My view is that in order to address this serious skills shortage, we have to begin to distinguish between skilled and semi- skilled workers. The ideal is to have skilled workers only but i think our situation ( poverty and unemployment) warrents economically active citezens.
The economic and industry sectors can do much better with more semi skilled workers who can earn an income and improve the livelyhoods of many more South Africans. An electrical contracter does not only need qualified electricians. In fact evryone qualified electrician could be seen as a teamleader with five or more semi-skilled workers under his/ her supervision.
I do not think that trying to enskill everyone to a level of being a qulaified artisan is a not a realisticapproach to resolve our problems of poverty, crime and unemployment.
Another concern i have is that the FET colleges that are seen to be key in addressing the county’s skill shortages are actually ending many lecturers and teachers services due to the various institutions financial constraints.
The harsh reality for us is that despite the skills shortages we face in our country we are unable to provide for skills development needs as institutions are unable to impact on this big need. Why should colleges have to let lecturers go? Add this to a heavily politicised education system and see how commercialised and institutionalised learning contribute to poverty, crime and unemployment.
This conevrsation could endless so this is all i have for now.