Consultancy deplores local skills shortage

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Technical colleges and private tertiary institutions have the daunting task of alleviating the skills shortage that is hampering the growth of the economy.

Nchebeko Skills Consultancy chief executive Simon Mabelane said this when he addressed teachers from Vhembe schools at Vuwane community hall near Thohoyandou.

He said this during the South African Democratic Teachers Union district meeting on Wednesday.

"South Africa lacks industrial skills needed to grow the economy. Students graduating from technical and private colleges often find good jobs waiting for them," said Mabelane.

Mabelane said about 75percent of the workforce in South Africa lacked skills to help improve the economy.

He said because of the skills shortage, South Africa imports 80percent of the goods from other countries.

"Teachers should urge their students to enrol with technical colleges to gain skills in order to be employable and take part in the economy of this country," Mabelane said.

The Nchebeko Skills Consultancy, in conjunction with the Labour Department, had offered technical and management skills to 15000 people in and outside Limpopo, since 2003.

About 3500 people, mainly from the rural areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, had acquired building and construction skills from the institution.

About 75percent of the graduates were now able to provide for their families because of the skills acquired from Nchebeko.

Provincial health department spokesman, Phuti Seloba, said: "We need colleges such as Nchebeko because with them we can fight the skills shortage."