Skills Development and Capacity Building within the Oceans Economy
Author Nwabisa Matoti
Affiliations: South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)
Source: South African Journal of Maritime Education and Training, Volume 1 Issue 1, p. 53-62
Skills development has been identified as one of the key contributors to the growth of the oceans economy. Capacity building in terms of ensuring that there are adequate resources, that is, human, physical and financial resources, to enhance the delivery of skills development initiatives is critical. The skills shortage challenge in South Africa mirrors global conditions, characterised by a mismatch between the supply and market demand for skills. South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) emphasises the need for skills development in order to enhance the economic growth that could be brought about by an expanded skills base through better education and vocational training. The maritime sector workforce needs to be adequately skilled and be able to adapt to diverse environments and technological advancements. Inroads have been made into a bid to improve skills in the maritime sector through a number of initiatives that have been launched. This article will explore these initiatives as well as challenges that still need to be addressed within the skills development and capacity building focus area.