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.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has shortened their Basic Training Learning Programme (BTLP) from 24 months to an intensive eight months.

The Wholesale and Retail SETA is closing the skills gap of middle management in the sector.

More than 100 informal traders have been empowered with skills to run their businesses efficiently and manage their finances.

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

The private sector has joined with a government partner with the aim of educating 250 learners.

UAV Industries (UAVI), the Western Cape’s only drone pilot training centre, has released its first batch of 14 graduates.

News is often dominated by depressing information about job losses and rising unemployment in South Africa.

A special skills solar water heater installation training programme has produced hundreds of new solar installers.

Lack of skills and employment opportunities is a major challenge facing South African youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country.

The Department of Higher Education and Training is currently in a consultation process on the changes that Minister Nzimande has proposed to the existing SETA landscape and for the next NSDS (iv).

Standard Bank has signed an industry partner agreement with the international Digital Skills Academy, in line with the bank’s strategy to step up its digital transformation and digital innovation capabilities.

SAP Africa today announced the successful graduation of all 75 South African students from its SAP Skills for Africa job creation initiative.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has warned job seekers of a fake traffic officer learnership advert that is doing rounds on social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

No matter how or why money is being spent, the outlay of funds is always accompanied by an expectation of return on investment (ROI).

Henry Ford, American industrialist, the founder of Ford Motor Company emphatically believed in the continuous journey of learning. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

MTN Group to fast-track digital development through Digital Skills Academy programmes.

Government will in the New Year introduce a new qualification for traffic officers which will be equivalent to a national diploma.

Scams continue to plague the education sector and students have been warned to steer clear of false opportunities.

A partnership between the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and National Skills Fund (NSF) is helping to equip offenders with skills.

The South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) is responsible for the quality control of education and training quality throughout South Africa, within in National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Access to tertiary education and vocational training remain the important levers to building a skilled workforce. An employed skilled workforce can fuel growth and help expand the middle class.

The government has called for public comments on its proposals for the future of the skills development system, and the 21 Setas that promote skills training in the workplace.

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working on Fire (WoF) programme has created a total of 13 660 jobs in the past three years.

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi is to host a craft imbizo to discuss opportunities available in the arts, culture and heritage sector.


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