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Human capital outlook implications for skills development in the pharmaceutical sector >

The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) commissioned Ilangabe Lase Africa to conduct research into human capital outlook implications for skills development in the pharmaceutical sector, with a specific focus on IPAP-2-identified growth opport...

Globalisation and education training in South Africa: On being GEAR(ed)! >

This paper takes as a point of departure that nations are able to respond to, and are responding to, the phenomenon in ways designed to extract maximum national benefit, albeit sometimes driven by a narrow-focussed short-termism. However, the capacit...

Sectorial analysis of the aerospace industry in South Africa >

There is an on-going policy concern to ensure that South Africa has the appropriate skills base both now and in the future to sustain economic growth and to compete internationally in a number of identified 'priority sectors', including aerospace. Th...

The future of work in SA: Scope: South Africa horizon: 2030 >

This presentation highlights a background to the study, ILO focus areas, two broad methods, a potentiality matrix, Metaxis, the battle of the paradigms, South Africa's unique context, macrotempo special perspectives, process, work and society, the fu...

Pathways of TVET college learners through TVET colleges >

This presentation details the research study that was commissioned by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and DHET The study is located within Theme 5 of the HSRC Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) that has multi-cohort panel studie...

A public TVET perspective >

This presentation poses, and answers, the question: How do post-school education and training providers take the skills demands of key sectoral networks into account?

An examination of the vocational education and training reform debate in Southern Africa >

This paper explores the role that vocational education and training (VET) can play in Southern African responses to major socio-economic challenges. It argues that this role will be most pronounced if it is articulated within a broader educational an...

Assessing the human capital outlook implications for skills development in the priority sector: Metal fabrication, capital equipment and transport equipment >

The objective of this study is to assess the demand and supply of skills within the metal fabrication, capital equipment and transport equipment sectors between 2011 and 2015. The study aims to inform the DTI - as a key interface between economic str...

International Labour Organisation: Future of Work Initiative. Theme 1: Work and society >

This paper elaborates on current changes taking place in the world of work and what implications they will have for the relationship between work and society. We draw from extended definitions of what constitutes work and who is a worker, and thus il...

International Labour Organisation: Future of Work Initiative. Theme 4: The governance of work >

The purpose of this final paper is to encourage participants in the national dialogue on the future of work to look ahead to the likely impact of the emerging forces in the world of work and to imagine a governance landscape for the future world of w...

Law professionals: Scarce and Critical Skills Research Project >

The Department of Labour has commissioned a Research Consortium (comprising the Human Sciences Research Council, the Development Policy Research Unit, and the Sociology of Work Unit) to undertake a range of research projects on aspects of the second...

A critical review of research on skills development and labour market demand in the early childhood development sector (0–4 years) >

This paper contextualises training and skills development needs for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in South Africa with a particular focus on children between the ages of 0 and 4 years. It attempts to review and synthesise existing research on ski...

A low growth trap amidst the skills challenge in South Africa >

This presentation focuses on the genesis of an emerging market growth trap in the South African Economy. It highlights, and draws conclusions from, the following topics: economic growth trends in global comparison; savings and investment trends; expo...

A new approach to the evaluation of vocational education and training >

This presentation presented at the LMIP Seminar South Africa August 2014 highlights A new approach to the evaluation of Vocational Education and Training.

A self-sufficient skills development system in the sugarcane growing and milling sector in KwaZulu-Natal >

This presentation provides insights into the following topics: the South African sugar industry: Focus on sugarcane milling and growing; Developing a well-organised, self-sufficient skills development system; Examples of sugar technology and applied...

Analysing skills demand and supply in sectoral systems: A tentative framework >

This presentation addresses the following challenges: How do we address skills gaps in South Africa to improve alignment between what the E and T system produces, and the needs of the public and private sectors? How can industry and education organis...

Artisans/trades: Scarce and Critical Skills Research Project >

This study is part of a range of research projects commissioned by the Department of Labour on aspects of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS: 1 April 2005 31 March 2010) and on aspects of the labour market and skills development policies...

Assessing the usability of the Western Cape Graduate Destination Survey for the analysis of labour market outcomes >

Graduate destination studies have the potential to provide detailed information about graduate transitions to work that cannot easily be collected in household surveys. However, response rates are typically very low and raise the concern that the non...

Astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array >

This presentation discusses network alignment, skills supply, challenges and successes in relation to the Astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array project.

Barriers and bottlenecks: Understanding youth transitions in the post-compulsory phase of school >

This presentation addresses the following topics: Throughput rate of learners to Grade 12 is of concern - Increasingly staggered progression as learners move through school; High and growing level of unemployment amongst youth population - 60% of une...

Briefing note: Creating a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa >

This briefing note provides a high-level synopsis of six focus areas selected for discussion at the workshop: 1. A credible institutional mechanism for skills planning 2. The need for a SETA labour market survey 3. Attitudes to work: Social attitudes...

Briefing paper on private post-school education in South Africa >

This paper notes the explosion of private post-school provision globally during the past two decades. It then provides a brief outline of Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) research work done on private post-school education and training in South...

Briefing to the Minister of the Department of Higher Education >

In the global economy it is important to understand what types of skills are required to support productive and inclusive growth, and also how they will be produced. Unfortunately, South Africa does not have a credible institutional structure to trac...

Building labour market intelligence for skills planning: Recommendations from evidence >

This presentation supplies the following recommendations: Institutionalise longitudinal datasets on systemic pathways; Map innovation and skills development networks to promote systemic alignment; Enhance interactive capabilities across the system; A...

Capabilities, innovation and skills development: Towards a new approach to planning post-school education and training in South Africa >

This presentationaddresses the challenge of developing a new planning approach for South African post-school education and training. Questions posed include: How do we address skills gaps in South Africa to improve alignment between what the E and T...

Considering firm surveys: Key data and methodological requirements and issues >

This document provides a broad definition of labour market information, concentrating on the type of labour market information required to support skills planning. It provides an overview of what, where and how this information is being collected (in...

Contemporary issues in public FET colleges >

This paper provides a snapshot view of salient contemporary issues in public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges arising out of successive policy interventions since 1998. The paper does not dwell on early concomitant developments in educat...

Contextualising informality in the South African labour market: Indicators of the limits to evidence-based research? >

This paper addresses the following: how do we begin to understand informality (and related concepts like unemployment) in context? This is vitally important considering how significant informality (particularly informality at the base of buyer-driven...

Creating a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa (session 2) >

This briefing workshop to the Minister of Higher Education and Training focuses on Emerging trends from the MEMSA skills forecasting model; the need for a SETA Labour Market Survey; Attitudes to work: Social attitudes have a bearing on Labour Market...

