S&T continues to provide high-level support & analysis to the Department of Labour
S&T's long and successful involvement in the Labour Market Skills Development Programme is deepening, explains Cape Town partner Matthew Smith.
THE NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
S&T continues to work closely with the Department of Labour
in its endeavours to deliver the National Skills Development Strategy
(NSDS). Matthew is currently involved in two separate projects that
form important components of the NSDS.
This study is currently being written up and will be published by
the Department, and available on the S&T website
In the first, Matthew is the Provincial Technical Advisor in the Western
Cape. Much of his work involves giving assistance to management as it refocuses,
re-orientates and transforms the services presently offered by the Department
to ensure that these services are in line with the NSDS. Much of this work
has involved redefining services, then developing manuals for the services,
strategising and planning their delivery, and developing systems to monitor
the delivery of these services.
The second project Matthew is involved in is called "learning pays".
The Department of Labour has commissioned Matthew to evaluate how companies
are using the Skills Levy (a key component of the National Skills Act)
to enhance their businesses.
The overall aim of the project is to illustrate the benefits that can
derive from the NSDS, and in particular to demonstrate to employers the
business benefits of workforce skills development. Key questions the study
focuses on include:
- What are the main drivers for training and development?
- What is the impact of training on the individual and the company?
- Does training impact on productivity and performance?
- Is it possible to trace the direct relationship between financial
performance of the business and investment in training?
AT PRESENT THE STUDY FOCUSES ON THREE EXAMPLES OF BEST
||South African Breweries
|A small candle making company
that has grown from a two person business to employing over a 100
candle makers, all of whom have learnt the skills whilst working for
||A medium sized printing company that has re-trained
their printing staff to ensure they have the skills to deal with the
ever-changing world of high tech printing.
|A global player, recently voted by the Financial
Mail as the best company to work with in South Africa. In part, this
reflects the fact that each year more than 85% of Breweries' workforce
attends skills development courses, ranging from a few days to several