The Sector Skills Plan (SSP) Update is an annual report approved by the HWSETA board which is constituted by representatives from labour, employers and government (Department of Social Development, Department of Health). The annual update is aimed at providing current sector skills development needs initially set out in the Five Year Sector Skills Plan. Furthermore, it is aimed at aligning sector-based skills needs and programmes with government’s economic and social development priorities enshrined in the New Growth Path (hereafter NGP) and Medium Term Strategic Framework (hereafter MTSF).
It also grapples with requirements set out by the Department of Higher Education and Training in the National Skills Development Strategy III (hereafter NSDS III). That said, it is assuring that this journal will provide a useful source of information for the HWSETA, stakeholders and wider audience, moving forward.