Creating a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa (session 3) >

This briefing workshop to the Minister of Higher Education and Training focuses on the topic of Responsiveness to firm demand: enhancing interactive capabilities across the post-school system; and Planning for artisanal skills: the importance of unde...

Critical review of the research on skills development in rural areas >

This paper aims to answer the following two overarching questions: what do we know about rural skills development in South Africa? What are key research challenges (conceptual, policy and methodological) to address as a first step to overcome the cou...

Curriculum responsiveness and student employability in VET: Preliminary findings from three case studies >

This presentation outlines preliminary findings from three case studies in regard to curriculum responsiveness and student employability in VET. These are structured as follows: Employability and Responsiveness: Opening up the debate; Theme 4: Projec...

Data considerations for education and labour market indicators >

Education and labour market planning cannot take place in a vacuum. As the Department of Higher Education's (DHET's) Green Paper for Post-school Education and Training (DHET, 2012: 81) puts it, 'The foundation of any planning process is the existence...

Developing a framework for institutional planning and monitoring in FET colleges >

Drawing on international models of good practice, this paper outlines the emerging framework for M&E, introduced by the DHET in 2011, which takes into account the relationship between system-level monitoring and institutional monitoring. The document...

Developing a framework for understanding SETA performance: Monitoring and Evaluating their role in skills planning, steering and enabling supply within their sector >

The paper begins by exploring the central issue highlighted in a number of research reports on the SETAs: the absence of a shared understanding of their role. The paper argues that multiple objectives have an adverse effect on the performance of the...

Development of a national skills forecasting model >

This working paper argues that the development of a National Skills forecasting model is necessitated by the need to improve transparency in South Africa's labour markets, the desire to increase the skill level of its population, and the need to unde...

Differentiation in the post-school sector >

This paper begins from the bold assumption that it is intermediate skills that are critical to the future growth of the South African economy. Discussion in the Briefing Paper is arranged in the following way. Differentiation in higher education is c...

Employability and curriculum responsiveness in post-school education and training >

The relationship between educational processes and the employment of individuals is a significant policy concern and a widely debated social issue in South Africa. The apparent mismatch between industry needs and the educational outcomes of the South...

Employability and curriculum responsiveness in post-school education and training (LMIP Policy Roundtable) >

This LMIP policy roundtable briefing asks the following questions: How do we address skills gaps in South Africa to improve alignment between what the E and T system produces, and the needs of the public and private sectors? How can industry and educ...

Employability and responsiveness in post-school education and training institutions: A comparative literature review >

The first paper (Working Paper no. 8 in the LMIP series) has two main foci: a critical overview of employability and a summary of debates pertinent to Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and universities. Where relevant, perspectives from d...

Enhancing employability: What can be done to improve TVET students' chances of finding work? >

Unemployment of young people in South Africa is regarded as a crisis that needs urgent intervention. Disaffected and disillusioned youth are a potential threat to the long-term stability of the society as a whole. When graduates from institutions suc...

Establishing a foundation for labour market information systems in South Africa >

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the key issues and problems in establishing a labour market information system in an emerging economy. The paper is structured as follows: section one considers some of the key high-level foundat...

Estimating the current and future skills demand of government's national growth and development policies >

The purpose of this report is to assess government's economic-development policies as drivers of demand for skills. The main objective is to generate a broad estimate of the skills demand implications of implementing key development strategies, inclu...

From matric into and through university: Higher Education access and outcomes in South Africa >

This presentation covers a national representative quantitative analysis of transitions from school to university (Access), how matric results, demographics, and school background influence university outcomes, and how students progress through the p...

From matric into and through university: University access and success for the 2008 national matric cohort >

This presentation discusses the following topics: Project background, project context and research outputs; the context of why, how and what? Why does SA have so few graduates? Measuring university outcomes for the 2008 NSC cohort; why delayed univer...

Growth, employment and skills: The new growth path revisited >

This report has two broad objectives. Firstly, the report hopes to use the rubric of employment intensity and growth outlined in the NGP (EDD 2011) to assess and understand the output-growth implications of the job-creation targets set in the NGP. Se...

High-level audit of administrative datasets >

This High-level Audit of Administrative Datasets, as part of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership programme, conducted research in more than 20 national government departments and other entities. The aim was to investigate the relevance of data...

High-level audit of administrative datasets (briefing) >

This research brief is based on a High-level Audit of Administrative Datasets. The study surveyed more than 20 national government departments and other entities with the aim to investigate the relevance of databases to skills planning, particularly...

Higher education access and outcomes for the 2008 national matric cohort >

This study uses a unique data set to investigate university access, throughput and dropout for the 2008 national matric cohort. The findings show that university access in South Africa is limited, even among learners who perform relatively well in ma...

Higher education, employment and economic growth: Exploring the interactions >

The purpose of this report is to interrogate the impact and nature of South Africa's post-apartheid economic growth performance through the lens of human-capital investment with a particular emphasis on higher education. In this report, the authors i...

History and the economy matters for artisanal skills planning >

The re-establishment of a good artisan training system was identified as a key research focus area and urgent priority, given that 'the apprenticeship system has been allowed to deteriorate since the mid-1980s, resulting in a shortage of mid-level sk...

How can universities and colleges improve the alignment between education and work? A systemic, demand-led approach to skills planning and development >

This policy brief proposes a framework that can be used by PSET organisations and skills planners to analyse the current alignment - or misalignment - between labour market demand and skills supply within a system. This framework provides a basis for...

How do we get firms and post-education and training organisations to work together? >

This presentation focuses on how to get firms and post-education and training organisations to work together through research communication, capacity building, workshops, and policy roundtables. The following needs and questions are discussed: Unders...

How do we take the changing nature of artisanal work and occupations into account? >

This presentation illustrates how the researchers take the changing nature of artisanal work and occupations into account. The following topics are covered: History and economy matters, occupational domains matter, and the relation between work and t...

How well matched are South African workers to their jobs? A comprehensive analysis of education and skills mismatch >

The working paper presents an econometric analysis of the data on public perceptions of work and thus serves as an extension of the research agenda seeking to gain more insight into social attitudes of ordinary South Africans to the labour market. Sp...

Indicators and data to support skills planning in South Africa >

The purpose of this presentation is to: Provide a background to the LMIP work and why DHET/ skills planning needs a set of indicators; Present the framework for determining what indicators will be developed (conceptual approach); Outline the methods...

