With South Africa’s labour force declining by 219 000 people in the first half of 2016*, the pool of qualified and skilled individuals is becoming increasingly smaller. This emphasises the importance of skills development in order to get the most out of every employee. Professionals from various industries will address the country’s skills shortage at the tenth annual Skills Development Summit hosted by Achiever Magazine and the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA). The Summit is set to take place on 25 and 26 August 2016, at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Tshwane.

This year’s annual Skills Development Summit will set the stage for multi-disciplinary skills and training discussions, unveiling a clear vision for skills development in South Africa. It will integrate the need for developing skills, creating jobs and growing the economy. “The 2016 Summit will provide a game-changing and practical vision focussing on inclusivity and social transformation, while maintaining competitive international standards to which South Africans need to aspire to,” says Beverley Stone, Event Manager at Cape Media, organisers of the Skills Development Summit. “It is a workshop that will mould the economic future of the country,” she continues.

The Summit will comprise of interactive workshops where business owners, high-level managers and key executives from the corporate as well as the private sector will be introduced to skills training programmes across the board. Top trainers and experts will share valuable insights and provide delegates with a roadmap to the latest trends in skills development. Participants will be equipped with the know-how and expertise required to make a meaningful contribution to the workplace and, by extension, to the South African economy as a whole.

“Without new skills, the South African economy cannot grow. However, with a good human resources plan and sustainable skills development in place, businesses and companies can unlock the potential of the South African workforce. This will ensure that the country stands up and takes its place as a serious player in the global economy, as well as fulfilling its destiny as the true gateway to Africa,” says Stone.

Peter Ndoro, SABC News Anchor and Producer, will be the programme director for this year’s Summit and will guide the activities throughout the two-day event. Other keynote speakers will include Maphefo Anno-Frempong, CEO of Transport Education Training Authority; Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport and Recreation; Brenda Ntombela, Head of Secretariat of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa and Jeff Radebe, Minister of Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration.

The first day of the event will provide an industrial approach to skills development. Various business case studies and enterprise development success stories will be discussed by industry experts. The second day will focus on the opportunities for skills development, both market-driven and within the professional sector. The event will conclude with the Achiever Awards ceremony, where influencers will be recognised and honoured for their impeccable contribution within their different industries.

“A strategic human resources mindset needs to be applied and developed from an organisational, a national and, ultimately, a continental view,” adds Stone. “This will require an innovative, structured and creative conversation between multiple social, political and economic stakeholders. The Summit is the perfect platform for this conversation.”

“The Summit is an essential networking platform and information gathering opportunity,” says Stone. “Businessmen and woman from all industries, public and private training providers, and anyone with an interest in skills development should not miss the skills development event of the year,” she concludes.

To attend the conference, become an exhibitor or an event sponsor, contact Rudi Balie (rudi.balie@capemedia.co.za) or Beverley Stone (beverley@capemedia.co.za) on 021 681 7000. The 2016 Skills Development Summit can be followed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SkillsSummit) and Twitter (@Skills_Summit).

For additional information on the event and the sponsors, visit http://www.skillssummit.co.za.

* Statistics South Africa. 2016. Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), 2nd Quarter 2016. [Online] Available from: http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0211/P02112ndQuarter2016.pdf [Accessed: 2016-08-05].