Overview of the mandateThe e-Skilling the nation is being done in relation to national priorities that are critical to the development of South Afrca and benefit of the socio-economic position of the total population.
The following constitutes iNeSI mandates goals:
- Employment readines - aimed at improving the employement figures for graduates from tertiary institutions and shortening the time from employment to productivity. It refers totwo aspects of employment readiness: ability to get the job (or to start small business) and skills to do the work.
- Effective e-government and service delivery - aimed at effecctive use of ICT for service delivery that is developmental, agile, competent and citizen-centric. It will result in government having better communication with the people of South Africa thus focusing service delivery on real needs.
- Business development - aimed at providing skills needed within corporates and small, medium business and micro-enterprises (SMMEs). The intention is:
- Socio-economic development - aimed at increasing national productivity and competitiveness (more competitive workforce), which should increase return in ICT investments. Another aim is to increase the uptake of online (e-government) services, as well as to support the creation of relevant (local) content by more educated and cohesive citizens.
- Research and development - aimed at informing policy and curriculum development, defining applications and evaluating process. The research should be collaboratively useful across government departments and all stakeholders and presented in a user friendly, accessible way.
Focus on SMMEs
Small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) account for a large percentage of all privately-owned enterprise in South Africa, contributing signficantly to GDP and formal employment. There are signficant opportunities to increases SMME efficiency by leveraging ICT. e-Skills for SMME development is an important focus area due to the sector's contribution to economic growth and employment.
The immediate task is to significant increase the limited e-literacy across the country. This will increase efficiency and profitability within SMMEs. Increasing the general level of e-literacy among youth, the disadvantage, and rural communities will lead to more micro-enterprise development and opportunities to develop a collaborative 'Train the Trainer' mindset.
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