Innovation, skills development and South African labour market intelligence >

The interface between innovation and skills development is relevant to a range of policy imperatives, including those outlined in the Medium-Term Strategic Framework, the Department of Higher Education's National Skills Development Strategy III, and...

Institutional alignment in the knowledge economy: Lessons from Square Kilometre Array telescope >

The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership is a collaboration between the Department of Higher Education and Training and a national research consortium, led by the HSRC. It aims to provide analytical insights which support the development of policie...

Institutionalising tracer studies to assess the impact of workplace-based training: Reflections on feasibility >

The main objective of the project was to scope and consider the feasibility of institutionalising tracer studies relating to WPBL programmes. The report engages with this objective in the following ways: Firstly, it evaluates tracer-type research int...

Institutionalising tracer studies to assess the outcomes of workplace based training: reflections on feasibility >

This presentation details a scoping project embarked to determine: The extent to which past data problems have been addressed; What work-based skills programmes will be feasible to include in a set of institutionalised tracer studies? What is the cur...

Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) >

The focus of the present study is to investigate employer interaction with the Department of Labour's Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) system and to consider the status of ESSA in the context of employer perceptions of, and engagement with,...

Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) (briefing) >

This policy brief is based on an analytical study, with the objective to investigate employer interaction with the ESSA system while considering the status of ESSA in the context of employer perceptions of, and engagement with, the various recruitmen...

Is post-school education adult education and training? >

This paper starts tracing the different developments and dynamics of the different discourses that have emerged as adult education. It also presents a brief history on the kind of adult education South Africa has, comparing this with the newly emergi...

Jobs? What jobs? Skills? What skills? An overview of studies examining relationships between education and training and labour markets >

This paper seeks to provide a discussion of South African and International literature concerning transitions (pathways) studies as well as the state of theory and analysis used in understanding the evolving relationship between education and work. M...

Labour Market Intelligence Partneship: Five years of LMIP 2012-2017 >

In 2012, when the then Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, launched the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), he requested that the HSRC-led consortium conduct research to provide the scientific basis to 'set up sys...

Learning session: Methodologies to identify skills needs >

The search for appropriate methodologies to identify 'skills needs' is high on the agenda of many countries around the world. In South Africa, a range of different approaches are currently being used to inform the identification of 'skills needs', re...

Linked Macro-Education Model: A tool for strategic decision-making and skills-planning >

This presentation refers to Minister of High Education and Training, Dr Nzimande's call: 'What is needed is knowledge and planning instruments for the system and research- based intelligence for strategic decision-making for the post school system.'

LMIP annual report april 2015-March 2016 >

The fourth year of the LMIP, April 2015- March 2016, marked a period where a number of research reports were produced and research findings disseminated through among others, policy roundtables, policy briefs, seminars, research bulletins, LMIP Updat...

LMIP colloquium 29 and 30 September 2016: Report on the presentations, discussions and conclusions of the colloquium >

In late September 2016, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) convened a research colloquium. The intention was to create a space for researchers, policy makers, planners, educators and...

LMIP dictionary on skills supply and demand >

The aim of the study was to compile and develop, in collaboration with the DHET, a dictionary to serve the following purposes: To enhance shared language use by labour market intelligence (LMI) users; To provide a trusted reference point for clarifyi...

LMIP learning session 6: Review of the workspace skills plan and the annual training report >

The Ministerial Task Team on SETA Performance, as well as the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training (PSET) expressed concern about the quality of data received by SETAs from employers, and the limited potential for credible analysis of su...

LMIP policy roundtable III: Responding to shifting demands for skills: How do we get firms and post-school education and training organisations to work together? >

This is the agenda for the LMIP policy roundtable III, held at the Protea Hotel Capital on 21 August 2014.

LMIP policy suggestions >

Each month, since May 2014, the LMIP has produced evidence-based policy relevant insights to inform the development and operation of the skills planning mechanism. This document consolidates those insights and highlights key findings from the LMIP's...

LMIP Roundtable Theme 5: Post-schooling training and higher education: Key issues for skills development and the labour market >

This presentation focuses on the key question: How is South Africa responding labour market and skills challenges? The presentation aims to respond to, and address, the fragmentation and 'lack of credibility' of supply and demand side skills informat...

LMIP update 2012-2013 >

The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) together with other related projects holds the promise of refining our tools for an informed and informative skills planning approach, tailored to the specific needs and policy context of South Africa...

LMIP update 2014 >

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 ou...

LMIP update 2016 >

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 planning and development in South Africa. This report is a product of...

Made to measure? Some international reflections on developing VET Indicators >

The DHET Labour Market Intelligence project is one of the largest scale attempts globally in recent years to develop systems and capacity to measure the performance of post-compulsory education and training systems. As such, it offers the prospect of...

Mapping key role players and SETA partnerships: A design and methodology to guide research on skills development systems >

In 2012, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) commissioned the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to lead a national research consortium, the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), to support it in creating a strategic l...

Mapping key role-players and partnerships: A design and methodology >

This presentation guides research on skills development systems. In South Africa, there is a range of methodologies for understanding supply and demand, for different purposes. These include manpower planning, forecasting, sectoral plans (SIPS/Water/...

Mapping links between occupations and classification of educational subject matter (CESM) >

This working paper was conceived to explore initiatives in mapping in South Africa, giving particular attention to the Classification of Educational Subject Matter (CESM) and to the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO), because these two classi...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A framework and methodology to guide research >

This research guide (Research Instrument 1) introduces a new research framework, design and methodology that can yield evidence that complements and adds to the quantitative data traditionally used for skills planning. Research using this guide will...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to conducting a sectoral overview >

This research guide (Research Instrument 2) provides a set of templates for conducting a sectoral overview or background paper that should be used to inform the fieldwork investigating interactive capabilities of post-school education and training or...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to data management and analysis >

This research guide (Research Instrument 7) provides practical guidelines and a set of templates for analysing information on the partnerships and capabilities of universities and TVET colleges to form effective partnerships and learn through interac...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to fieldwork in firms >

This research guide (Research Instrument 5) provides a practical guide and set of templates for gathering information on the partnerships and capabilities of firms to form effective partnerships and learn through interaction - i.e., their interactive...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to fieldwork in SETAs and other sectoral intermediaries >

This research guide (Research Instrument 6) provides a practical guide and set of templates for gathering information on the partnerships and capabilities of sectoral intermediaries to form effective partnerships and learn through interaction - i.e.,...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to fieldwork in universities >

This research guide (Research Instrument 3) provides a practical guide and set of templates for gathering information on the partnerships and capabilities of universities to form effective partnerships and learn through interaction - i.e., their inte...

