South Africa’s Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande recently unveiled the country’s third National Skills Development Strategy, a strategy for the next 5 years. It will be implemented through South Africa’s skills development structures (21 sector education and training authorities, SETAs) in the coming months, but universities will have important roles to play.
The aim of the National Skills Development Strategy III, NSDS3 is:
• To improve the skills development system so as to be more responsive to labour market needs and social equity requirements.
• To integrate workplace training and theoretical learning
• To improve the skills level of graduates of secondary and tertiary education
• To address skills shortages in artisanal, technical and professional fields
• To reduce the over-emphasis on NQF level 1-3 learnerships
• To equip those in the workforce with sufficient technological skills
• To improve co-operation between universities, further education and training colleges and sector education and training authorities…
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