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Globalisation, education and training: Insights from the South African automotive sector

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McGrath, Simon


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This study seeks to explore these relationships between globalisation and education and training through an examination of certain transnational corporations, operating in one sector in a specific country. Through an examination of skills development within the South African automotive industry (focusing particularly on the cases of DaimlerChrysler South Africa and BMW South Africa) I seek to shed further light on the broader debate on the relationship between globalisation and education and training. It is intended that this largely sociological study located in a particular context can provide a useful companion to the global study of the Velde, which is argued primarily from the disciplinary position of a development economist. The study also considers the issue of corporate social responsibility as it results in education and training interventions. I do so in the belief that the decisions made by these transnational companies regarding corporate social responsibility in education and training are shaped in part by their desire to be seen to be 'good corporate citizens' in a foreign country. Hence, globalisation and corporate social responsibility do exist in relationship with each other. This study also complements another investigation for DFID by myself and a colleague (Akoojee and McGrath 2004b) regarding the importance of post-basic education and training (and most of what I am writing about is post-basic) for South Africa's strategy for poverty and unemployment reduction. Thus, a small part of the focus of this study will be on one way in which globalisation impacts on poverty and unemployment through education and training interventions.

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