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 National Tooling Initiative (NTI) programme as a rehabilitation strategy, aims to
address production and technology challenges, skills deficit and transformation in the
South African Tool, Die, and Mould making sector.

With the introduction of the new Broad‐Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)
codes South African businesses have little choice but to implement learnerships. This
is not entirely a bad thing.

More than 300 people from historically disadvantaged communities will receive training
to work in the agriculture sector in an initiative that is set to address scarce and
critical skills.

Failing to address the emergency of youth unemployment is a powder keg waiting to
explode. We all need to address this crisis urgently, if we wish to have a stable
country going forward.

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) launched its flagship driver training
programme together with driver simulator infrastructure at Matatiele Local

Youth unemployment is the greatest problem facing the country having increased from
3 million in 2009 to the highest level of 3.4 million in 2013 and 2014, a Select
Committee meeting in Cape Town.

Youth unemployment is the greatest problem facing the country having increased from
3 million in 2009 to the highest level of 3.4 million in 2013 and 2014, a Select
Committee meeting in Cape Town.

Strides are being made to address youth unemployment which is a huge challenge for
South Africa, says the Department of Labour. The initiative will target 8 000
unemployed beneficiaries.

Are you a business owner or a training provider in the trade sector? Find out about
Services Seta's latest scheme to support young artisans by providing funding for
apprenticeship training and learner assessments.

Young South Africans will have the opportunity to compete in a global skills
competition which aims to spread awareness about the critical contribution of
technical and artisan skills.

Sky-rocketing unemployment rates amongst Millennials has become a shared reality
world-wide. As a result governments around the world are implementing a range of
interventions to boost job creation and avoid having a lost generation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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