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Understanding the skills needs of the NPOs operating within the health and welfare sectors

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Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)

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Machava, Richard


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A non-profit organisation (NPO) is a trust company or any other association of persons with a public rather than a private purpose and which does not operate for profit. In South Africa, NPOs are pivotal to the delivery of health-related community-based care. They play an important role, through health and welfare services, in the development of South Africa and there is a strong potential for them to do more. Yet not much is known about NPOs in South Africa - their organisational profile, where they operate, their workers' profile, and the staffing and skills needs they may have. This gap has hindered the development of a comprehensive policy/programme to provide support for NPOs. The aims of the project were to produce a detailed profile of the NPOs in the health and social development sectors as well as outline their skills needs. The study was a mixed methods study design which included both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Mixed methods research design is a study design in which the investigator collects and analyses data, integrates findings, and draws inferences using both quantitative and qualitative approaches in a single study. The researchers conducting this study decided to adopt this approach in order to explore and explain the skills needs of the NPO sector using numeric and textual findings.

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