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Project inception report: Development and using labour market intelligence for skills planning in South Africa

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South Africa over the past two decades has made significant but only partially successful efforts to establish a skills-planning architecture, and to improve both the quality and the supply of skills. The present Administration has re-committed to these goals. In moving forward with this agenda, it will be important to draw on both the resources and experience of the current system, as well as the lessons and experience that are available internationally, while avoiding a repetition of past failures and mistakes. The EU-SA Dialogue Facility has been established to support high-level policy learning and policy sharing between South Africa and the European Union. The aim of the present initiative, under the Dialogue Facility, is to support the efforts of the South African Government to meet a key national policy objective, namely: the successful establishment of a credible institutional mechanism for national skills planning. The Dialogue will complement in this regard the existing work of the Labour Market Information Partnership (LMIP), the Presidential Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and other South African initiatives, adding significant value in terms of the development of a grounded understanding of the coordination mechanisms, structures and capacity that will be needed to ensure the effective use of labour market information and intelligence in skills planning. Through a focused programme of comparative research, study visits to European Union and strategic partner countries and institutions, and high-level workshops, the Dialogue will enable the South African Government to form a clearer view of the essential requirements and key success factors for the design and implementation of the skills planning mechanism. The project will also help to build local South African capacity.

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