Education & Skills

In a constantly changing environment, having Life Skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. The dramatic changes in global economies over the past decade have been matched with the transformation in technology and these are all impacting on education, the workplace and in household settings.

To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, young people need new life skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration. Today’s youth will have many new jobs over the course of their lives, with associated pressures and the need for flexibility.

In everyday life, the development of life skills helps learners to:
  • Find new ways of thinking and problem solving 
  • Recognise the impact of their actions and teaches them to take responsibility for what they do rather than blame others 
  • Build confidence both in spoken skills and for group collaboration and cooperation 
  • Analyse options, make decisions and understand why they make certain choices outside the classroom 
  • Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others

While learners work hard to get good grades, many still struggle to gain employment. According to research, employers are looking not just for academic success but key employability skills including: -

  • The ability to self-manage, solve problems and understand the business environment  
  • Working well as part of the team 
  • Time and people management 
  • Agility and adaptability to different roles and flexible working environments 
  • The potential to lead by influence

The more we develop life skills individually, the more these affect and benefit the world in which we live:

  • Recognizing cultural awareness and citizenship makes international cooperation easier 
  • Respecting diversity allows creativity and imagination to flourish developing a more tolerant society
  • Developing negotiation skills, the ability to network and empathize can help to build resolutions rather than resentments

  • To equip young people with information and capacity through disseminating information on topics covered in the modules.
  • To empower youth to make informed decision.
  • To empower youth with applicable life skills relevant to a constantly changing society
  • To promote active citizenry among young people &
  • To impart skills and decision-making capabilities that would result in social and economic participation.

The programme is accessible through the walk-ins in 18 Branches of NYDA countrywide. It is presented by our well-qualified training officers. They train in accordance with the youth needs. It could be issues of personal development, conflict resolutions, money management skills and communications. It is required that youth who have passion to start businesses must go through the life skills training.

Job Seekers
  • Are you struggling to find employment?
  • Have you completed a learnership or any skills development programme?
  • Are you a newly graduate and looking for an internship?
  • Are you a South African between the ages of 18 and 35?

What is the NYDA JOBS Programme?

JOBS is a database for unemployed youth seeking employment opportunities. It is a product managed through the Education and Skills Development unit at the NYDA, and seeks to contribute to the Government’s ASGISA programme and the JIPSA initiative by helping to link unemployed youth to employment opportunities and other skills development-related opportunities.

So how do you access the JOBS Programme?
  • You can visit any of the NYDA branches to register.
  • E mail your CV to one of the addresses below:



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Jobs Officer

Cape Town



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Jobs Officer

East London

  • Or call our Customer Service line on 0800 52 52 52

E-learning – Life Skills

The world of work in the 21st century has drastically changed the way business, education, and other related social activities are conducted. The change in operations has propelled public and private organisations to adapt its programmes to fit into the new ways of conducting business. It has call upon the organisations to familiarise themselves with the digitalisation of doing business, training and education. COVID-19 has also reinforced such attitude and thinking approach. It is now public knowledge that ever since the entire world has been raided by the coronavirus, the lifestyle and the way of doing business have unwittingly been transformed. This is calling upon all the humanity to view the world of work contrarily to what it has been prior to COVID-19 pandemic.

Consequently, technology has of late been an enabling instrument to do the business, and on the variety of trainings. To this extent, the concept of “e-learning” has become the buzz word. Msomi, Munapo, and Choga (2016:42), state that e-learning is the process in which the learning and training are conducted by utilising Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It is thus upon the latter background that National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), as the government youth entity has decided to gradually make its programmes accessible on online platforms.

The offering of “Life Skills” is one of the NYDA programmes, which is housed in the Skills & Education Unit. Its fundamental purpose is to provide life skills awareness to the in-school and out of school youth. The life skills is the modularised training programme. The manual contains 10 modules, however, in the case of the online platform, it is only 9 modules that will be accessible. The module which is not covered online is module number 10 because all its aspects are covered in the 9 modules. This is a module on “Personal Development Plan”.

The modules that are presented in online platform are the following, 1. Who am I; 2. Building my brand; 3.  Managing time; 4. Be more resilient; 5. Creative problem solving and decision making; 6. Building interpersonal relationships; 7. Effective communication; 8. Dealing with conflict and lastly is module 9, viz, Understanding the world of work. This is the blended approach of the actual existing of the offering of life skills training, which is facilitated by the NYDA training officers. NYDA training officers conduct these trainings on a face-to-face basis. The introduction of the online platform is, therefore, widening the accessibility, and it is the NYDA Skills & Education Unit team’s view that such online platform will enormously be helpful particularly to the youth of the Republic of South Africa and the world in general.

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