Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Event - National Skills Authority Roundtable on the New Skills Development Landscape

The National Skills Authority (NSA) has been tasked with advising the Minister of Higher Education & Training on the proposed new skills development landscape, which comes into effect from March 2018.

To advise the Minister on how stakeholders feel about the proposals, the NSA has been conducting nation-wide public hearings to provide information on the proposals, encourage discussion around the impact of the changes and gather feedback for the Minister.

Yesterday's roundtable at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannsburg was aimed at a wide variety of organisations which play important roles in the post-schooling sector. The NSA provided feedback on the public hearings and gave the organisations an opportunity to share their views on the proposals, and answer questions from the audience.

You can download the event presentations later in this post.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Proposed New Skills Development Landscape

The Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) published on 10 November 2015 a draft proposal for a new National Skills Development landscape which would take effect on 1 March 2018.

The proposal is a government gazette with a deadline of 20 January 2016 for public comments.

With National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III finishing its five year life-span in 2016 (now extended to March 2018), it was expected that a fine-tuning of the key skills development institutions would take place to support the new NSDS. The proposed new landscape is however a significant evolution in the institutional landscape and one which therefore requires significant consideration and discussion among stakeholders.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Skills Handbook Pre-order Edition Now Available

Last week, on the 25 May, the Skills Handbook Pre-order Edition (version 0.1) was published.

This 98 page teaser is a downloadable eBook which is made available to anyone pre-ordering the 554 page Print Edition, available later this year.

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While the Print Edition consists of 249 chapters, of between 1 - 8 pages each, the Pre-order Edition consists of the following six chapters, with a distinctly artisan development focus:
  • Artisan Development
  • Artisan Development - Funding 
  • Artisan Development - History of
  • NAMB - National Artisan Moderating Body
  • SETA Sector - Grant Regulations, Amended
  • SETAs - Finance and Accounting Services SETA - FASSET  

To access the Pre-order Edition, please click here to visit our online shop, and place a pre-order for the Print Edition, at R300 ex VAT (normal price will be R500 ex VAT).


The Pre-order Edition is updated approximately monthly until the book is printed. Each time it is updated you will be emailed a download link to access the updates.


Should you wish to advertise, please click here for more information. On finalisation of your booking, your advert will be placed in the next Pre-order Edition update, and your 12 months of exposure will be counted from the date the book is printed.

What to expect in version 0.2

The next version update is planned for 20 October and will include the following new chapters and updates:
  • National Scarce Skills List (2 pages)
  • Interview with Brent Wyborn (Business) (4 pages)
  • Updates to the Artisan Development chapters based on the recent publication of the Trade Test Regulations and the Draft Trade Test Quality Improvement Strategy 2015
  • Updates to the SETA Grant Regulations chapter, based on BUSA's successful legal challenge (now under appeal)
The full list of chapters covered by the Print Edition is available here. If you would like to see other topics prioritised, please comment at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Employers & Youth Employability - interview with Brent Wyborn, HR Director (Hollard Insurance Group)

Large employers do what they have to in terms of the social problems in their markets. They can't exactly avoid legal responsiblities, but a few employers go beyond the minimum.

An even smaller group of employers try to find a sustainable business model to drive their social investment projects, knowing that such projects will outlive the variable sources of funding which they normally depend on.

Hollard Insurance Group is one such company, and the social investment project is Harambee Work For Work,  an innovative new approach to youth unemployment which intersects with the universal business need for talented new entrants.

Hollard employs 2,547 people, who are served by 35 HR practitioners, administering an annual payroll of R1,2 billion, and paying a Skills Development Levy of approximately R12 million.