Skills development to improve substantially

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe


During the next two decades South Africa will experience a significant change for the better in skills development to satisfy the demands and needs of a growing economy, affirms Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

In the HRDS mid-term report, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, stated that all social partners that make up the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) are devoted to a strong human resource development value chain.

In 2010 the council implemented a Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa 2010 – 2030 which establishes wide-ranging goals for the upcoming 20 years. In essence, South Africa has implemented a strategy which endeavors to guarantee universal the means to access quality basic education which is actively focussed on a significant enhancement in skills in order to meet the requirements of a growing economy.

Given the fact that education is a main priority as well as in reaction to the challenge associated with a low skills base in the country, the government in 2010 set up the HRDC to push a human resource development strategy for South Africa in addition to advising government on its execution along with other concerns pertaining to human resource development.

He explained that the current skills development challenges in the country may very well be caused by flaws in the education and training system, starting from early childhood development and continuing all the way through high school and post-school system in addition to continuing workplace professional development.

Having said that, he explained that the HRDC needed to determine the critical weaknesses within the education and training system, assess the nation’s needs, figure out the strategic goals as well as manage initiatives to make certain that the country produces a skilled and able work environment.

In order to put into action the strategy the council has adopted a plan in accordance with the following priorities:

* Fortifying and assisting of the Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to boost accessibility for students;
* Creation of intermediate skills (with artisans given a unique focus), and professionals;
* Development of Academics and more robust relationships between Industry and Higher Education Institutions;
* Worker Education and Foundational Learning.

The HRDC is comprised of social partners coming from all sectors of society including government, organised labour, organised business, academic along with other organs of civil society.



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