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Vocational education essential to successfully make NGP a real possibility


Technical and vocational education is vital to building the South African economy in addition to helping to make the New Growth Path (NGP) a reality according to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.

If the country hopes to do an about turn in relation to the decline in the country’s manufacturing industries and improve the overall hospitality and other service industries, then we all need to develop the necessary skills to make it possible.

He further stated the fact that the pursuit of decent employment in South Africa would most likely be possible and sustainable if the country developed a skilled labor force. This certainly will bolster the working class and make workers significantly less expendable and more central to help expand economic development.

The minister was giving a presentation in Shanghai, China, where he was chairing a roundtable discussion on the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in middle-income countries during the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Third International Congress on TVET.

Nzimande is leading a high-level nine-member South African delegation to the congress including senior officials of his department and representatives from the National Skills Authority (NSA), the Quality Council on Trades and Occupations (QCTO), the Mining Qualifications Authority along with the Education Policy Unit of Wits University.

Showcasing the value of the conference for developing countries, Nzimande stated it came during a period when technical and vocational education and training was in fact progressively more central to the country’s development agenda.



South Africa perfectly demonstrates this trend with recently developed policies that highlight the strengthening of the effectiveness of FET colleges and SETAs, reinvigorating artisan training, in addition to establishing close ties between educational institutions and employers, the minister pointed out.

He pointed out that a great many middle-income countries were for the most part producers of minerals and agricultural raw materials, however to develop further, they found it necessary to beneficiate their raw materials and develop their manufacturing along with other key industries, which in turn demanded the growth of technical and vocational skills among their workers.

He cautioned that large informal economies in poor and middle-income countries really should not be pushed aside by governing bodies, but instead be assisted by a variety of means, which would include things like training.

“This would help make sure they are more productive and help in bringing them into the formal economy. TVET policies needs to be related to economic development policies in general in addition to industrial and other associated sectors’ policies. Having said that, TVET must not be narrowly occupationally focused, but rather needs to include important elements of social studies and ethics,” the minister suggested.

The congress is talking about a wide selection of TVET issues which includes advertising and marketing the appeal of TVET, teaching and learning strategies, promoting social equity through TVET, skills development for rural transformation and the governance and financing of TVET.

Source: BuaNews. UNESCO


South African Government expands local skills development

The Department of Higher Education and Training has launched the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS3) in order to assist prevent unemployment as well as generate employment opportunities.

The programme is planned to be carried out via the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) from April.

The most important motivator associated with the project is generally to enhance the overall performance along with efficiency associated with the skills development system.

The project would definitely at the same time link skills development to career paths and development and additionally “promote sustainable employment and in-work progression.”

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made the announcement last week during a press briefing at Parliament in Cape Town.

The briefing comes after President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address last week, during which he emphasized job creation as one of several key government priorities this coming year.

Motshekga stated that the focus of the NSDS3 is generally to “make it possible for individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or sufficient reading, writing and numeracy skills to gain access to employment opportunities.

“Key to the goals and objectives of the NSDS3 is without a doubt enhanced placement of both students and graduates, in particular from the FET colleges and university of technology,” she mentioned.

Several of the popular features of the programme included a decrease in mandatory grant rates to 40 percent as well as the introduction of a 10 percent PIVOTAL (professional, vocational, technical and academic placement) allowance to make up for this reduction.

Source: BuaNews, xstrata.com, gtz.de


South Africa skills development plan given a boost

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

A task team is going to be established to help to increase SETA’s capacity in order to fulfill the desired goals and objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III.

NSDS III, unveiled last week by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, is the major driving force associated with the strategy to enhance the overall performance as well as effectiveness of the skills development program.

The plan of action, that will actually come into effect on 1 April 2011, symbolizes a commitment and responsibility to promoting the linking of skills development to career paths, career development and offering sustainable job opportunities and in-work progression.

Nzimande said the strategy concentrated specifically on individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or a sufficient amount of reading, writing and numeracy abilities to make it possible for them gain access to employment.

“Language, literacy and numeracy skills are unquestionably essential to improved economic and social participation, productivity and social inclusion,” Nzimande said.

The NSDS III places emphasis on eight goals and objectives, which includes more effective utilization of workplace based skills development in addition to encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises and local community education and training initiatives.

Nzimande reiterated that SETAs were definitely not destined to be shut down, on the contrary, preferably strengthened as a measure to rise above the difficulties, challenges and weakness within the system, through the NSDS.

Education Training and Development Practices SETA CEO, Sesi Nxesi, welcomed the launch of the NSDS III.

“All of us genuinely feel there exists a change in the country. It [NSDS III] is a lot more organised and structured, in addition it helps bring about cooperation and i am optimistic that we definitely will achieve the goals, collectively,” said an optimistic Nxesi.

Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA)
Chemical Industries SETA (CHIETA)
Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather SETA (CTFL SETA)
Construction SETA(CETA)
Education Training and Skills Development SETA (ETSD-SETA)
Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services SETA (FASSET)
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry SETA (FOODBEV)
Forest Industry SETA (FIETA)
Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA)
Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies SETA (isett seta)
Insurance SETA (INSETA)
Local Government SETA (LGSETA)
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (MERSETA)
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging SETA ( MAPPP-SETA)
Public Service Sector SETA (PSETA)
Safety and Security SETA (SASSETA)
Services SETA
SETA for Mining and Minerals Sector (MQA)
Social Security and Development SETA
Transport SETA (TETA)
Wholesale & Retail SETA (W&RSETA)

Source: BuaNews, gcis.gov.za