NSDS I, II, and III summaries and review 1


The Vision of NSDS I was driven by six guiding principles

Lifelong learning – continually upgrading and improving
The promotion of equity – Opportunities for disadvantaged as well as advantaged
Demand driven to support and enhance productivity
Flexible – Employers, both Public and Private as well as the workers are best placed to make judgements about priorities
Partnership and cooperation between and amongst the social constituencies
Efficiency and effectiveness in delivery leading to positive outcomes for all those who invest in training and skills development

In NSDS I – The emphasis was place on equality and the need to cultivate lifelong learning in a workplace environment. Learning should be demand driven based on the needs of employees in both the public and Private sectors. The effectiveness of delivery was essential in order to ensure desired outcomes were achieved.

The vision of NSDS II was driven by five objectives as listed below

Prioritising and communicating critical skills for sustainable growth, development and equity
Promoting and accelerating quality training for all in the workplace
Promoting employability and sustainable livelihoods through skills development
Assisting designated groups, including new entrants to participate in accredited work, integrated learning and work-based programmes to acquire critical skills to enter the labour market and self-employment
Improving the quality and relevance of provision

The emphasis in NSDS II was placed again on equity, quality training and skills development in the workplace. The need for the promotion of employability was identified. NSDS II also identified the need for assisting designated groups to gain knowledge and experience in a workplace environment in order to gain critical skills. The quality of the provision was identified as a problem area needing improvement

The vision of NSDS III is driven by eight objectives listed below

Establishing a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning
Increasing access to occupationally-directed programmes
Promoting the growth of a public FET college system that is responsive to sector, local, regional and national skills needs and priorities
Addressing the low level of youth and adult language and numeracy skills to enable additional training
Encouraging better use of workplace-based skills development
Encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises, worker-initiated NGO and community training initiatives
Increasing public sector capacity for improved service delivery and supporting the building of a developmental state
Building career and vocational guidance

In NSDS III the emphasis swings in the direction of institutional learning linked to occupationally directed programmes. It promotes the growth of FET Colleges in order to address national skills needs. Better use of workplace skills programmes is encouraged as is the use of worker- initiated training initiatives. Public sector improved service delivery is seen as an imperative. The issue of language and literacy is of concern in terms of enabling additional learning.

For information on the workshop “Putting skills Development III to work” contact Des on des@amsiandassociates.co.za

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  • Bosole Chidi

    I think the direction of GREEN JOBS in a Green Economy because of Climate Change is not yet properly adressed as there will be a need of skilled people in future.Time for not having skills is about to get finished.Young and future workers must pull their socks.The question of disadvantage is gone,the imbalances are no where in this dispensation.The democratic goverment has now 16 full years.African people must study and  be prepared to learn.