Accelerating Artisan Training: A Response to the South African Skills Challenge

  • Salim AkoojeeEmail author
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 18)


Skills development is critical to South Africa’s development. It has been argued that South Africa’s key twin post-apartheid challenges, poverty and unemployment (RSA (Republic of South Africa) (2008) Skills development amendment act. Government Printer, Pretoria, 2008; ANC Election manifesto: 2009. African National Congress. Available at, 2009) require a level of skills development not undertaken before. This chapter explores the rationale for, the implementation of and the current potentials and challenges of an accelerated artisan skills development intervention undertaken at a manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority. Using the results of a review panel enquiry into the project, it has been found that while much has been achieved, the innovative potential of the project is muted by the immediate need to reach expansive learner targets.


Skill Development Industrial Policy Youth Unemployment Artisan Skill Public Provider 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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