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.

It is no secret that South African youth are facing massive challenges in terms of their education, employment, and career growth. According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017 from 26.5% in the previous period.

Just five years ago the annual Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Youth Survey highlighted a society that was upbeat about the future and their career prospects.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has urged the private sector to employ young graduates.

While youth unemployment remains a challenge that faces South Africa and many parts of the world, young people are encouraged to consider volunteering their time to acquire more skills and help reshape the country.

The second half of the academic year gets underway in just a few weeks and matrics are encouraged to shift their thinking from obtaining a formal tertiary education to vocational training, a valuable and beneficial post-matric study option, which guarantees employment.

The proposed amendments to the regulations on the SETA workplace based learning programme have been released.

In the report called “The Future of Jobs”, The World Economic Forum identified 10 uniquely human skills, workers will need to acquire by 2020 or they might find their jobs replaced by automation. 

As a response to the skills demand in the country 776 students from rural areas were trained to become qualified teachers.

It is a well-known fact that there is a serious skills shortage in South Africa and in an attempt to combat this, Samsung South Africa provides various programmes set up to address this need.

In the run up to Workers Day, commemorated annually on May 1st as a celebration of South African workers and the contributions they make toward the well being of the country, Manpower South Africa analyses the importance of implementing a feasible solution to the high unemployment rate in South Africa, particularly amongst the youth.

With 50.9 percent of the country’s youth unemployed more focus should be placed on how youth can enter the job market without a formal tertiary qualification to contribute positively to the country’s economy.

The retail banking industry is in flux. So, what skill sets are needed to staff the retail banking workplace, and how can leaders put their teams in the best position to succeed?

Educational institutions in South Africa and across the globe are lagging behind in equipping learners with the skills they will require to be employable in the coming years.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has urged veteran social workers within the department to mentor new social worker recruits and play an active role in the communities they serve.

The skills development sector can seem like a maize with many professionals getting lost in the mire of professional boards, authorities and representative organisations.

The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDCSA) has adopted a revised strategy to put the country on a path of closing its skills gap.

The Kayelethu Youth Centre instils a sense of pride in boys formerly living on the streets by helping them to aim high and achieve their goals.

Young people from the Western Cape will represent South Africa at a global skills competition.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has embarked on a number of initiatives to improve the country’s skills base - key among them to get young people involved in the fields of science, technology and innovation.

No industry in South Africa has been immune to disruptive forces. From new technologies that are adopted in the workplace to startup companies invading market gaps, these changes are disrupting the traditional way of doing business and are reshaping the world of work as we know it.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) is hosting a Forensic Services Conference, in Pretoria, under the theme “Fundamentals of Forensic Evidence”.

The PPS Foundation has launched a mentorship programme through its graduate outreach portal, Professionals Connect. The offering is one of the ways in which the website, a CSR initiative by the Foundation, strives to give back to the South African youth.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged the youth of Mkhuhlu in Mpumalanga to go into careers that the South African economy needs.

A newly launched R17 million skills programme is expected to enhance the employability of people, especially the youth, from poor backgrounds and those that are referred to as the missing middle.

A newly launched R17 million skills programme is expected to enhance the employability of people, especially the youth, from poor backgrounds and those that are referred to as the missing middle.


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