The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC) is a national, multi-tiered and multi-stakeholder advisory body chaired by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. It is managed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training. The HRDC was established in March 2010 to facilitate conditions that promote the optimal participation of all stakeholders in the planning, stewardship, monitoring and evaluation of HRD activities in the country. Membership is based on a five-year term and is constituted by a number of Government Ministers senior business leaders, organised labour and representatives from academia as well as civil society who serve on the HRD Council. One of the Council’s key responsibilities is to build the human resource development base required to ensure a prosperous and inclusive South African society and economy, focusing on the development of strategy. Council creates a platform where social partners can engage to find ways to address bottlenecks in the development of human resources and skills in South Africa. In essence, it must ensure that all relevant policies, programmes, projects, interventions and strategies are streamlined and optimised to support overall government objectives rather than merely sectoral imperatives.
Structure of the HRDC
Constitutes the highest-level leadership of the HRDC and is chaired by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. Appointed by the Deputy President in consultation with Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Respected people from any constituency of Council who have influence, with social standing and have the ability to create buy in for the work of Council. Nominated by Council in line with their expertise. Link Council, EXCO, Standing Committees and external stakeholders relevant to their work area.
Oversees and monitors the execution of Council decisions. Plans and organises the work of Council. Reports to and be directly accountable to the Plenary.
The HRDC is supported by the Executive Committee (EXCO) that provides strategic and technical advice to Council and executes the decisions of Council. As and when necessary, the Executive Committee (EXCO) establishes Standing Committees (SCs) to enlist expertise needed to execute the decisions of Council. The Standing Committees are accountable to the Executive Committee. Their composition depends on the nature and scope of the work that the EXCO tasks them to undertake. They provide expert advice and carry out the decisions of the EXCO regarding:
- Education, training and skills development;
- Research, monitoring and surveillance of job/labour market trends;
- Communications; and
- Any other areas as directed by the EXCO.
Currently the EXCO has established 2 Standing Committees as follows:
The EXCO is also managing the following projects of the HRDC
- Partnerships between Higher Education institutions and Industry
Standing Committees are established to implement the priority Projects set by Council. They are constituted to reflect the nature of the HRDC’s social partnership and comprise of experts across the social partner spectrum. Standing Committees only exist until they have achieved their brief and new ones are established with new priorities.
Carries out its strategic, technical, administrative and logistical functions as directed by the Plenary. It provides strategic, technical, administrative and logistic support to the Council and its structures. It assumes responsibility for, among other aspects, management of the multi-sectoral response to human resource development matters and of the allocated funds to fulfil HRDC’s functions in terms of the multi-sectoral HRD implementation plan.
Established with the mandate of creating a link between the HRDC and HRD activities at provincial level.
HRDC’s formal relationships with Provincial Human Resource Development Councils shall be decided by the Plenary in consultation with such Councils. There are also provincial Councils and a coordinating Forum of all the provinces. The Secretariat is responsible for supporting these structures and enabling recommendations to be taken forward by relevant stakeholders and then reporting on implementation.