Matching higher education and the labour market >

This presentation asks the following key questions: Why are some graduates unemployed? It questions the objectives of the Eastern Cape Graduate Destination Study on unemployment; details its methods and data and shares its findings before drawing som...

Meeting routine skills needs in the tier 1 automotive component sector in the Eastern Cape >

This presentation is on the Automotive Components: Nature of the Case Study. It is focused on: the Eastern Cape; considers the sectoral system of innovation around 'tier 1 firms': the main component suppliers to the global automotive manufacturers; t...

National database sets and research on labour market demand >

This study shows that none of the previous work on skills needs in South Africa can claim to have predicted detailed skills needs in different sectors with great quantitative precision, although it contributed to and informed skills planning in the c...

National database sets available for post-school sector (supply side) >

The main research question in this working paper is: What recommendations can be suggested to DHET in support of the production of labour market supply intelligence towards enhancing labour market supply data sources, networks and practises? The foll...

National scarce skills list: Top 100 occupations in demand: Comments from the LMIP Team >

This document is provides feedback on the scarce skills list gazetted by the Departmemt of Higher Education and Training

Occupational shifts and shortages: Skills challenges facing the South African economy >

This report extends the analysis of labour demand trends to the 2001-2012 period. It consists of a descriptive analysis of skill-biased labour demand changes, through an examination of sectoral and occupational employment growth trends. We also consi...

Occupational shifts and skills challenges facing the South African economy >

Despite robust economic growth over much of the past 20 years, South Africa still faces significant challenges in terms of high unemployment, poverty and inequality. One view of what underlies persistently high unemployment rates is that the economy...

Outcome 5.1.1: 'A credible institutional mechanism for skills planning' >

This presentation to Minister Nzimande, DHET details: Research completed; why skills planning is needed; what approach to skills planning and labour market intelligence systems is needed; an information framework guiding skills planning; who will be...

Outcome 5.1.1: 'to develop a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning' >

This presentation to Minister Nzimande, DHET, discusses what LMIP has done to date; Why should South Africa invest in a skills-planning mechanism? What is the skills planning mechanism? South African and International Experiences; Data and informatio...

Pathways through education and training and into the labour market >

Cross-sectional surveys of student trajectories through the education and training systems and into the labour market, like those mounted by Statistics South Africa, are useful in providing snapshots of the status quo at any given time. Because stude...

Pathways through university and into the Labour Market Report on a graduate tracer study from the Eastern Cape >

In order to support the objectives set out in the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET) 2013 White Paper for Post-school Education and Training (PSET), it is critical to engage with a strong evidence base of research. To this end, the...

Pathways through university and into the labour market: Tracer study from the Eastern Cape >

This policy brief (from the HSRC's Labour Market Intelligence Partnership) is based on a recent LMIP report that explored the findings of a graduate tracer study conducted in the Eastern Cape. The broader objective of the study was to explore key edu...

Policy Roundtable 6: Knowledge-based artisanal futures? >

This presentation highlights the following topics raised at the Policy Roundtable 6: Knowledge-based artisanal futures? Local Context: Artisan training; Global context: Technological progression leads to increasing economic reliance on knowledge-driv...

Public attitudes to work in South Africa >

This policy brief is based on an analytical study, with the objective to assess public attitudes towards the South African labour market. To address this question the study canvassed the opinions of both the employed and the unemployed. The study the...

Public attitudes to work in South Africa >

The underlying assumption of the study is that understanding public attitudes offers insight into the factors that influence decisions about labour market and education participation. The research adds value by providing detailed attitudinal data in...

Public attitudes to work in South Africa: A missing link >

This presentation is about a survey about social attitudes to the labour market. It examined public attitudes to work to gain a deeper understanding of work values, and preferences and experieences, and work seeking behaviour.

Recent internal migration and labour market outcomes: Exploring the 2008 and 2010 National Income Dynamics Study panel data in South Africa >

This paper explores the current nature of the links among the challenges of rural and urban unemployment and how these possibly lead to new patterns of recent internal migration, using the first two waves of the NIDS (2008 and 2010). In this context,...

Reconfiguring the post-school sector >

This paper addresses theme 4 of the DHET commissioned research on developing credible sectoral and institutional mechanisms for skills planning in the post school sectors in South Africa. The paper specifically explores issues and research around asp...

Reconfiguring the post-school sector: Project 2 Curriculum responsiveness and student employability >

This presentation is on the questions of curriculum responsiveness and student employability in terms of reconfiguring the post-school sector.

Reconfiguring the post-schooling sector: A critical review of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) provision in South Africa >

This paper hopes to provide a backdrop for understanding the nature and context of the 'basic education' subsector of post-schooling in relation to the issues and challenges it faces. The paper thus examines the system of basic education within the l...

Responding to shifting demand for skills: How do we get firms and post-school education and training organisations to work together? >

This report represents work in progress, that is, a first attempt to synthesise and highlight trends emerging from our research, primarily to inform initial discussion and debate. We have conducted three in-depth case studies that provide a systemic...

Responsiveness and employability: An argument for building interactive capabilities in technical vocational education and training colleges in South Africa >

Public vocational education and training (VET) institutions have long been enjoined to be more responsive to industry needs. However, this policy orthodoxy is weakly theorised. One result is that learners and providers are counselled to focus on imme...

Review of research on skills development and qualifications structures >

This paper seeks to explore the relationship between skills development, qualifications and the qualification structure in South Africa. This focus can be located in concerns that there appears to be a disjuncture between the development of knowledge...

Roadmap for the implementation of a skills planning unit >

Within the context of the Skills Planning Unit (SPU), this roadmap addresses the following issues: What are the functions of the SPU? What could be the most suitable location for the SPU? What structures will be required to establish the SPU? What pr...

Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour market: Evidence from a graduate tracer study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa >

This presentation at the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) 59th World Assembly 'Challenging Disparities in Education' in Tokushima, Japan addresses the following subject: Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour mark...

Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour market: Evidence from a graduate tracer study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (briefing 1) >

This presentation focuses on the following topics with regard to the evidence from a graduate tracer study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa on Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour market: the South African context; some stylised fac...

Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour market: Evidence from a graduate tracer study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (paper) >

This study attempts to link schooling, demographic, socio-economic and academic factors to first-choice degree completion and labour market outcomes. More specifically, this study investigates those factors that are most directly associated with whet...

SETA labour market pilot survey: Results and key learnings >

Through discussions with the wider reference group HSRC, DHET, and SETAs it was concluded that the overarching purpose of the SETA Labour Market pilot survey is for it to act as a tool to contribute to the process of establishing a credible skills pl...

