Dr Thabo Shadrack Mashongoane
Thabo worked in the automotive industry in the early 80s as a Fitter and Turner apprentice, quality assurance instructor and inspector for six years. He qualified as an artisan then moved to a technical college where he was employed as an instructor and a lecture for the engineering trades and later became the head of the division responsible for 16 different trades.
Exposure to senior management experience started in 1997 as a Principal of a Technical College, as well as a manager for the cluster of colleges for various portfolios such as Student Support Services, Human Resources, Linkages to Industry and Learnerships. He worked as the deputy director in the FET-Policy Planning and curriculum development in the National Department of Education and was later appointed as the Executive Manager for the National Skills Authority (NSA) in the Department of Labour and transferred to the Department of Higher Education and Training in the same portfolio.
He was later appointed as the Executive Officer of the NSA responsible for the coordination of the work of the NSA advising the Minister on strategic and policy matters including National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and the monitoring of performance and governance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) as well as the 9 Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDFs), until April 2021. Thabo joined the Mining Qualifications Authority SETA as its Chief Operations Officer, from May 2021.