The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Skills

"The only way out of the cycle of unemployment, poverty and inequality which is undermining South Africa’s future is to achieve higher and more labour intensive levels of economic growth. Among other things, this requires dramatically expanding the pool of skills available to the South African economy. There are two main ways of achieving this. The first, and most important, is to equip South Africans with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, and the ability to use them productively. This will enable them to reach their full human potential, and contribute to national development. The second is to compensate for South Africa’s existing skills shortage by recruiting skilled people from abroad.However, this report focuses on two aspects of skills development other than basic education: technical and vocational education and training (TVET); and the role of immigration in augmenting the South African skills pool. We have chosen vocational education because South Africa has both a chronic shortage of mid-level technical skills and a crisis of youth unemployment. In order to address these growth constraints, the country needs a viable educational route accessible enough and of high enough quality to be an attractive alternative to degree or diploma studies."