SETA Labour Market Survey: Case studies of firms' experiences >

The overarching purpose of the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) Labour Market Survey was to collect information that would assist in informing the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET) strategy on how to address one of it...

Skills for work and life: Towards a transformative approach >

This presentation focuses on: the return of skills and work to the development agenda.; thinking more radically about skills and work; existing VET orthodoxy; productivism; employability, UNESCO's three skills lenses; a new, broader notion of VET; a...

Skills mismatch and informal sector participation among educated immigrants: Evidence from South Africa >

The presentation looks at employment outcomes for immigrants relative to natives in the SA labour market. Particularly, we show that: conditional on education, immigrants from different countries have different likelihoods of being employed in a skil...

Skills Planning for Post-School Education and Training >

The presentation provides an overview of the Research-Policy Nexus DHET-HSRC led research consortium. The strategic applied research involved a close relationship between policy makers and research in shaping the skills planning research agenda. It h...

Skills planning for post-school education and training (May 2017) >

This presentation to the Portfolio Committee asks the question: why skills planning? It then proceeds to summarise the six focus themes of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP). Additional summaries of research topics presented include: W...

Skills planning for post-school education and training (September 2017) >

This presentation maps the following key topics: Education and Jobs; Link between school mathematics/numeracy and jobs; Tertiary Education to Labour Market: Sectors and Jobs; Youth transitions over five years in South African Youth Panel Study; Chang...

Skills planning in post-school education and training organisations: An interactive capabilities approach >

This presentation details how firms and PSET organisations can work together more effectively through an interactive capabilities approach.

Skills supply and demand for South Africa: LMIP Colloquium presentation >

This presentation looks at the Skills Supply and Demand in South Africa Report. The challenge for government is to estimate and anticipate the education and skills required to support societal development and a productive and inclusive economic growt...

Skills supply and demand in South Africa >

This report provides a holistic understanding of the current supply and demand for skills in South Africa and represents one of the first attempts to analyse how the two interact to inform future skills policy to support an inclusive economic growth...

Skills, competencies and capabilities in the innovation system: Reconfiguring the post-school sector >

The overarching purpose of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership Programme Theme 4 projects is to explore how diverse types of education and training institutions in the emerging post-school terrain are responding to increasingly changing and co...

Skills, innovation, and interactive capabilities in the astronomy sector: The case of the Square Kilometre Array telescope >

This presentation provides and overview of the following topics: Astronomy and the SKA; The Labour Market Intelligence Research Partnership; Research question and theoretical framework; Methodology; The Astronomy Sectoral System of Innovation; Skills...

Skills, innovation, and interactive capabilities: The case of the Square Kilometre Array telescope >

This presentation focuses on the following topics: a working framework; methodology; the growth in astronomy despite a shortage of astronomers; network structure and alignment; interactive capabilities at the SKA; firm strategies to address skills ne...

Smooth, staggered or stopped? Educational transitions in SAYPS >

This presentation introduces the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP). It then supplies an overview of the South African Youth Panel Study (SAYPS) Report which analyses the characteristics of learners making different transitions and explore...

Smooth, staggered or stopped? Educational transitions in the South African Youth Panel Study >

The South African Youth Panel Study (SAYPS) followed Grade 9 learners who participated in TIMSS 2011 over four consecutive years, in order to explore the educational transitions of young people. The study found that: South African learners follow one...

Smooth, staggered or stopped? Educational transitions in the South African Youth Panel Study >

This report uses the South African Youth Panel Study (SAYPS) - a longitudinal panel study - to follow Grade 9 learners who participated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in order to explore the educational transitio...

South African Labour Market Micro-data Scoping Study >

This policy brief is based on a South African Labour Market Micro-data Scoping Study. The purpose was to investigate sources of micro-data1 available for analysis of the South African labour market. The study provided an overview of the wide range of...

South African Labour Market Microdata Scoping Study >

This study investigates sources of data available for analysis of the South African labour market. It is a data discovery exercise to determine what data is available for policy research and to assist policy analysts to locate data sources relevant t...

Studies of selected priority sectors in the South African labour market: A proposed research programme >

The type of economic growth experienced by South Africa since the 1970s and well beyond 1994, has had a fundamental impact on the nature of employment movements at the sectoral and occupational level. In turn, this pattern of employment has been cruc...

Studying professions in shifting occupational contexts >

This presentation illustrates the following topics: South AFrica study using boundaries; a working conceptual frame; extending an analytical frame; a case of mechatronics in the automotive sector; and their relevance to current debates.

Studying the shifting boundaries of artisanal work and occupations: Research guide >

The research guide provides a conceptual frame and research instruments to assist skills and strategic planners in their task from a specific research method and design perspective. Specifically, the guide provides practical guidelines and tools to c...

Survey analysis of the pathways of public TVET college learners through NATED programmes >

A number of research studies were conducted within this theme of research. The key questions that each of the studies attempted to answer is reflected in the following topics: 1. What is the progression, graduation and destination of secondary school...

Temporary employment services in South Africa: Assessing the industry's economic contribution >

The focus of this paper, is to try to understand the nature of employment changes and their impact in one particular sector, namely the temporary employment services (TES) industry. The sector, colloquially known in South Africa as the 'labour broker...

The boundaries of artisanal work and occupations, and its intersections with inequality >

This presentation provides an overview of the research question, before illustrating the following topics: An LMIP theme of research entitled 'Changing Artisanal Milieus and Identities'; the concept of boundaries: why and how? Empirical cases; sample...

The changing nature of artisanal work and occupations: What knowledge and skill does a 21st century artisan need? >

This presentation addresses the following question: what knowledge and skills does a 21st century artisan needs; and what would a 'good artisan training system' look like?

The emerging contours of a credible institutional planning mechanism for South Africa: Towards a common perspective >

The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) hosted a policy roundtable to open debate on the nature and shape of an appropriate institutional skills planning mechanism for South Africa. The event drew a range of stakeholders from across the SET...

The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership: Emerging findings >

This briefing reflects on two dimensions of the work of the LMIP: findings from the research, and the relationship between DHET and the research community in this exercise.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the development of the higher education system in South Africa: A description of the demographics and performance of NSFAS beneficiaries >

This paper focuses on the time period 2000 to 2012, beginning in the year after the NSFAS was established by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act of 1999. We use a non-public data set provided by the NSFAS that contains some demographic info...

The post-matriculation enrolment decision: Do public colleges provide students with a viable alternative? >

This paper uses National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data for the period 2008 to 2015, together with administrative data on South African schools and post-secondary institutions, to estimate the relationship between enrolment in post-secondary educa...

