Wouldn?t it be nice if you had one program that does it all? David Meredith talks about the benefits of a Learning Management System (LMS).

Are the goals of the Green Paper a bit too ambitious? Prof. Hoosen Rasool talks about the targets set out in the post-school education and training strategy and highlights the need to promote public-private partnerships as a means to combating skills shortages in the country.

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