Skills Development Summit


As the 11th skills development summit approaches, 2017 is set to highlight the ever increasing need for investment in skills development in the face of new trends, issues and skills shortages. The summit aims to provide answers and solutions to the many challenges facing South Africa.

Currently South Africa faces an ever-increasing shortage of skilled workers in almost every sector. This highlights the importance in the investment of skills development programs to address these shortfalls and add much needed capacity to our economy. There is a need for Development within a framework of inclusivity and development that is transformative.

Within this framework is the need for the empowerment of women and those with disabilities. Currently women account for 57% of those unemployed and such gender imbalances hamper efforts to grow a sustainable economy. Already there has been a drive to empower women in various sectors such as science, technology and tourism, as well as giving women from impoverished communities entrepreneurial and workmanship skills in order to make them self sustainable.

A key issue facing our country is the future of the youth, who face uncertainty and high unemployment rates. The investment in developing the youth provides a stable future foundation for our economy as traditional qualifications and job criteria are being replaced with technology. The skills summit aims to highlight the importance of the creation of suitably qualified individuals to play a key role in our evolving economy.

As the business world moves to an increasingly technological and digital era, so too must the development in digital skills increase. Currently South Africa is ranked 65th out of 139 countries in ICT infrastructure and skills, yet nonetheless suffer from very low rates of digital literacy. Investment in these skills will aid the country in building a new digital economy.

The issues raised in this summit impact all stakeholders from the employee to government. It is an event of national importance that is why the Skills Development Summit is an event not to be missed for every serious player in the skills development space.