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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.

Head of the National Skills Authority, Dr Danisa Baloyi was at her fiery best as she closed the NSDS conference in Gauteng, expressing her views on a number of issues facing the Setas.

Frank Groenewald, CEO of the Bankseta, is delighted that the organisation will continue as it is and can build on its successful first five years.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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