The overall aim of the post-school skills development plan is to improve the skills of people entering the job market or those who are employed but need to improve their skills.
The plan will see the creation of a trustworthy body for skills planning. This will help youth and adults who do not meet entry requirements for post-school programmes to get access to further studies. It will also help to improve access to on-the-job training programmes with special focus on artisan training.
Government is aware of the need to develop skills and to also ensure that the skills are of a high quality to meet the needs of employers. It therefore started the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.
The body is responsible for developing occupational qualifications and ensuring that it meets high standards. This will be done by using all the institutions that fall under the Department of Higher Education and Training. These include universities, universities of technology, colleges and the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). A National Artisan Moderating Body will ensure the production of quality artisans and also remove problems around efficient and quality trade tests.
Both these bodies will play an important role in helping to ensure that the public will have more confidence in the quality of skills development and training.
The Department is presently taking steps to strengthen the INDLELA trade-testing centre to ensure that more artisans meet the high standards required by employers in the industry.