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.

What are the challenges of implementing a skills development strategy? Two training
specialists discuss the process and explain the role of a Quality Management
System in the skills development process.

If you missed the first intake, Imsimbi Training is relaunching its Job Readiness
Programme with the aim of giving young people the skills and tools they need to
secure employment.

A university education has traditionally been promoted and held in higher regard over
a vocational one, a trend not unique to South Africa. This is a practice that needs to
change in order to promote skills development in a range of sectors.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says while the number of black youth in employment
has grown over the last 20 years, the acquisition of skills has not grown at the same
rate within this group.

The view of many parents today is that their children will be assured a healthy career
and the opportunity to build personal wealth if they get a university degree. However,
where does this leave those that do not have access to a tertiary education?

In response to the high unemployment rate in South Africa, particularly within the
youth sector, more organisations are finding ways to contribute to skills development.
Ultimately the goal is to uplift and empower young people for the benefit of all.

Being a part of a country which promotes diversity and inclusion poses a very real
challenge in terms of aligning oneself in the competitive landscape. Julia Wood offers
some insights on workforce trends.

he National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Industrial Development Corporation
(IDC) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) have launched a R2.7-billion
Youth Fund aimed at creating millions of sustainable jobs.

The call to increase the skills set of the South Africa labour force is being answered in
KZN through a partnership that is expected to revolutionise skills development in the

Eastcape Midlands College, in the Eastern Cape, embarked on an
international partnership during 2013 to improve its certification rate and to
increase employability of its students.

In 2013 Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande called
on Setas to supplement the shortfall in National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS)
funding. Fasset answered this call through its bursary scheme.

African countries face a formidable challenge in obtaining the skilled resources
needed to develop infrastructure, drive economic growth and reduce

The 3rd annual Coega Youth Leadership Development Academy (CYLA) aims to
provide young leaders with the robust life insight and in-depth content
required to lead effectively in a changing society.

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has urged North
West youth to take their studies seriously as it will enable them to participate
in the running of the country.

Youth volunteers launched an initiative to build 76 houses in one month
through Youth Build programme which integrates academic achievement, work
experience, leadership development, and personal transformation in a single

Four talented university students will have the opportunity to attend the One
Young World Summit 2014, which will be taking place in Dublin, Ireland from
15 - 18 October.

The North West Provincial Government will take stock of how it has been
rolling out the Youth Employment Accord in order to improve its benefits for
the young people of that province.

The National Youth Day Commemoration event is one of many events hosted
by government to celebrate and uplift young people. Download the 2014
Youth Month Calendar.

Over 3000 youngsters, seeking advice and information on career
opportunities have visited the 2014 Ekurhuleni Career Expo. The expo will run
till 12 June 2014.

While unemployment among young people has remained stubbornly high
following the 2008 recession, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
is beginning to see the positive impact of its varied interventions to ride out
this socio-economic storm.

A new BEE internship aims to equip champions to move organisations beyond
classical tick-box compliance thinking around B-BBEE, and to truly embrace the
new enterprise transformation paradigm.

Young South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds will receive
the opportunity to develop the skills they need to participate in the marketing
sector through the Red and Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute.

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

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


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