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Sectorial analysis of the aerospace industry in South Africa

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Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI); Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Kraemer-Mbula, Erika


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There is an on-going policy concern to ensure that South Africa has the appropriate skills base both now and in the future to sustain economic growth and to compete internationally in a number of identified 'priority sectors', including aerospace. This task requires following up the constant changes in these industrial sectors, considering their implications for future skills demand and skills provision. The purpose of the present report is to examine the current level, characteristics and requirements of skills in the South African aerospace sector. This will conclude with the identification of scarce and critical skills and a number of policy recommendations. This study has largely relied on existing documents and background information on the sector from both local and international sources. A few published reports are available. Although most of them are either general in their approach or not focused on the need of skills in the aerospace sector, they have allowed the identification of different strategies, trends and views. Information on global dynamics was obtained from international reviews and strategic reports from the UK, EU and US.

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