In 2012, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation initiated the first phase of the labour market intelligence research programme, the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) led by the Human Sciences Research Council. LMI Phase 1 was a collaboration between the South African government and a national research consortium, aiming to establish a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa.
LMI Phase 1 was a unique undertaking designed to inform and support evidence-based skills development policy in South Africa. The partnership of researchers and planners developed ways to inform planning and funding decisions across the post-school education and training system, thereby informing and supporting the skills planning policy and practice of DHET and its entities, at varying levels and in varying spaces.
The rationale behind the LMI Phase 1 was to:
At its core the LMIP was an applied research project, focussing on six key areas:
In 2019, the second phase of the LMI research programme commenced in partnership with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The LMI is funded through the National Skills Fund (NSF). The programme aims to integrate skills planning within government strategies and plans in order to produce a capable workforce to achieve an inclusive growth path.
LMI ensures that skills are not a constraint on economic growth, and promotes the use of labour market intelligence for skills provisioning.