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Report of the second workshop of the EU-SA skills planning dialogue

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This note summarises the proceedings of the Second South Africa Workshop held under the auspices of the EU-SA Skills Planning Dialogue at Cricklewood Manor, Pretoria, on 10 November 2015. The workshop was attended by a total of 34 participants, including the Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Chief Director in the Director-General's office. Participants included members of the official delegations which had taken part in two study tour missions, under the auspices of the Dialogue, to the EU and Australia in July and October respectively. The report details the origins and objectives of the Skills Planning Dialogue, noting that a key objective namely to provide a platform for first-hand engagement between South African officials and LMI experts and counterparts in the EU and elsewhere had been amply fulfilled by the two study tour missions. Five lessons are highlighted that are central to what the study tour missions had learned about the use of labour market intelligence for skills planning: Keep it simple not simplistic or unsophisticated, but realistic, practical, comprehensible; Keep it grounded, bearing in mind both the uses and limitations of data and the need to validate LMI against the real-world experience and perspectives of employers and others; Use a mix of methods both 'top down' (quantitative) and 'bottom up' (qualitative); Put demand at the centre, recognising in this regard the central importance of business; Communication, dialogue, stakeholder engagement and the building of 'communities of trust' are absolutely critical.

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