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Work education framework South Africa

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University of the Western Cape (UWC), Social Law Project, Faculty of Law; Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)


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The Worker Education Technical Task Team, one of nine in the HRDC, commissioned a Worker Education Study in November 2012: To conduct an analysis and attain a common understanding of the current provision and understanding of the three pillars namely Worker Education Ideology, Vocational education and Joint Worker Education within the Worker Education and Training context; to conduct a study on global/international practice in the Worker Education environment focusing on the above three pillars; to compare and consolidate the analysis report on the current system and the benchmarking report; to define a common vision for National Worker Education Framework; and to produce a National Integrated Worker and Education and Training Framework and costed Implementation Plan. The study was carried out within strict margins of time and resources. It started out with a national overview of worker education which forms the basis of our understanding of the current context of worker education in South Africa and frames the approach using three pillars of worker education as adopted by the WE TTT in the original brief: Pillar 1: Worker Education; Pillar 2: Vocational Education; Pillar 3: Joint Worker/Management Education. Following this, an international review was done within the constraints of the project to learn from best practice. This highlighted that, while there are permutations of worker education projects that may be relevant as a foundation for promoting worker education in South Africa, there is no precedent for an integrated policy framework. The third and final component of the study is the proposed 'Worker Education Framework South Africa'.

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