South Africa: The Department of Higher Education and Training held a Master Skills Plan (MSP) internal workshop at the Protea Fire & Ice earlier this morning.
The Master Skills Plan is expected to serve as a high-level, country-wide, coordinated response to key skills needs identified for economic and social development.
The workshop was attended by the Director General, Deputy Director Generals, Chief Directors, Regional Managers and Directors responsible for skills planning in each branch to learn more about the purpose of the plan, discuss the research questions posed and reflect on the approach to the development of the plan.
During the presentation of the draft concept note by Director, Policy Planning and Monitoring, Ms Mmamphokhu Khuluvhe highlighted that the National Skills Development plan aims to improve access to occupations in high demand and priority skills aligned to supporting economic growth, employment creation and social development, whilst also seeking to address systemic considerations.
Sharing the background and context of the workshop, the Deputy Director General responsible for the Skills Branch, Mr Zukile Mvalo, said that the MSP will bring about a high degree of coherence, rationalisation, effective and efficient use of resources in skills planning and delivering system in the country.
Addressing the Master Skills Plan workshop, Director General Dr Nkosinathi Sishi said that there is a need for the department to develop directions to be taken and to also look for angels in innovation and science.