Archive for May 2018

What is the Meaning of Skills Development?

Skills Development in South Africa is a strategic priority for any business attempting to reach an acceptable Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment or B-BBEE level while meeting the requirements of the Skills Development Act.

What is the purpose of the Skills Development Act?

This Act was introduced by the South African government in 1998 in an attempt to rectify the high levels of unemployment and diminished interest in investing in the South African labour market due to the inequalities imposed in the past.

The purpose of the Skills Development Act for workers is to develop the skills of the South African workforce by improving career prospects, promoting self-employment and improving productivity in the workplace. Where employers are concerned the Act encourages them to use their workplaces as environments for active learning, create opportunities for employees to acquire new skills and improve overall prospects of those who have previously been excluded from training and education as a result of unfair discrimination.

Assisting with the placement of first time work-seekers and ensuring quality training is being given is also enforced by the Act.

What does Skills Development Mean?

The meaning of skills development is to identify where individuals have gaps in their skill sets and filling them through training, initiatives and education. This includes both hard skills (skills to complete specific tasks) and soft skills (more transferable skills like communication and time management).

By co-operating with the South African Qualifications Authority and institutional frameworks like SETA the Skills Development Act aims to create a skilled South African workforce that is self-sustaining through increased productivity and competitiveness in business.

Levies are granted for training, especially because the qualified training provided(according to the Act) benefits the employer and employees. The employer contributes to the Skills Development category, which contributes to their B-BBEE(BEE score), while employees build their skill set and employability.

To better understand how these levies are granted and the way in which the Skills Development Act is building a stronger South African workforce visit SERR Synergy.

Social and emotional development at Hereward College

Hereward College, which specialises in educating young people with learning disabilities and additional needs, has been praised by Ofsted inspectors who said students there “enjoy their learning” and “feel safe and protected”.  At Hereward College we believe that emotional self-awareness and resilience is central to achieving life success, independence and well-being. 


This is developed through areas such as trust, security, creativity and self-discovery.


All learners have access to Learning Mentors who support learners with their personal development in a supportive and understanding environment.


Learners discover who they are, what they like and why in one to one sessions, groups and unstructured social times.


These lifelong skills provide a platform for developing into mature and independent young adults, able to make choices, form good relationships and manage emotional responses positively.


The skills also contribute to curricular achievement, individual wellbeing, employability skills and future success.


Learners who receive emotion coaching are more likely to:


  • Perform better academically
  • Be well liked by others
  • Have fewer behavioural problems
  • Have fewer infectious illnesses
  • Be more emotionally stable
  • Be more resilient
  • Focus attention and motivate themselves.


Hereward College is a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. Since 1971 we have been offering inclusive provision and specialist facilities for both day and residential learners with complex disabilities and learning difficulties.


Our vision is to prepare our learners for the next stage of their lives, providing them with outstanding employability skills and greater control over their future. We have a focus on creating independent individuals who can make more of their own decisions about work, education, health and living.


We have extensive partnerships with employers and an expanding supported internship study programme. The internships build upon all the skills that the young people have developed in college and extend them even further in real work situations.


Political activity is also important to the Hereward community and we encourage our learners to have a ‘voice’ in the issues that affect them. We also support the Natspec and NUS campaigns which addresses the inequalities faced by young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.


We are extremely proud of the achievements of all our learners and our hugely committed and dedicated staff which support them.


For more information on full time application or residential enquiries visit or email or call 024 7642 6173.


Hereward College, Bramston Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV4 9SW

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