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.

South Africa has many economic opportunities, particularly in the mining,
engineering and manufacturing industries. However, a large portion of the
population are unskilled and unqualified, thanks to the country?s political
legacy.

The youth wage subsidy is a positive initiative in the battle to reduce youth
unemployment, but it?s a band-aid solution. "The issues are broader and more
complex than that", says Sandra Burmeister.

A partnership between Boston City Campus and Business College and the
loveLife organisation aims to deal with issues of social development and youth
empowerment.

This event allows school pupils to participate in a cultural and historical tour of
all the monuments related to the 1976 youth uprisings and this year we
(NYDA) are adding a social dialogue to the programme.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has
gazetted the National Scarce Skills List: Top 100 Occupations in Demand and
is calling for comments from all interested parties.

Skills Development is essential for South Africa?s economic growth. This is an
undeniable fact. However profit corporations are generally only interested in
the economic climate to the point where it stops affecting their businesses
and profitability.

A R60-million multi-purpose training and development centre, to be built at the
Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Roodeplaat, Pretoria, is expected to give
up-and-coming black commercial farmers a boost.

Twenty years, a few white papers, green papers, SETA?s and NQF?s down the
line, how much have we really evolved in skills development in South Africa
asks David Loubser.

Higher Education and Training Minister (DHET) Blade Nzimande on Wednesday
launched the Vhembe Skills Development Project which focuses on creating
jobs and alleviating poverty.

Approximately 10% of the 40 000 estate agents currently registered are
black. An initiative to speed up transformation in the sector has been
launched by the Department of Human Settlements.

The World Bank is to finance 19 university-based "centres of excellence? in
seven countries in West and Central Africa, in an effort to tackle a serious
shortage of skilled workers in major industries that are vital to the continent?s
economic growth.

A total of 120 young people in Mpumalanga have received certificates of
recognition after completing their training in the manufacturing of stainless
steel and furniture.

A graduate of the National Rural Youth Corps (Narysec), has hailed the
programme as a skills development hub, which creates invaluable job
opportunities for the youth.

A new forum launched in the Western Cape will focus on the role of young
people and highlight their contribution to building a better society. The
platform "will enable young people to take their rightful place in their
development".

More needs to be done to improve the effectiveness of internship
programmes that prepare graduates to go into the labour market, the
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) said.

Progress is being made in dealing with the shortage of artisans in the
country, says the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) of South
Africa.

Almost 10 000 of South Africa?s inmates have been trained as electricians, plumbers and builders, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said on Sunday.

A new chapter for skills development in local government has begun, with the
signing of an agreement that will see youth being trained to work in the
sector.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is going all out to ensure that
inmates leave correctional centres with better skills and prospects, so they
can contribute positively when they are reintegrated in society.

South Africa suffers a critical skills shortage despite its high unemployment
rate and a new innovation-driven mindset about skills development will be
imperative to realise the goals of the National Development Plan.

Anene Booysen came under national and international spotlight following her
brutal rape, mutilation and murder, and the Ceta has launched a R10 million
skills development and job creation project in her memory.

South Africa has launched a R71-million programme that will provide work
experience for unemployed graduates. The department will also source
internship placements for unemployed graduates from companies that are
interested in the programme.

Under the new Draft Immigration Regulations applicants will have to endure a
cumbersome process to obtain a certificate from the Department of Labour for
a General Work Permit.

The aim of a new partnership project is to provide training opportunities to
recently matriculated learners. Learnerships will be supported so that
matriculants can obtain an industry-related occupational qualification.

The launch of the National Integrated Human Resource Development Plan is
an important step forward in driving and increasing the human resource and
skills development base of the country, says Higher Education and Training
Minister Blade Nzimande.

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