Skills Development Facilitators in South Africa

Skills Development Act

company-profile-iconSkills Development Act

-Published 1998 for Implementation of 1999
-Amendment – Skills Development Act – 2003
-Proposed Amendments to SETA’s June 2006
-Published 3 December 2012

The link on the SAQA website say 07 December 2010 – Skills Development Levies Act. This is however the date it was published, but it only came effective 3 December 2012


This Act was promulgated by government in 1998, in the midst of high levels of unemployment, low levels of investment in the South African labour market, pronounced disparities in income distribution, inequality of opportunity as a result of apartheid and poverty. (Brendan and Down, 2000). Through this Act, the government aimed to address two main priorities, i.e. the need to improve skills and increase productivity in order to compete successfully in the global economy, and the need to reverse apartheid imbalances and to create a more inclusive and cohesive society (Mpilo Mthethwa , 2014).

Purposes of the Skills Development Act

In line with the overall government objectives set out above, the purposes of the Act are as follows (Sec. 2(1)):

to develop the skills of the South African workforce – to improve the quality of life of workers, their prospects of work and labour mobility; to improve productivity in the workplace and the competitiveness of employers; to promote self-employment; and to improve the delivery of social services;
to increase the levels of investment in education and training in the labour market and to increase the return on that investment;
to encourage employers – to use the workplace as an active learning environment; to provide employees with the opportunities to acquire new skills; to provide opportunities for new entrants to the labour market to gain work experience; to employ persons who find it difficult to be employed;
to encourage workers to participate in learning programmes;
to improve the employment prospects of persons previously disadvantaged by unfair discrimination and to redress those disadvantages through training and education;
to ensure the quality of learning in and for the workplace;
to assist – work-seekers to find work; retrenched workers to re-enter the labour market; employers to find qualified employees;
to provide and regulate employment services.
The Republic of South Africa defines skills development as the following:

To provide an institutional framework to devise and implement national, sector and workplace strategies to develop and improve the skills of the South African work force; to integrate those strategies within the National Qualifications Framework contemplated in the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995; to provide for: learnerships that lead to recognised occupational qualifications; to provide financing of skills development by means of a levy-grant scheme and a National Skills Fund; to provide for and regulate employment services; and to provide for matters connected therewith.