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 Finance and Accounting Services Seta is a trend-setter within the Seta environment.

South Africa is facing a harsh reality, where a larger proportion of the country’s unemployed are now better educated, but yet cannot find jobs - with unemployment figures consistently edging towards 25%.

South Africa’s team of twenty-one competitors at the recently held WorldSkills International Competition in Sao Paulo Brasil improved the country’s standing from previous competitions.

WorldSkills 2015 came to a close in Sao Paulo after 4 days of intense competition that saw Team South Africa joining fifty-eight other countries as part of the 1,192 competitors at this year’s event.

A delegation of twenty-three young South Africans have set off to Sao Paulo Brazil for the experience of a lifetime.

National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Riah Phiyega, has encouraged graduates to make a difference in society.

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

China has agreed to a placement of South African government officials and business leaders on a training and skills development programme, said the Presidency.

In today’s digital age, building a strong brand identity should be a fundamental part of a company’s strategic intent and skill set.

Northern Cape youth have been called to participate in a public finance management learnership programme.

The youth of Cala, in the Eastern Cape, have been encouraged to make the most of the opportunities created through government programmes to improve their lives.

Connection Telecom has successfully concluded its first internship programme, resulting in the internal placement of two candidates.

The long-awaited review of the Seta (sector education and training authority) landscape is anticipated to take place next year.

The digital age is overtaking the world of work as we know it. “This poses challenges to governments, corporates and employees themselves as they struggle to prepare for a new way of doing business,” says Sandra Burmeister, CEO of executive search firm Amrop Landelahni.

The Department of Higher Education and Training, (DHETR), is proud to announce that a team of twenty-one young vocational Skills Ambassadors will be representing South Africa at the prestigious WorldSkills International Skills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2015.

Twenty young girls from previously disadvantaged backgrounds have been given the chance to receive on-the-job experience in a range of career choices thanks to the job readiness programme by the Coega Development Corporation.

In the second part of their conversational review of 15 years of the National Skills Development Strategy, Jim Freeman and Suzanne Hattingh reflect on the merits of the “skills revolution”, while Gill Connellan of the Association for Skills Development in South Africa adds her insights.

A partnership between the Department of Small Business Development and Eskom will see young people from Sasolburg and Port St Johns benefit from a programme which will provide mobile kiosks.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela, will this morning address the Isibalo Symposium and the Youth Enterprise Summit in Cape Town.

Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande’s recent remarks that he will not ditch the Setas when their operating licences come up for renewal calls to mind a conversation I had earlier this year with Suzanne Hattingh, one of the most respected names in skills development writes Jim Freeman.

South African youth ought to be more entrepreneurial in their employment outlook, as opposed to merely being job seekers.

South Africa is currently facing the challenge of providing both financial literacy and training to the poorest members of society to enable them to become contributors to society, be productive and build sustainable SMMEs creating further opportunity, according to the CEO of Tsebo Outsourcing Group, Clive Smith.

Much has been said about young people and their prospects for the future. As we celebrate Youth month it seems appropriate to look at some of the defining traits and characteristics of this tech- savvy generation.

Young people have been called to participate in the Youth Walk in the City of Tshwane as part of the celebrations of Youth Day.


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