n South African Journal of Labour Relations - The state of skills training in very small and microenterprises in the South African environment




In South Africa's on-going attempts to build "skills for productive citizenship for all", meeting the skills needs of microenterprises and very small enterprises is likely to prove one of the greatest challenges. This article reports on this challenge through an analysis of the findings of a survey administered to formal and non-formal enterprises with between one and ten employees to establish their owners' knowledge base, their attitude towards training and perceptions of skills needs as well as how the government's initiatives for training are utilised. Background information on the skills development initiatives of the South African government as well as the entrepreneurial status of South African enterprises is provided to facilitate the interpretation of the survey results. The key findings are presented, analysed and, where appropriate, compared with previous national and international surveys. Key policy implications are then highlighted.


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