The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC) is a national, 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, representatives from organised labour and 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
Plenary is chaired by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, with two deputy chairpersons. The first deputy chairperson is appointed by the Deputy President at the inaugural meeting of the Plenary of Council. He/She automatically will also chair the Executive Committee (EXCO). The second deputy chairperson is selected through a process whereby Council members submit names to the Secretariat for consideration by the Deputy President within 30 days of the inaugural meeting of the Plenary of Council. The Deputy President announces the appointment of the second deputy chair at the plenary meeting of the Council following its inaugural meeting. Government, civil society sectors, organised business, professional bodies, higher education institutions, research communities, co-opted members and organised labour are represented in the HRDC.
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.
The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa is supported by an Executive Committee (EXCO), which provides both strategic and technical information and advice to and executes decisions on behalf of the council. The EXCO oversees and monitor execution of Council decisions. The EXCO will, as and when necessary enlist the expertise required to execute the decisions of the council by establishing working groups known as Standing Committees (SCs). The Standing Committees (SCs) are established to investigate, conduct research on identified priority areas, make recommendations that are then discussed by, first the EXCO and then Council. These Committees are accountable to the EXCO and cover all areas including, but not limited to, the following:
- Education, training and skills development;
- • Research, monitoring and surveillance of 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.
Established to create a link between the HRDC and HRD activities at provincial level.
HRDC’s formal relationships with Provincial Human Resource Development Councils is 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.
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.