THE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SECRETARIAT CHAIRED THE HRD PROVINCIAL COORDINATING FORUM MEETING IN CAPE TOWN.
Western Cape –The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Secretariat officiated the Human Resource Development Provincial Coordination Forum (HRDPCF) Meeting on the 25th of January 2019, held at the Interactive Community Access Network (I-CAN) Centre, Halt Road, Elsies River, Cape Town. The meeting was chaired by HRDC Head of Secretariat Ms. Brenda Ntombela.
The HRDPCF meeting deliberated on progress made in the implementation of Human Resource Development projects in the Western Cape, presentations on National list of Occupation in High Demand, the I-CAN Centre and HRDC Secretariat Monitoring and Evaluation.
The Western Cape highlighted its ‘game changer’ provincial approach to skills development and apprenticeships focusing on school learners, students in institutions of higher learning and the unemployed people in the province. The province is also using the apprenticeships to meet the demand from the unemployed youth. The presentation highlighted the partnerships between the province and the employers in the private sector. The province has funding for 300 hundred learners for the year 2019. The key sectors for skills development in the province include Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Energy, Information Communication and Technology and Tourism.
National list of Occupations in High Demand presentation by the Department of Higher Education and Training put emphasis on the critical skills that are needed in the job market in the country in order to minimize the impact of unemployment. The research conducted by the team on the National list of Occupations in High Demand showed that 28% of individuals work in occupations for which a higher level of qualification would be required.
The I-CAN Centre is a public access facility funded by the Western Cape Government, it provides citizens of all ages with various digital services and access to modern technology. The Centre has trained 6785 students in digital and modern technology.
The presentation by the HRDC Monitoring and Evaluation unit was mainly on the performance of provinces with regards to HRD related matters and work streams. The unit presented analysis on Artisan development, production of professional, Foundation learning, production of academics, Industry partnership, Worker education, Small Medium Enterprises and TVET colleges.
The HRDPCF meeting put emphasis on the alignment of stipends from different sector education and training authorities and the alignment of work done between the departments of Higher Education and training and Basic Education.
Established In July 2011, the Provincial Coordinating Forum aims to ensure the coordination, alignment and integration of the human resource development implementation plans and activities with the Provincial Growth and Development Plans (PGDP). This forum has encouraged provinces to form their own HRD Provincial Councils to be chaired by the Premiers to tackle their unique challenges and report on the implementation of the HRD Strategy towards 2030 at the provincial level. Amongst other things the forum discusses progress made by each province on the implementation of HRD initiatives and the strategy, for each quarter. The forum also provides a platform for all provinces to learn from each other and share critical problem solving practices where applicable.
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Issued by the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa.