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Education, Skills Critical For Society To Progress

Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says education, training and skills development are critical as they afford society an opportunity to learn and progress.

Education, skills critical for society to progress

Speaking at the launch of the Public Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme at the University of Johannesburg on Wednesday, Dlodlo said education and skills development are key to driving socio-economic growth to achieve the goal of substantially reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment.

She called on all government departments in the public service to recruit and nurture young talent in their various competencies.

“The public service needs professionalization and cutting edge ways of doing business and the youth is a repository of such skills.

“This is more so, if we redouble our efforts in nurturing the skills and talent of our youth to prepare them for their much needed contribution towards building the country’s economy,” the Minister said.

Dlodlo described the new scheme as one of the practical initiatives proposed by the National Development Plan towards the achievement of a goal to make the Public Service a career of choice.

“As we are all aware, the National Development Plan highlights the importance of adopting a more long-term approach to developing the skills and professional ethos that underpin a development oriented public service.

“The introduction of this scheme therefore will provide a more coherent entry route for young public servants and will provide targeted training and help to build the skills and professional ethos required for the sector,” she said.

Dlodlo explained that the scheme does not seek to replace or obliterate currently existing schemes or recruitment mechanisms, such as internships, artisan programmes and other youth development initiatives in the sector.

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