Worker Education

Worker Education

Worker Education


Problem Statement:

There is no clear collective vision on an integrated, accredited and non-accredited worker education and training framework in South Africa. As a result no national coordinated and integrated Policy and Legislative Framework is available to guide and support the implementation of worker education and training.



To propose appropriate measures on how to improve the provision of an integrated, accredited and non-accredited National Worker Education and Training Framework and Implementation Plan.

Key Issues Emerging

The Worker Education Framework is underpinned by the three pillars of worker education namely:

  • Worker education:Focus is on the understanding of worker rights and interests, through their membership of trade unions, and the advancement of their socio-economic-political wellbeing as the working class
  • Employee training:Focus is on the training and development of employees’ skills within their workplace, sector and in the broader society
  • Joint worker/management education:Focus is on the development of joint education and training programmes to address issues and realities of workers and management, and their organisations

The aim is seen in the context of allowing progression in human resource and skills development and vocational education and training in equipping recipients/citizens with the requisite human resources and skills to overcome related scourges of poverty, deep inequalities and unemployment, for the consideration and approval of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC).

Expected Outcomes

The Worker Education Technical Task Team commissioned a Worker Education Study with the following deliverables:

  • To conduct an analysis and attain a common understanding of the current provision and understanding of the three pillars namely Worker Education Ideology, Employee Education and Joint Worker Education within the Worker Education and Training context
  • To conduct a study on global/international practice in the Worker Education environment focusing on the above three pillars
  • To compare and consolidate the analysis report on the current system and the benchmarking report
  • To define a common vision for National Worker Education Framework
  • To produce a National Integrated Worker and Education and Training Framework and costed Implementation Plan