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.

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.

Companies participating in Skills Development initiatives are required to submit their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Reports (ATR) by 28 April 2017. According to Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn, there are many benefits to viewing this as much more than just a necessary act of compliance.

South Africa’s low economic growth unfortunately translates into job losses and stagnation, but the hospitality sector is one of very few industries in South Africa currently creating jobs.

Gauteng government partnerships will provide thousands of young people with training and job opportunities while empowering them with the relevant skills needed in the job market.

The South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa) is responsible for establishing and maintaining quality within the higher education and training sector.

Learnerships are developed by the industry for the industry, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, so the learning programme and qualification of the Learners are relevant to the specific occupation.

You might have heard the phrase “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching”. Companies can learn from learners and the learner can learn from the company.

Imsimbi Training will commence its next intake for the two-month free job readiness programme to help young people become eligible for job roles.


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