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Skills Development




Branch: Skills Development

The purpose of the Skills Development branch is to promote and monitor the national skills development strategy. Further, it is responsible for developing and implementing appropriate legislation and policies for a sustained quality and accessible post-school education and training system.

The strategic objectives of this branch are:

  • To provide a dynamic interface between the workplace and learning institutions and to promote quality learning at work and for work
  • To promote alignment of skills development outputs to the needs of the workplace and to the broader growth needs of the country's economy
  • Provide funds to support projects that are national priorities in the national skills development strategy that advance the human resource development strategy of South Africa and that support the national skills authority in its work.

Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) Coordination is responsible for: 

  • Developing and maintaining a definitive list of scarce and critical skills and publishing an annual report on the state of skills
  • Developing and communicating regulations for skills planning.
  • Developing and implementing a plan for national skills development planning and support.
  • Maintaining and updating an accurate and accessible Organizing Framework for Occupations list.
  • Ensure that Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation planning and reporting is effectively developed and implemented in alignment with Departmental requirements and is used to monitor and evaluate the current NSDS implementation.
  • Developing and implementing a branch management information system in alignment with Departmental requirements to facilitate the provision of performance information to staff, institutions, learners and citizens.
  • Developing a centralised contract information management system for learner training schemes, interfacing with SETA systems.
  • Managing annual Service Level Agreements between the department and the SETAs and monitoring them in line with the SLA regulations.
  • Developing and reviewing skills development legislation, regulations, policies, systems and guidelines.
  • Developing and aligning Sector Skills Plans to the current National Skills Development Strategy
  • Monitoring and promoting the effective implementation of transformative social inclusion and cohesion policies throughout the skills development sector.

TheNational Skills Authority is responsibility for:

  • Developing a national policy framework on work integrated learning
  • Setting up a national integrated database and management information system on work integrated learning
  • Fostering a national skills development policy by conducting research on the return on investment on short courses, the improvement of governance and management of the SETAs and the NSA and the role of the public service in reviving the economy through skills development
        • Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of NSDS III NSF projects
        • Capacitating and strengthening skills development of key stakeholders
        • Conducting investigations in relation to poor governance and management of the SETAs

The National Skills Fund is responsible for:

  • funding projects identified in the NSDS as national properties
  • funding projects related to the achievement of the purpose of the Act as determined by the Director-General
  • Administering the fund within the prescribed limits as regulated

The institute for the National Development of Learnerships, Employment Skills and Labour Assessments (INDLELA) develops and implements an integrated learner registration management information system which is linked to provinces and regional structures. To achieve its objectives, Indlela has the responsibility to:

  • Develop and maintains a database of learning programmes, including apprenticeships, learnerships and skills development programmes and training providers
  • Implement the national artisan development programme
  • Develops and implement a strategyto support the SETAs in the achievement of NSDS targets in relation to learning programmes.
  • Ensures geographic access to and coordinate artisan trade testing nationally.
  • Implement an efficient and effective policy and process for the Organising Framework for Occupations.
  • Develop and implement accreditation and quality assurance systems for artisan skills development providers.

The Work Integrated Learning, Partnerships and Innovation directorate is responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the development, implementation and monitoring of a web-based system to register all learning programmes within the post-school system that require Work Integrated Learning;
  • Ensuring that the Work Integrated Learning system is integrated and linked with other systems within the post-school education
  • Co-ordinating the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system to ensure compliance to requirements for the management of WIL learners within the post-school system
  • Identifying accreditation and quality assurance of training providers and training programme requirements for management of WIL learners within post-school system
  • Identifying requirements of the broader framework of public funding of higher education related to WIL learners within the post-school system
  • Identifying impact requirements related to WIL learners within post-school system
  • Developing and implementing a national framework for Work Integrated Learning.

Significant changes have happened in the skills development landscape between 2011 and 2013, including:

  • The establishment of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
  • The rationalisation of the SETA framework and the strengthening of the SETA administration controls
  • The establishment of a consolidated national qualifications framework
  • The shift of the NSDS from being a targets-driven strategy to an outcomes-driven strategy
  • Moving towards a Green Economy

Contact Details 

Tel : 012 312 5222

Fax : 086 298 9641

Email :

Branch Co-ordinator of Skills Development

Acting Branch Co-ordinator: Sibande Duma

012 312 5341

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