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National Skills Conference: Celebrating a decade of Skills Empowerment

by lloyd last modified 2008-10-14 13:17

National Skills Conference: Celebrating a decade of Skills Empowerment

14 October 2008


Ten solid years of government skills empowerment come to a climax this week as the skills training fraternity will be gathering over three days starting tomorrow (Wed) not only to reflect and take stock of the past decade’s activities, but to celebrate with high quality exhibitions.


The skills summit, whose theme is “Reflection on a decade of skills development in preparing for the future”, could not have come at a more exciting period in the country’s job creation and poverty alleviation activities.


While each summit, since the launch in 2001 of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS), has always ensured a step forward in the government and its social partners’ quest for a self-reliant and employable society, this year’s gathering will be unique in several aspects.


It comes at a time when the government has hugely maximised its skills empowerment delivery involvement in almost every aspect. 


As the current NSDS 2005-10 programme gradually rolls towards its end, this convention provides delegates an opportunity to actively contribute in planning ahead for the coming 2010-15 programme.


The conference also takes place at the backdrop of the government’s renewed economic growth efforts in the form of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa).


Jipsa is the skills empowerment arm of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative South Africa (Asgisa), an initiative that primarily fast-tracks the country’s economic growth.


While the conference itself is open to the invited delegates only, the exhibitions are free and open to members of the public to witness exhibitors from various parts of the country displaying their ware. The media is invited.


Full details of venue, time and directions are packaged in the attachment.

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