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.

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

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

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.

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.


Subscribe to Skills Development