What are the most sought after skills in the South African job market?

The Department of Higher Education has listed a number of careers it recommends young South Africans pursue in order to boost their job prospects.

It has identified 370 occupations out of a total of 1 500 that it believes are in high demand.

Joanne Joseph spokes to Dr Hersheela Narsee, acting deputy director-general of policy at Higher Education, to find out more.

We need engineers, ICT specialists, people in the medical field and managers in many sectors across the economy.

Dr Hersheela Narsee, acting deputy director-general of policy at Higher Education

We need people with expertise in matters related to energy and the environment and then at an intermediary level of skill we need clerks, chefs, tourists, mechanics, all sorts of artisans...

Dr Hersheela Narsee, Acting deputy director-general of policy at Higher Education

Narsee says bursaries provide an incentive for students to pursue these related courses.

We also do quite a bit of information sharing through our careers initiative to inform younger people about these occupations that are in high demand with the hope that they will choose these occupations.

Dr Hersheela Narsee, acting deputy director-general of policy at Higher Education

Click on the link below to listen to hear more from Narsee....


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