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.

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.

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

Skills development remains acknowledged as a key driver of economic growth in South Africa.

Africa’s skills revolution has put more young people in institutions of higher education, which will translate into a workforce that will grow and modernise the continental economy.

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says with SABC set to have 16 television channels as a result of the digital migration process, young people will be encouraged to take up careers in the media space.

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

South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged the youth of South Africa to act on the opportunities available to them, so that there is no regret or sorrow when they look back at their lives.

The #FeesMustFall movement is running riot, and free tertiary education is the demand, but is the higher education system already producing too many graduates? Are there enough opportunities in the labour market for every new graduate every year?

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) play an important role in identifying the skills needs of every economic sector in the country.

Introduced in 2009, the incumbent learnership tax incentives, designed to encourage skills development by companies, came to a conclusion at the end of September this year.

Skills development can be one of the most useful tools to improve business performance if it is implemented for the right reasons.

The Letsema and Kuyasa Learneship flagship programmes for 2015 boast an achievement of 21 distinctions obtained by the class of 2015.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has placed the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) under administration.

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is undertaking to educate SMMEs in completing tender documents which will go a long way in creating sustainable enterprises.

Skills development initiatives don’t mean much in the workplace if real work readiness is not achieved. If the skills taught cannot be implemented by the employee at work, if they amount only to theoretical learning without practical application, will any return on investment be achieved?

The African continent must focus on skills and relevant content in order to increase internet penetration, says Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

President Zuma has announced an internship programme that intends to place 1 million youth in paid internships with private companies.

Pivotal grant funding and the trend of most companies building graduate programme into their recruitment processes has increased awareness, but perhaps not understanding of or buy-in to, work readiness.

Ringier Africa rolls out an internship programme with Africa Leadership University.


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