Skills Development Facilitators in South Africa

What is Critical Skills?

2853101_origWhat are Critical Skills?

According to the Framework for Identifying and Monitoring Scarce and Critical Skills [DHET, 2005, p.7], critical skills refer to particular capabilities needed within an occupation, for example, general management skills, communication and customer handling skills, teamwork skills, problem solving [cognitive skills], communication [e.g., language and literacy skills] and technology skills. Scarce skills are addressed by equipping people with registered qualifications on the national qualifications framework (NQF) such as degrees, diplomas or certificates or part qualifications, while critical skills can be acquired through registered part-qualifications or nonregistered short courses which can include individual modules within a qualification.