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National Skills Development Strategy

The framework of the NSDS III 2011/12 – 2015/16 is intended to guide the development of the Sectoral Skills Plans (SSP) for adoption by September 2010.This framework should be read as a companion to the Human Resource Development South Africa (HRDSA) Draft strategy for discussion 2010 – 2030. SSPs are five-year skills development reports prepared by SETAs aimed at identifying:

  • The skills needs of industry / economic sectors (skills shortages, skills gaps and skills supply);
  • Possibilities and constraints in the effective utilisation and development of skills in relation to government’s priorities and the objectives of the HRDS, the NSDS, Provincial Growth and
  • Development Strategies (including major projects) and relevant industry / economic strategies.

The NSDS is the overarching strategic instrument for skills development and guides sector planning. These processes will culminate in the launch of the revised Strategy at the National Skills Conference in October 2010 which will be followed by the implementation of the next five-year National Skills Development Strategy.

The Department of Higher Education Training and the Learning Cape Initiative appreciates the more than 220 participants who attended the 5 sessions held across the Western Cape for their diligent and substantive participation in the consultation process.

The report presents the collective efforts of all stakeholders who participated in the NSDS III consultation sessions in the Western Cape and whose input DHET and the EDLP is exceptionally grateful for.

Provincial Skills Development Framework

The HRD spec committee for the Provincial Development Council (PDC) in July 2009 agreed that the PSDF should be a “clearing house for skills projects” and target the unemployed as a priority for skills interventions. In the medium term the PSDF will assist the co-development of the provincial Human Resource Development Strategy and alignment with the HRD provincial HRD policies, strategies and those relevant to the MEDS research.

Engineering the Cape

The LCI takes a look into the world of engineers in action packed 7 x 8-minute episodes that can be viewed individually or as a single 56-minute documentary. In the spirit of ‘Megastructures’ the Learning Cape has produced an exciting series of videos to share the story of what goes into the making of engineering marvels.

Engineers can be described as builders, adventurers and problem solvers. They are unique as they seek quicker, better and less expensive ways of completing projects. Throughout history, some of the greatest hero’s were the engineers and creators of the many wonders of the world. From the pyramids to the Great Wall of China, to the space shuttle… all of these achievements were made possible through the science and art of engineering. So who are our modern day engineering hero’s in South Africa? What are their projects and their challenges? And what does it take to become one?

Through the interviews with various roleplayers in the engineering world, we discover the combination of creativity and science that engineers utilise. As well as the attractions to the challenge of the unknown that motivates them and how they solve problems on a scale of different platforms.

The pilot episode of Engineering the Cape focuses on the new Green Point Stadium and will test how we can promote scarce and critical skills in innovative ways so that the most remote and marginalized person has access to information. A partnership with Transmedia Vision.

If you wish to obtain a copy, please contact us.

The Khayelitsha Festival

The Khayelitsha festival took place at the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha Cape Town. This event, which was marked as the first social development event in Khayelitsha to date, intended through reflecting and crystallizing, mark the genesis of Khayelitsha back to its 25years of existence as stated by the Khayelitsha festival organizers.

Red Bull Music Experience

The Learning Cape and Red Bull music experience project was an offshoot of the Learning Cape Festival 2008. The rap and music competition ran primarily in the rural areas of the province where learners at various schools stood a chance to win a trip to the Red Bull studio’s in Cape Town. At the studio the learners would get their lyrics recorded to a track by a producer provided by Red Bull. Each of the learners would walk away with incredible knowledge of how music is produced, 25 compact discs (CD) of the music they record, as well as a Digital Video Disc (DVD) of the experience. The Learners were hosted and entertained by the Learning Cape, it’s partners, friends and dignitaries of the province.