The research-policy nexus in South Africa: Understanding the interface of science and policy in skills planning >

This paper examines the formation and operation of this research-policy nexus in South Africa and the means by which evidence-based policymaking has been conceived and utilised in this space. The paper is divided into five sections. Section 1 discuss...

The returns to training and the determinants of training expenditure: The case of manufacturing firms in South Africa >

This report makes use of a unique survey dataset of manufacturing firms in South Africa to investigate the returns to workplace training. This survey was conducted within a broader national project, the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP),...

The role of post-school education and training institutions in predicting labour market outcomes >

In this paper, we examine the role played by higher education institutions in two higher education labour market outcomes, namely the probability of employment and earnings. We use the first three 2 Blacks refer to Africans, Coloureds and Indians/Asi...

The role of skills and education in predicting micro-enterprise performance >

The research objective of this paper is addressed by firstly using direct and indirect measures of skills to generate a human capital profile of SMME owners across both the formal and informal sectors, and secondly by using econometric analysis to ex...

The sectoral nature of our economic growth trajectory: Three observations >

This presentation discusses the following topics: 1. The Skills Implications of a Growth Path Dependency 2. The Structural Transformation Challenge: From Sectors to Skills 3. Are our Education and Training Institutions Growth Enhancing?

The shifting boundaries of artisanal work and occupations >

This project report uses the concept of occupational boundaries as a lens to investigate change to artisanal work and its organisation, the focus question being: Has the work of artisans changed and, if so, how? Through qualitative investigation into...

The state of co-operatives in South Africa: The need for further research >

The purpose of a study on co-operatives is to draw a clear picture of the co-operatives status quo which includes how many they are, what they do, how the market for their products is, what the operating conditions are, what capacity enhancement need...

The state of graduate teacher transition to the labour market >

Education has a critical role to play in the broader economic and social development of communities. Integral in any education projection are teachers that are skilled and are able to offer quality education. Various kinds of both national and intern...

Towards a generic survey of labour market information in South Africa >

This paper investigates the current state of South African firm-level studies. It is evident that divergence in when studies were researched and written and variation in research agendas and approaches hinders the understanding and tracking of the pr...

Towards responsiveness and employability in the FET college sector >

This paper reviews the field of educational research in South Africa in terms of the allied concepts of responsiveness and employability. The paper discusses the definitions of the two concepts and outlines the debates around the definitions of the c...

Towards understanding the distinctive nature of artisan training: Implications for skills planning in South Africa >

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) initiated the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), leading a consortium to conduct research to support the development of an institutiona...

Traffic jams or trees? How are South African youth progressing through the post-school sector? And what lessons can we learn from current studies? >

This concept paper explores how the transition from education to employment of graduates is measured. It reflects not only on the findings of a number of recent research reports and projects, but also on the methodologies adopted by such research pro...

Understanding changing artisanal occupational milieus and identities: Conceptualising the study of artisans >

The paper starts off by drawing from recent empirical research on artisanal skills production in South Africa that has highlighted key systemic blockages to increased artisan development. This is an important starting point, as the decline in artisan...

Understanding interactive capabilities for skills development >

This presentation focuses on the following challenges: How to address skills gaps in South Africa to improve alignment between what the Education and Training system produces, and the needs of the public and private sectors? How can industry and educ...

Understanding interactive capabilities for skills development in sectoral systems of innovation: A case study of astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array telescope >

This case study report is a product of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), a largescale, long-term research and development project that aims to support the Department of Higher Education and Training's mandate to establish a credible...

Understanding interactive capabilities for skills development in sectoral systems of innovation: A case study of the sugarcane growing and milling sector in KwaZulu-Natal >

This case study report is a product of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), a large-scale, long-term research and development project that aims to support the Department of Higher Education and Training's mandate to establish a credible...

Understanding interactive capabilities for skills development in sectoral systems of innovation: A case study of the tier 1 automotive component sector in the Eastern Cape >

As part of a larger study of sectors of the South African economy and their interactions with the post-school education and training system, this report focuses on the Eastern Cape and on the Tier 1 firms: the main component suppliers to the automoti...

Understanding labour demand in South Africa and the importance of data sources >

The aim of this paper is to clarify what is meant by labour demand in the Department of Higher Education and Training's (DHET) Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) project, to highlight the sources of data that can be used to understand labo...

Understanding labour demand in South Africa and the importance of data sources >

Building a Labour Market Intelligence System requires both demand and supply side information. Thus, the LMIP is concerned with establishing the foundation for labour market information systems (LMIS) in South Africa in which data on labour demand is...

Using the Delphi Method to select key indicators for skills planning >

This working paper explores how the Delphi method can be applied to selecting indicators for skills planning. The first part of the paper presents a brief overview of the Delphi method and the underlying theory, including definitions of the method, i...

What is the current state of research on PSET? >

This presentation defines the PSET sector as an 'inverted pyramid' that also reflects the scale and focus of the formal published research literature. Additionally, it asks the following key questions about the state of research on PSET: Who conducts...

Why changes to occupational domains matter for artisanal skills planning in South Africa >

This Policy Brief argues that we need a more nuanced understanding of the shifting boundaries of artisanal work and occupational domains. In particular, it presents two key findings emerging from research that evaluated changes to the nature of artis...

Work and qualifications futures for artisans and technicians >

This report offers a set of findings that synthesises the results of the four sector studies that make up the empirical component of the research study, Work and Qualifications Futures for Artisans and Technicians, under Theme 6 of the Labour Market...

Work and qualifications futures for artisans and technicians: A research guide >

This study, seeks to understand how artisans and technicians of the future need to be prepared for the labour market, it makes no claims to direct causal relations with regards to either of the relationships described above. The design was informed m...

A tracer survey of beneficiaries that completed a learning programme funded by the LGSETA between 2011/12 and 2013/14 >

The LGSETA has funded a number of interventions and beneficiaries throughout the NSDS III informed by applicable legislation, key policies and strategies that include among others, the National Development Plan 2030, the 1998 White Paper on Local Gov...

Analysis of green occupations: The local government sector perspective >

A study was carried to analyse existing and potential green occupations and identify green qualifications and skills necessary for the development of green economy practices. The study was carried out within the context of the role of local governmen...

Analysis of the skills required for green economy: The local government sector perspective >

The project was carried out within the context of the role of local government in the adoption of green economy strategy. The role of the local government in promoting green economy should be both reactive and proactive. The reactive aspect of the ro...

e-AET as a strategic avenue in addressing adult learning in the municipalities >

This desktop review seeks to explore e-AET as a strategic avenue in addressing adult learning in the municipalities by examining content development and learning platforms and their relevance in addressing challenges of adult literacy and learning. T...

