Enterprise training

SOURCE: Human resources development review 2003: education, employment and skills in South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Badroodien
KEYWORDS: EDUCATION, ENTERPRISE TRAINING, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Web link: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=1981
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2519

If you would like to obtain a copy of this Research Output, please contact Hanlie Baudin at researchoutputs@hsrc.ac.za.

Abstract

This chapter considers the status and distribution of enterprise training in South Africa against the backdrop of training provision in the apartheid era, and the promulgation of a new skills development regime post-1994. Using recent enterprise training surveys as the basis of the analysis, the chapter finds that reasonable progress is being made with training in large and medium-sized firms, and a significant turnaround in training is occurring at the intermediate level, through the new learner ship system. Less impressive has been the participation of small firms in the levy-grant system. The analysis shows that training in largely provided through in-house, short course and employer-specific instruction that is unlikely to upgrade the skills base of the workforce in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework. In addition, the beneficiaries of key forms of training remain white and male, particularly in positions requiring high skills. These findings suggest that the implementation of the new skills development regime has only just begun.