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Pathways through university and into the Labour Market Report on a graduate tracer study from the Eastern Cape

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Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP); Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Rogan, M; Whitfield, Kevin; Bally, Rod; Reynolds, J; du Plessis, Ulandi


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In order to support the objectives set out in the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET) 2013 White Paper for Post-school Education and Training (PSET), it is critical to engage with a strong evidence base of research. To this end, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has been commissioned by the DHET to lead and coordinate research towards developing a framework for skills planning. This framework aims to promote the national priority of a skilled and capable workforce so as to achieve an inclusive growth path in South Africa. A consortium comprising the HSRC, universities and research institutes has been established to drive the research agenda known as the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP). Theme 5 of the LMIP seeks to understand pathways through education and training and to the labour market. The key question addressed by this work is: What are the dynamics of access, progression, graduation and labour market destinations underpinning learner, student and worker mobility along various education, training and labour market trajectories, and how can this knowledge inform skills planning in South Africa? The graduate tracer study described in this report falls under Theme 5 of the LMIP and is motivated by the need for more information on the transitions from university to the labour market.

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