The National Development Plan (NDP) envisages that by 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality to produce highly skilled individuals.

The NDP focuses on giving effect to existing laws and policies by improving their implementation as well as identifying the need for key stakeholders to work together to overcome obstacles to improving performance.

Vision 2030 is not only for government – it requires the involvement of all sectors of society as well as an active citizenry. It also requires increased communication and trust between sectors, with government playing a major, catalysing role in these initiatives.

South Africa is currently grappling with concerns about environmentally sustainable growth, inequality and decent work opportunities. Poverty, inequality and unemployment continue to negatively affect the lives of many. Too few have work, investment is too slow and education lags behind our requirements. Skills shortages raise economic costs and perpetuate inequalities. The poor quality of education perpetuates the cycle of limited job opportunities, thus impeding progress towards transforming the economy.

Despite certain measures, such as employee tax incentives and attempts to improve accessibility to quality training, the South African economy is still subject to a myriad of l skills shortages. These challenges constrain investment, job creation and growth.

One of the government’ s key plans is to ensure that there is synergy between the needs of the economy and the skills produced by the post-school articulation policy. This strategy aims to ensure greater cooperation between the different components of post-school education.

Vision 2030 is about transformation, achieving a cycle of confidence and trust, a growing economy and expanding opportunities.

Since its inception SERR Synergy has embarked on a long-term research agenda hallmarked by innovation and aimed at developing training programmes that equip learners with the skills needed by businesses to realise our national vision for 2030. We focus not only on fulfilling our national transformation agenda, but also on incorporating developments critical to enhancing our global competitiveness and meeting our development objectives.

We follow a three-pronged approach in the development of training programmes and incorporate a development component aligned with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR) into all of our training modules. The inclusion of this content aims to meet the future requirements of businesses, employees and workplaces. This approach will assist with filling the gap created by inferior basic education and improve South Africa’s ability to meet the international competitive requirements driven by technology.

ur aim is to shift focus away from current development models that fail to encourage the development of skills that enable employees to be internationally competitive. Instead, we prepare them for a revolution in thinking, execution and skills application. A development initiative cannot be said to be effective if it operates within a vacuum. If we do not deliver useful skills configured for future requirements, our economy will continue to haemorrhage job-creation growth opportunities.

We are a proud partner of the Youth Employment Service (YES) launched in 2018 and have reconfigured some of the modules offered by the initiative to encapsulate our vision of being futuristically aligned. This has required interventions to ensure acumen and talent development. We are well aware that if we cannot teach our youth problem-solving skills, we will not break the unsatisfactory cycles of the past.

SERR Synergy averages 600 learnership programmes for black unemployed youths per year. Thanks to our unique induction and mentoring interventions, we have achieved phenomenal completion and absorption rates of these unemployed learners, who had generally been regarded as untrainable and unemployable.

We are very proud of our unique retainer training product which will be launched shortly. This product provides businesses with the opportunity to continuously train their staff in accredited, priority, critical and scarce skills aligned with their core business activities. The courses are diverse enough to cover the full spectrum of development and international skills development standards and meet the 4th IR requirements. Apart from upskilling staff, these new generation skills development courses are recognised for skills development purposes in terms of the broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecards and will come into consideration for discretionary SETA grants.

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