Exploring the Smart City Concept and its Impact on the Local Government Sector >

The purpose of this study was to conduct a literature and national primary study on the implementation of smart city concepts in South Africa and the world. This was conducted to establish implications/ lessons learnt for South Africa in the context...

Local Government Best Practice in Waste Recycling, Reuse, and Recovery Progress in Commitment 5 of the Green Economy Accord >

Current waste management practices follow a linear approach associated with ‘use and disposal,’ imposing pressure on natural resources to sustain future generations. In addition, increasing populations, rapid urbanisation, industrialisation and consu...

Local government management and leadership skills development (2015-2016): Final report >

This research has five objectives: assessing the impact of skills development interventions on senior leadership in the municipalities, conducting the skills audit for the senior leadership in the municipalities, understanding the link between servic...

Mapping partnerships and interactive capabilities in skills development systems: A guide to fieldwork in TVET colleges >

This research guide (Research Instrument 4) provides a practical guide and set of templates for gathering information on the partnerships and capabilities of TVET colleges to form effective partnerships and learn through interaction - i.e., their int...

National enterprise and cooperative development strategy 2016-2017 >

The purpose of this strategy document is to expound on Goal 6 of the NSDS III, specifically: Encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises, worker initiated, nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and community training initiatives as a resu...

Report on the Feasibility Study in Using Shared Services Approach to Enhance Service Delivery and Financial Viability of Local Municipalities >

The shared services approach has become popular in local government systems, globally and South Africa, which seeks to enhance the quality and efficiency of service delivery. A mixed method approach was adopted to conduct surveys and interviews with...

Skills transfer in municipalities in South Africa >

This study focused on skills transfer in local government with specific reference to South Africa. The terms of reference for the study are: To develop a concept document on skills transfer in the workplace focusing on capacity-building programmes, c...

Water and wastewater management in local government: Skills needs and development - Final report part I >

Water and wastewater management in South Africa is almost reaching a crisis level and for this reason there is an increasing need for collaboration among different stakeholders. In 2014, the Local Government Sector Education and Training (LGSETA) and...

Water and wastewater management in local government: Skills needs and development - Final report part II >

Water and wastewater management in South Africa is almost reaching a crisis level and for this reason there is an increasing need for collaboration among different stakeholders. In 2014, the Local Government Sector Education and Training (LGSETA) and...

Young labour entrants' perceptions about a career in local government: Literature review and conceptual framework >

The purpose of this research paper is to identify factors that might influence career choice in the public sector and in particular, local government as part of the SETA's efforts of addressing NSDS III Goal 8 of building career and vocational guidan...

10th annual talent shortage survey >

Manpower Group surveyed more than 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries to identify the proportion of employers having difficulty filling positions, which jobs are difficult to fill, and why. Employers were also asked about the impact talent shortag...

AATP tracer study report: Final >

The merSETA AATP programme is about pacing and structuring the development of competent apprentices over a period of two to three years. Apprentices entering the programme had to have higher entry qualifications than the normal four-year apprenticesh...

An Analysis of the South African Tyre Manufacturing Industry’s Skills Demand Profile: 2009-2020 >

This research report has been compiled for the New Tyre Chamber of the MerSETA, in response to its request for the completion of a sector report focusing on future employment and associated skills demands within the South African tyre manufacturing i...

Analysis of workspace skills plans (WSP) and annual training reports (ATR) for merSETA member companies (2005-2007) >

This report analyses information contained in Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs) and Annual Training Reports (ATRs) submitted to merSETA by companies in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services sector in the years 2005 to 2007. The study object...

Employability in the engineering industry >

The study was undertaken to evaluate employability in the engineering industry through the eyes of recently graduated students, heads of FET Colleges and employers from various companies, operating in merSETA sectors and sub-sectors. Each of these gr...

FET college lecturers: The 'devolving' link in the South African skills development equation >

National attention on the role of skills development has focused on the role of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges in providing intermediate-level education and training necessary to meet the South African national development challenge. I...

Final research report for MERSETA OEM chamber: Empowering people with disabilities project >

This report is a summary of the research conducted in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) chamber of the merSETA. The purpose of the research was: 'To identify the best way to recruit, train and deploy people with disabilities (PwD) on MERSETA...

Impact assessment of learnerships and apprenticeships >

The merSETA is committed to seeking new and better methods to promote skills development. In order to do this, a deeper understanding of participants in learnership and apprenticeship programmes is necessary: an understanding of their motivations, ex...

LMIP Policy Roundtable Session 3: Perspectives on merSETA >

This presentation highlights the main challenges facing the post-school system. It also discusses SETAs and their role in the post-school system, as well as the implications of what this means for SETAs.

merSETA ABET project final report >

This research was undertaken in order to establish the current status and impact of Adult Basic Education and Training within the MERSETA. The brief for this project required that the research provide reliable information on the current situation wit...

merSETA Regional Sector Skills Plan: Western Cape final report >

This Regional Sector Skills Plan (RSSP) is aimed at unpacking the regional specificity of the merSETA subsectors. The objectives of this RSSP are to identify and map key features, trends, forecasts and legislative initiatives at the regional level re...

merSETA regional sector sklls plan: Northern Cape and Free State region >

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA) was established through the Skills Development Act, (Act 97 of 1998). The merSETA facilitates skills development in the following five sub-sectors (or cham...

MerSETA research symposium on FET colleges, industry and employability: Emerging perspectives >

This Employability Symposium Report documents the proceedings of the merSETA Research Symposium on FET Colleges, Industry and Employability Education Partnerships for Africa Research Project seminar. The report builds on other research and impact stu...

merSETA tracer study final report 2016 >

The merSETA in response to the NSDS III implemented various workplace learning programs to assist learners and graduates with the much-needed work experience. These include apprenticeship, graduate internships and learnerships. It was in this light t...

MerSETA: Metal Chamber research project >

The purpose of the current project was to develop an understanding of the skills needs in the Metal and Engineering sector, the factors impacting on future training needs, key drivers of changes with reference to growth in the sector and national pri...

Motor Research Project: Employment and educational and skills audit of the merSETA Motor Chamber (first interim report) >

Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria (BE at UP) was appointed to conduct high impact research for the Motor Chamber of merSETA. Decision-makers at merSETA realised that there are various challenges pertaining to skills required by the M...

Motor Research Project: Employment and educational and skills audit of the merSETA Motor Chamber (second report) >

his is the second interim report of the Employment and Educational and Skills Audit research project of the merSETA Motor Chamber. The first report focused on the impact study and this report is a logical continuation of the first report. Since merSE...

