The Department of Higher Education and Training will provide at least 100,000 theoretical and practical workplace training opportunities for young people across the country.
“Learners will receive an apprenticeship allowance regulated under the National Minimum Wage Act, including apprenticeship.
“We will also prioritize a minimum of 10,000 TVET [Technical and Vocational Education and Training] students, who will be placed in various sectors of our economy, in conjunction with the Education and Training Sector Authority (Setas) from 1 April 2022,” said Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, who briefed the media on the work of the government’s social group. after the President’s State of the Nation Address.
Phaahla said the government has also increased incentives for employers to take on more learners.
“Last year in April the government increased the Apprenticeship Grant from R165,000 to R206,290 to employers taking on apprentices for the duration of the apprenticeship. We did this to encourage employers to turn their workplaces into training spaces.
“This advances the work of the National Skills Accord and the Youth Employment Accord signed on July 13, 2011 and April 18, 2013 respectively, where companies committed to making 12,000 places available. or internship places for students completing their certificates in TVET colleges,” he said.
An official list of South African Essential Skills will be released shortly.
“The Department of Higher Education and Training and the Department of Home Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2020 to facilitate the development of the Core Skills List.
“The list has been the subject of public debate in recent weeks. We are here to announce that the list will be officially available from today [Thursday, 24 February]and the Department of Higher Education will unpack it in the coming days,” Phaahla said.