Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training at SASCE (Southern African Society for Co-operative Education).
During his presentation on 11 May 2011 the Minister stressed the need to increase our focus on addressing skills shortages and work-based experience through a seamless and integrated system of education.
He stated that SASCE is a very important platform for bringing together a whole range of stakeholders to discuss best practice, needs and trends regarding work integrated learning within Southern Africa.
A prime example of CIPS integrating learning into the workplace is through the Corporate Award programme whereby the learners are required to apply the key competencies gained through the learning through project implementation and assessed assignments. Benefits to the organisation are the immediate return on investment, business process re-engineering and cost-saving. Benefits to the individual are the acquiring of professional benchmarked competence and the opportunity to immediately apply their learning within the workplace.
It is furthermore important to note that NSDS III has ring-fenced 10% (R800 million) of the national skills fund for training of artisans and professional practitioners (under the guidance of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations).