Deputy President to officiate at national skills conference and awards

South African Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is officiating  at the two-day National Skills Conference and Awards Ceremony scheduled for today 23 and 24 March at St George Hotel in Pretoria.

The conference’s objective is to strengthen the skills development system and enhance productive and decent work for current and future socio-economic growth and development.

It is also to unpack the strategy principles of the proposed National Skills Development Plan in the context of current economic challenges as well as opportunities presented by the NDP and other national growth and development strategies.

The conference also seeks to deepen understanding of opportunities for synchronisation and collaboration between post-school educations, training institution and skills development bodies.

It is also envisaged that the dialogues will result in the creation of a platform for a strengthened social partnership model for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of skills development and position skills development to address rising youth unemployment.

The conference is organised by the Department of Higher Education and Training in conjunction with the National Skills Authority (NSA).

The event is attended by delegates from industry, SETAs, organised labour, education and training providers, community organisations, colleges, universities, government departments responsible for human resource development, and other strategic agencies in the skills development sector.

Deputy President Ramaphosa is also Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDCSA) and is supported by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande at the event.