Welcome back to work to all our Skills Portal and Skills Universe members. I hope you have had a productive start to the year and that 2010 treats you well!
Someone who has already been busy in 2010 is Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande. He has announced a number of initiatives to assist young people who are struggling to access education and training after leaving school. He has allocated R500 million from the National Skills Fund to a youth training scheme and has asked the Setas to match that figure from their funds.
In an exclusive interview with the Skills Portal, the department’s director-general Mary Metcalfe explains their priorities for the year, and appointing a CEO to run the National Skills Fund is near the top of the agenda.
Will making someone responsible for the National Skills Fund solve the skills funding problem, or are there other steps the department of Higher Education and Training should be taking? Is spending money on re-teaching learners who couldn’t achieve university passes the best use of the skills development funds?
What do you think?