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LMIP update 2014

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


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The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership is a collaboration between government and a national research consortium that aims to build a credible institutional mechanism for skills development in South Africa. The first section of LMIP Update 2014 outlines the contours of the credible skills planning mechanism. In this section we draw from our research studies related to designing the architecture for the mechanism, the functions and location of the mechanism, a methodology to establish a scarce skills list, an audit of government administrative datasets and an analysis of the skills needs for the New Growth Path strategy to be effective. The second section reports on emerging findings from the in-depth research to provide labour market intelligence. The authors highlight the significance of coordination, networks and building partnerships and linkages between firms and post-school education and training organisations, for effective skills planning. The authors show how the shifting nature of work changes artisanal occupations and how the shifting identities that result can impact on artisanal graduate production to meet scarce skills needs. Thirdly, the authors provide an update of LMIP work to strengthen the research-policy nexus. Finally, the authorspropose a set of high-level policy recommendations for skills planning, based on the evidence of the research at this point in time.

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