National Skills Fund allocates R100 million to provide digital learning space

The National Skills Fund (NSF), in partnership with the Presidency, has allocated R100 million for the President’s Youth Employment Initiative, which will benefit 4,500 learners in the digital learning space.

Briefing the media on the learning and training opportunities offered by the Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (SETA) on Friday, the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the NSF had committed R200 million to the job creation initiative between the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Department of Employment and Labour, through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Nzimande said the project will benefit more than 5,000 unemployed youths.

A significant number of requests for proposals have been published in the press inviting skills development providers to participate in projects, which aim to educate and empower workers, and assist the disabled community.

“The total value of this project is over R200 million and will help over 2,000 beneficiaries,” Nzimande said.

He said the NSF has finalized an important policy, which will regulate unsolicited proposals, initiated by skills development providers, through their creativity and innovation in skills development.

“NSF’s area of ​​unsolicited proposals cuts across and will fund a wide range of skills development providers, including churches and other cultural and community development projects. We have received many of these proposals, and they are currently under review for due diligence.

“The total amount allocated to unsolicited proposals will exceed R1.5 billion in the current financial year. We estimate that this will benefit over 20,000 beneficiaries in various areas of skills development.”

Nzimande said the department is also working with the Catholic Church, through their Thabiso Skills Centers and the Methodist Church, to provide much needed skills to communities.

“We further intend to partner with other faith-based organizations to continue our skills development effort.”

Community Colleges of Education and Training Summit

Nzimande will host a National Summit on Community Education and Training Colleges (CET), to be held on March 8-9, 2022.

The summit, which is the first of its kind, aims to engage with strategic partners to use community education learning centers to massively roll out skills programs.

Nzimande said he wanted the summit to identify priorities for dedicated CET infrastructure, program accreditation, speaker capacity, partnerships and information management systems for proper monitoring and reporting.

“I emphasize this because all our SETAs will play a central role in supporting our CET sector in the massification of skills development in our country, in particular within the framework of the skills strategy.

“During our recent meeting with SETA, we concretized their support for CET colleges in short, medium and long-term community projects.

“For more training and skills development opportunities offered by SETAs, I invite all South Africans to interact with our SETAs through their websites and that of the Department of Higher Education and Training. ‘address www.dhet.gov.za’,

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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