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.

In an industry where the market and technology is constantly evolving, Anchor strives to stay at the forefront by promoting staff training to keep them up to speed with the latest product and technical developments, best practices, procedures and industry regulations.

14 young South African entrepreneurs will travel to the United States on a six-week business mentorship programme aimed at putting them on par with their international counterparts.

With the aim of assisting small companies in South Africa, the AA and MerSeta have joined forces to produce skilled artisans in the Diesel Mechanic, Motor Mechanic and Auto Electrician trades, through their recently launched apprenticeship training programme.

The skills development project launched by Services Seta, forms part of their skills policy to support inclusive growth and development in order to address the three key challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the EWSeta and Sanaco is the first such MoU between Sanaco and any of the 21 Setas and therefore, of great significance to the development, support and promotion of co-operatives in the country.

The workshops aimed at delivering assessor and moderator training, recently launched by the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority has received phenomenal support. As a result the PSETA is extending its training programmes to include four more provinces.

The pledge to train 180 young women in ICT in six municipalities entered its first phase when 34 females in Ekurhuleni started their End User Computing learnership programme. This follows the signing of an MoU between PWMSA, Bytes People Solutions and the MICT Seta.

More skilled professionals will enter the insurance sector when the new learnership programme endorsed by Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA) comes into effect. The programme will use the SMME platform to train school-leavers in the trade.

Learnership programmes support the goals of all skills development legislation and are critical to transformation. HR consultant Tasniem Cassiem looks at the benefit of skills development to businesses and how companies can take advantage of government backed skills programmes.

Unemployed youths have received training to serve in the public sector with the goal of improving productivity in the department.The initiative will also benefit scores of jobless young people and equip them with useful skills.


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