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LMIP dictionary on skills supply and demand

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Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

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Narsee, Hersheela; Visser, Mariette; Mncwango, Bongiwe; Watani, Hilda; Bartizal, Hilda; Skene, Jean; Letho, Mapaseka; Ramasodi, Mmaphake


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The aim of the study was to compile and develop, in collaboration with the DHET, a dictionary to serve the following purposes: To enhance shared language use by labour market intelligence (LMI) users; To provide a trusted reference point for clarifying definitions and concepts; To set a trustworthy foundation of understanding of the issues, and provide a common basis for policy deliberations; To contribute to increased common acceptance and accurate usage of concepts and terms; To emphasise the importance of effective communication of labour market information and intelligence; To support high-quality standards in the use of terminology; To encourage the use of consistent definitions, classifications and methodologies which support valid comparisons; and to enable international comparison of similarities or differences between definitions. Therefore, the main purpose is to enhance communication within the LMIP community of practice, specifically in order to promote coherence in the use of terms in policy, legislation and surveys as well as in data-collection instruments and reporting.

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