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State of skills in South Africa, 2007-2008

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Department of Labour South Africa


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The State of Skills, 2007-8 focuses exclusively on the findings of a series of research projects commissioned by the Department of Labour in July 2006 and completed in March 2008. The research was undertaken by a consortium of partners including the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town and the Sociology of Work Programme (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Studies undertaken and reported in this edition of the State of Skills include: 1. A description of the total population of learners who entered learnerships between February 2001 and May 2007; 2. The employment and learning pathways of Learnership participants in the National Skills Development Strategy, Phase Two; 3. Verifying scarce skills: a survey of vacancy rates; 4. Key issues facing the professions in South Africa; 5. The demand and supply of technically-competent operatives and artisans in the South African labour market; 6. Findings of the Third National Skills Survey, 2007. These research briefings are short excerpts from longer Final Reports which carry significantly more detail.

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