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Public Works Boosts Social Sector Skills Base
Source: Gov Info
Source Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 28, 2011

"They will also make commitments and a pledge at the end of the summit so that they can be held accountable." 

EPWP social sector director, Pearl Lukwago-Mugerwa, said the summit will also discuss best approaches and mechanisms to provide quality, accredited training using approved programme training budgets and National Skills Fund (NSF) budget allocation. 

"We will also look into other significant ways of doing things differently while implementing this EPWP social sector programme because we are determined to cultivate professionals from our informal programmes," she said. 

Chief executive officer of the Education Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA), Nombulelo Nxesi, said the summit came at the relevant time. 

"This summit came at a critical time when government requires all of us to consolidate and work together in order to realise the outcome of sustainable job creation. 

"It was long overdue; we have been working as individuals, now the summit brought all of us together to forge and strengthen our working friendship to ensure that our service providers deliver quality training."

Nxesi said the department should continue to play a leading role by providing a strategic direction and widely communicated vision.

The EPWP social sector has set a target of training 15 000 beneficiaries in the 2011/12 financial year. Currently, 8 000 benefiaries are on training in different social sector programmes such as the Home Based Community Care, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Community Safety Programme. 

Public Works Deputy Director-General, Stanley Henderson, said the quality training provided to beneficiaries will maximise their opportunities to access formal employment by contributing significantly to poverty alleviation. 

The objectives of the social sector training and capacity building summit are to understand the roles and responsibilities of EPWP social sector strategic partners in the effective co-ordination, facilitation and delivery of quality training. 

Identifying the means to facilitate the uptake of identified accredited training programmes, strengthening advocacy on recruitment and selection of learners to mention, but a few. 

The summit is being held under the theme "Ensuring Quality and Sustainable Skills Development Interventions to Build a Skilled Workforce and Combat Poverty". 

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