NEMISA is part of the solution to SA’s e-skills challenge
The South African e-skills challenge: e-Skills (digital skills) need to be developed across South Africa – on various levels and within various sectors and industries.
The current context: Organisations within business, civil society and parts of the government have been running e-skills training initiatives. These are usually run separately from one another. They are also usually done as a reaction to a specific issue or gap that was identified within the entity’s own environment.
The challenge with individual e-skills training interventions: With all the separate e-skills training initiatives, there is a lot of duplication – of the types of training, of the material created, and of the gaps trying to be filled. When entities work alone, they make pockets of impact, focused on single priorities. They also use a lot of resources to make this ‘single pocket’ impact. This is not sustainable nor does it take the bigger e-skills picture into account.
Questions about individual e-skills training interventions:
- Does the single entity know that others are doing the same training?
- Can the single entity show overall impact? Is the impact enough to make a difference?
- Do people understand why they need e-skills? Is the training certified or in the process of being certified? Is the e-skills training part of a career path?
- Are only certain geographical areas being targeted? Are only certain sectors of the population trained in certain e-skills? How will this lopsided approach ultimately impact on industry and the country?
- Is the individual effort and money being used in the best way?
NEMISA is the response to these challenges and questions: NEMISA has created a partnership framework that maximises impact, avoids duplication, fills gaps, and maximises the use of infrastructure and resources. NEMISA is a globally-recognised collaborative model that allows stakeholders to sustainably meet South Africa’s e-skilling objectives.