Since 2010, government has been working towards a vision of ensuring that
“All citizens of all ages have access to quality career information and career development services throughout their lives so that they are able to make better
and more informed career and life decisions that deliver high levels of employment and help to increase sustainable economic growth in the country”
(Department of Higher Education and Training 2017: 11).
Relevant and quality career information in the country is not just a need but a human right as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
(Act No. 108 of 1996) which states that “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely”.
Outcome 5 of the Government Programme of Action 2014–2019 is concerned with developing a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.
This further highlights the need for career development in building the economy of the country.
Through cooperation and input from the three spheres of government and the public sector,
the National Policy for an Integrated Career Development System for South Africa was developed and gazetted on 20 April 2017 (Vol. 622, No. 40795).
The policy guides the implementation of a coordinated and integrated career development system across all spheres of government. In launching the policy on 28 June 2018
AN INTEGRATED CAREER at the Annual Career Development Stakeholder Conference, the Minister of Higher Education
and Training Mrs Naledi Pandor emphasised the importance of understanding the policy as a national policy with leadership provided across government.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) provides leadership on the national coordination function
and developing shared career development services technology platforms such as the National Career Advice Portal (NCAP),
AN INTEGRATED CAREER the National Career Helpline, the Khetha Radio Programme and the Career-help website.
Every government department and agency has a responsibility to coordinate and provide career development services in their respective sector.
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