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National Skills Development Plan in Place.

March 12, 2019

Department of Higher Education and Training

12 March 2019

The National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) is in place.

The higher education and training department published the NSDP in Government Gazette 42290 in terms of the Skills Development Act.

According to the higher education and training minister, Naledi Pandor, the NSDP has been drawn up within a policy context of the National Development Plan and the White Paper on Post School Education and Training.

The minister described the NSDP as “key to enabling government and social partners to contribute towards economic growth, employment creation and social development”.

The NSDP is designed to ensure that an understanding of the demands of the labour market and national priorities is translated into appropriate interventions from education and training institutions.

A new Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) landscape will be set up in 2020.

“This new dispensation will bring about changes with regards to the leadership and governance in Skills Development. SETAs will remain an authoritative voice of the labour market and experts in their respective sectors.”

The aim of the NSDP is to “ensure that South Africa has adequate, appropriate and high quality skills that contribute towards economic growth, employment creation and social development”.

Outcomes of the NSDP include identifying and increasing production of occupations in high demand, linking education and the workplace, improving the level of skills in the local workforce, increasing access to occupationally directed programmes, supporting the growth of the public college institutional type as a key provider of skills required for socio-economic development, skills development support for entrepreneurship and cooperative development, encouraging and supporting worker initiated training and supporting career development services.

Some of the NSDP principles include locating the NSDP within an Integrated PSET System, contributing to the country’s socio-economic development objectives, advancing an equitable and integrated system, strong emphasis on accountability and understanding skills demand.

SETAs will be responsible for obtaining data on skills levels of the existing workforce, ascertaining future trends in the various sectors and continuously evaluating the implications of the findings from workplace data and stakeholder engagement.