Thabo worked in the automotive industry in the early 80s where he qualified as a Fitter and Turner artisan. He moved to a technical college where he was employed as an instructor and a lecturer for the engineering trades and later became the head of 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 cluster of colleges for various portfolios such as Student Support Services, Human Resources, Linkages to Industry and Learnerships. The National Department of Education appointed him as the deputy Director in the FET-Policy Planning and curriculum development for a very short period before moving over to the Department of Labour as the Executive Manager for the National Skills Authority (NSA). Due to the 2009 skills development function shift he was transferred to the Department of Higher Education and Training in the same portfolio as the Executive Officer. He manages the work of the NSA which includes 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). He ensures skills development footprints in all provinces through the establishment and support to Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDF).
He holds a doctoral degree in educational management, diplomas, higher diploma, and degrees in qualifications ranging from technical/engineering, education, management, human resources, business management and business administration. He also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in M&E from WITS school of governance.
He led and participated in labour movement in late 80s to early nineties and represented lecturers from the former Bophuthatswana Homeland during the change-over period to the new SA. He actively participates in his community, church and sits on various councils including the Quality Council for Occupations and Trades (QCTO), NCP HRDC, NW HRDC, SASCE, the Public Service Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) and few other councils.