Motor Research Project: Employment and educational and skills audit of the merSETA Motor Chamber (third report) >

This is a draft strategy report on the research project for the Motor chamber of merSETA. The purpose of this report is to submit an implementation strategy following the findings of the following reports as well as additional desktop research and st...

Motor Research Project:Employment and educational and skills audit of the merSETA Motor Chamber (synopsis) >

This report outlines a comprehensive assessment of the impact of various factors on the longer-term skills supply to the Motor Sector. No skills development initiative of value can be sensibly planned and implemented without an understanding of the p...

Plastic Chamber Research Project: Final report >

This research project was commissioned by the Plastics Chamber of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA). It is the continuation of a research process which began in 2012. The overall aim...

Project report: COMET pilot test South Africa >

Quality measurement instruments are an essential factor for TVET practice, planning and policy to establish and maintain an innovative TVET system. Based on this rationale the project partners merSETA and the University of Bremen (I:BB) have initiate...

Regional sector skills plan: Eastern Cape region >

This Regional Sector Skills Plan (RSSP) is aimed at unpacking the regional specificity of the merSETA subsectors. The objectives of this RSSP are to identify and map key features, trends, forecasts and legislative initiatives at the regional level re...

Regional sector skills plan: Kwazulu-Natal region >

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA) was established through the Skills Development Act, (Act 97 of 1998). The merSETA facilitates skills development in the following five sub-sectors (or cham...

Regional sector skills plan: Mpumalanga-Limpopo region >

This Regional Sector Skills Plan (RSSP) is aimed at unpacking the regional specificity of the merSETA subsectors. The objectives of this RSSP are to identify and map key features, trends, forecasts and legislative initiatives at the regional level re...

Regional sector skills plan: Synthesis report >

The Regional Sector Skills Plan (RSSP) is aimed at unpacking the regional specificity of the merSETA subsectors. The objectives of this RSSP were to identify and map out key features, trends, forecasts and legislative initiatives at the regional leve...

Regional skills sector plan Gauteng North West region >

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA) established through the Skills Development Act, (Act 97 of 1998). The merSETA facilitates skills development in the following five sub-sectors (or chambers...

Report of the research colloqium on post-school education and training: Towards successful workplace-based learning in South Africa >

The annual Research Colloquium is organised by the Research Forum on Post-School Education and Training (PSET) under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The purpose of the Research Colloquium is to deepen the conve...

Studying artisans in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector >

Given extensive changes globally in the nature of training and employment of artisans over the last few decades, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) commissioned the Human Sciences Res...

The marketing of public FET colleges in South Africa: Issues for policy and practice >

This paper considers the rising trend of introducing marketing practices into public education through the lens of South African further education and training colleges. It provides a review of the international literature on 'for-profit' and 'non-pr...

Towards better metrics of artisanal skills supply >

This presentation details the metrics needed for the various interdependent subsystems within an overall artisan development system.

Report of the Ministerial Committee on Articulation Policy: The purposes, principles and procedures of programme articulation in South Africa's post-school education and training system >

This document is intended to provide purposes, principles and recommendations for articulation. These are intended to guide the creation of a policy framework to inform the articulation practices of role-players in the formal post-school education an...

Ministerial task team on a national strategy for the recognition of prior learning: Final report incorporating a proposal for the national implementation strategy >

This report begins with a broad overview of pre-1994 RPL policy and research; post-1994 policy and implementation developments; developments from 2007; terms of reference and composition of the task team; approach of the task team; submission and eng...

DHET Colloquium on NQF: Quick feedback on preliminary findings >

This briefing supplies feedback on the preliminary findings of the DHET Colloquium on NQF held on 12 September 2017. It highlights the need for an assessment of programme delivery, strategies, procedures and processes and an assessment of policy/prog...

NQF governance: DHET colloquium on NQF >

This presentation focuses on the following topics: the DHET/NQFA implementation evaluation; working definitions of corporate governance (King IV's broader context) and common sense; key characteristic of good governance; governance framework; governa...

Implementation Evaluation of the National Qualifications Framework Act 67 of 2008 >

The purpose of this evaluation is to provide an independent and objective examination of the implementation of the NQF Act, including its associated policies and regulations, relative to its goal(s) and objectives. The evaluation also seeks to identi...

Volume 2: An analysis of existing post-school education and training expenditure and revenue >

The Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system has a critical role to in providing the human capital, research and innovation that is needed to drive development and raise economic growth over the long term. In South Africa, the PSET system has...

Volume 3: Cost implications of the white paper proposals - Costing model output report >

The White Paper on Post-School Education and Training sets out a vision of the post-school education system in 2030. In addition, it provides a number of policy targets and objectives. This expenditure model investigates the likely financial costs of...

Unit record vs aggregate data: Perspectives on postsecondary education data collection, retention, and release >

The Steering Committee of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) established a Unit Record Versus Aggregate Data Working Group in 1996 to identify and assess data sharing methods that are needed to advance our understanding of when,...

Evaluation of the National Skills fund ( Period Under Review: 2015/2016-2019/2020) >

This report presents the integrated findings of the NSF evaluation that seeks to identify and trace the impact ofthe NSF interventions as a catalytic fund with regard to beneficiaries of education, training, and skills developmentprogrammes over the...

Evaluation of the National Skills Fund Report >

The landscape of the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) comprises various institutions and organisations that can be broadly divided into education and training provision, regulation, advisory, and planning and facilitating. Within the PSET sy...

LMIP Roundtable Theme 5: Post-schooling training and higher education: Key issues for skills development and the labour market >

This presentation focuses on the key question: How is South Africa responding labour market and skills challenges? The presentation aims to respond to, and address, the fragmentation and 'lack of credibility' of supply and demand side skills informat...

Policy Brief: Evaluation of Sector Education and Training Authority Governance >

The purpose of the evaluation was to investigate the implementation of SETA governance, to identify successes and challenges in implementation and to make recommendations for improvement. The effectiveness and efficiency of SETA governance was evalua...

Policy Brief: National Skills Fund (NSF) Evaluation Study >

The National Skills Fund (NSF) has been established in terms of Skills Development Act of 1998 to provide funds to support projects that are national priority in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). The Fund also provides support on Human...

SETA Governance Evaluation Report >

The evaluation investigates the implementation of SETA governance, identifying successes and challenges in implementation and making recommendations for improvement.

Confronting youth unemployment: Policy options for South Africa >

The publication of this discussion paper will initiate a process of public consultation regarding options available to the state to increase the number of youths in employment. The consultation process will include discussions within the economic sec...