bladenzimandeBDLive reports that the government remains confident of meeting its target of producing 30,000 artisans per year in line with the National Development Plan, despite the challenges faced by some training institutions.  

According to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, in the past four years an average of 15,000 apprentices per year have qualified as artisans.  The government has highlighted the dearth of skilled artisans, workers and professionals as a key constraint to growing the economy and reducing SA’s unemployment rate.  Nzimande also indicated that his department was developing a dual system of apprenticeship training with assistance from German and Swiss authorities, who would help in standardising the trade curriculum content and improving the monitoring and evaluation of what artisans were trained in.

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