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Skills Strategy: Support for the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

Skills development is critical not only in driving South Africa’s economic recovery and reconstruction, but also in sustaining it” (Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, 2020)

Labour Market Intelligence Research Programme


The skills strategy sets out key interventions to ensure the effective implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP). It is intended to ensure that skills are not a constraint to economic development and therefore proposes interventions and actions that address occupational shortages and skills gaps in the labour market. More importantly, the strategy supports the implementation of the ERRP in ways that both maximise opportunities for new entrants to the labour market and promote the preservation of existing jobs and the creation of new jobs.

The skills strategy focuses on those interventions that facilitate access to skills development and workplace-based learning (WBL) programmes for large numbers of young people in order to boost job creation and improve employability. Given the unacceptably high numbers of young South Africans who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), it is imperative to expand access to WBL programmes (e.g., internships) and to improve employability through the provision of work readiness and other kinds of skills development programmes.

The strategy consists of two dimensions, each of which outlines interventions and actions that support the implementation of the ERRP: Dimension 1: Interventions focused on the provision of targeted E&T programmes; and Dimension 2: Interventions focused on enabling and supporting education-to-work transitions.

This publication covers

  • Purpose
  • Mandate for the skills strategy
  • Approach to the development of the skills strategy
  • Overview of interventions and activities
  • Implementation