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Millions to Boost Skills Development
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Friday, December 02, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 02, 2011

Oliphant explained that the funding indicates government’s commitment to skills development and that it is aligned to potential jobs that can be created in the manufacturing sector.


The minister further announced that government will provide funding to the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) to train a total 1 000 candidates over a period of three years.


“Both agreements indicate a grand total of R129 million – a huge investment in skills development,” she explained.


The funding agreements follow the successful completion of courses that the UIF beneficiaries undertook under the Training of the Unemployed Scheme, which was launched in 2009.


The investment is informed by the country’s New Growth Path’s (NGP) projections of massive job opportunities of key drivers for job creation.


“The skills you now possess will be in demand in order to achieve the objectives of the NGP,” she said. Cabinet adopted the NGP in October last year.


The minister challenged the graduates to become employment creators’ instead of just being employees.


“The country needs entrepreneurs. The skills that you possess will also enable you to be employers as well,” adding that other government departments like trade and industry have funds to assist start-up businesses.


The Training of the Unemployed Scheme was launched at the height of the economic recession which saw multitudes of South Africans losing their jobs.


The aim of the scheme was to improve the skills levels of UIF beneficiaries. The UIF beneficiaries were drawn from the UIF’s database.
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