As distinct from the previous National Skills Development Strategies, the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) has been crafted in a policy context of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the White Paper on
Post School Education and Training (WP-PSET). There is an explicit acknowledgement that South Africa needs to join hands and minds to generate the solutions to our challenges. The slogan of the NDP emphasises this cooperative paradigm in “Our Future – Make It Work”.
Making it work is our collective responsibility. All South Africans seek a better future for themselves and their children. The NSDP is key to enabling government and social partners to contribute towards economic growth, employment creation and social development. The entire post school system has been the focus of a significant and radical improvement in the quality of education and training.
The NDP calls for such an improvement in the quality of education and training to enhance the capabilities of our people so that they are active participants in developing the potential of the country.
The vision implicit in this is that by growing the economy faster, more people will be drawn into and will create work; thereby raising living standards for all, but particularly of the poor. The NSDP is informed by this vision and proposes that an understanding and determination of the demands of the labour market and of national priorities must be interpreted into appropriate interventions from education and training institutions.
The NSDP and the new SETA Landscape will be ushered in on 1 April 2020. This new dispensation will bringabout changes with regards to the leadership and governance in Skills Development. SETAs will remain an authoritative voice of the labour market and experts in their respective sectors. For the country to achieve high levels of economic growth and address unemployment, poverty and inequality, social partners must work together to invest in skills development in order to achieve the vision set in the NSDP of an educated, skilled and capable workforce for South Africa.