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Synthetic analysis on the skills development and economic responsiveness role of education and training institutions in South Africa: Towards an integrated public-private partnership strategy for skills development in the TVET college system

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Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Fongwa, Samuel; Kruss, Glenda; Petersen, Il-haam; Rust, Jennifer; Tele, Azinga


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This synthesis report aims to inform strategic thinking in the TVET branch, towards devising a coordinated strategy to promote PPPs across all tiers of the system. We situate the current strategic initiatives to promote partnership in South Africa within the context of shifts and developments in the TVET policy landscape over the last two decades. The aim of Chapter 2 is to focus on the macro-level of national policy mechanisms and initiatives currently introduced to build PPPs for skills development. Many of these mechanisms were introduced only in the past few years, but colleges have long been enjoined to build partnerships with the private sector. We discuss how policy promotes the inclusion of private sector stakeholders in governance, funding, and education and training in the TVET system. To gain an understanding of the current partnership practice at the meso-level of institutions, Chapter 2 also captures the nature of PPPs in TVET colleges, as colleges attempt to respond to policy expectations.

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