A skilled worker must have training prior to applying for job vacancies. Training presumes that workers have a high enough academic qualification to be trained in the first place. Thereafter, that trained skilled worker is expected to do the work for the skilled position offered by the prospective employer.Most skills training requires a minimum of a Grade 12 or matric albeit. The pass rates have been reduced to 30% for three out of six subjects and 40% for the other three subjects including a home language subject. Not too many employers want to give a job opportunity to someone who can only achieve a 35% average pass rate to obtain a matric. Their lack of ability as reflected in their very low pass mark is likely to mirror their attitude towards not being a suitable employee, where employers want near 100% efficiency by a skilled worker.The latest available breakdown of the South African adult population by level of education is for 2007. Hopefully, the latest Census information, scheduled for publication in early 2013 will have a more up-to-date picture. Research by a South African career portal show, that 67.6% of South African adults do not have a matric qualification.Only 21.3% of adults have a matric qualification and no further formal educational and training qualification beyond Grade 12. Of the 11% who do have post matric qualifications 5.6% have a diploma or certificate qualification, 4% have a degree or higher qualification, 0.9% have a diploma or certificate qualification but do not have a matric and 0.5% have a NTC1-NTC 111 qualification. That leaves only 32.4% of the adult population with at least a matric who can be trained as skilled workers.When the search is for the brighter matriculants who have 70% or more pass rates in employable categories such as maths, additional maths, physical science, life science, accounting and business studies, then only 73 475 matriculants find themselves in this desirable demand position. This figure is bound to be inflated as the same matriculants are likely to have achieved this pass mark of 70% in more than one of the six subjects listed. Assuming this figure to be around 50 000 matriculants a year or 9% of all matriculants, then the 9.6% of matriculants with a further diploma, certificate or degree in 2007 bears some correlation to these figures.”The very employable skilled worker with a post matric qualification comes from a scarce pool of 50 000 graduates a year whose matric subjects fall into the higher demand category”, says innovative South African employment portal CEO Neville Berkowitz. South Africa churns out some 150 000 graduates a year. According to Loane Sharp, labour economist at Adcorp, approximately 600 000 graduates, mainly in humanities, arts and social science are currently unemployed. According to Sharp there are nearly 830 000 unfilled positions in high skilled occupations. 52% of these are technical positions, 26% managerial posts vacant and 22% professional vacancies.The need to focus the education budget on developing matriculants who have 70% plus skills in mathematics, the sciences, accounting and business is paramount. “The cost to educate humanities, arts and social science graduates who struggle to find a job is detrimental to the economy as well as to the graduate’s self-esteem and earnings ability.” says South African job portal CEO Neville Berkowitz.