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Research report on international perspectives for skills planning and the South African case study

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The present Draft Study Report contains the findings of the research undertaken by the research team. It highlights the progress made in establishing a credible mechanism for skills planning in South Africa, and also highlights the challenges that have been experienced in this regard. It then considers the possible lessons to be learned from international skills planning experience in general and EU in particular. This has involved the collection of information about skills planning systems and practices in a number of European countries considered of particular interest to South Africa. These are represented by: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, the skills planning practices of the US, Canada, Australia, India, Malaysia and Singapore were reviewed. The purpose of the study is to provide practical inspiration to the ongoing effort to refine the labour market forecasting and skills planning process in South Africa rather than to conquer new theoretical land. Therefore, the study focuses on the institutional and methodological aspects of labour market monitoring and skills planning. The study serves as a base for the implementation of the contract 'Research Project on Skills Planning: International and South African Perspectives for Skills Planning Dialogue between South Africa and the European Union', conducted under FWC BENEF 2013, Lot 9. The report lays the basis for the second phase of the Dialogue. The study's findings draw on reports and documents that have been produced in a number of processes as well as interviews and discussions with selected role-players and resource persons. In addition to these findings, the records of key meetings and processes have been consulted. The draft report was presented at a workshop in Pretoria on March 25, 2015. The final version of the report reflects the feedback by the workshop.

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