http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.20Change: -0.02
R/$ = 10.69Change: -0.04
Au 1276.74 $/ozChange: -16.40
Pt 1421.00 $/ozChange: -7.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 04, 2012

R75m research project aims to improve visibility of labour-market trends

Back
Africa|Education|PROJECT|System|Systems|Africa|South Africa|University Of Cape Town|Information System|Systems|Blade Nzimande|Olive Shisana
Africa|Education|PROJECT|System|Systems|Africa|||Systems|
africa-company|education-company|project|system|systems-company|africa|south-africa|university-of-cape-town-facility|information-system|systems|blade-nzimande|olive-shisana
© Reuse this



South Africa has formally initiated a R75-million, three-year collaborative research project aimed at materially improving labour-market intelligence, as well as the visibility of the country’s current and future skills needs.

The initiative has been commissioned by the Department of Higher Education and is being funded through the National Skills Fund. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is leading the research in collaboration with the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.

Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says the aim is to develop a reliable information system that sheds light on the country’s skills needs, as well as labour market supply and demand patterns – information that will be used to inform human-resource development planning in the public and private sectors.

“For too long, the tools that we have used to prioritise skills in this country have been based on a limited understanding and analysis of the character, structure and shifts in the economy and the labour market,” Nzimande argues.

He, therefore, wants the new Labour Market Intelligence System (LMIS) to offer analysis that is more responsive to contemporary needs and trends, while offering insight into the changes that are likely to emerge over a 10 to 15 year horizon.

Such analysis and intelligence would facilitate alignment of South Africa’s education and training system with the economic priorities outlined in the New Growth Path and the National Development Plan 2030.

The LMIS outcomes, which are likely to be published in phases over the three-year period, will also help government in crafting incentives to support “optimal skills absorption” and job creation.

“Skilling our labour force will play a role in fighting unemployment, both directly by providing skills to a skills-hungry economy, but also indirectly by providing a stimulus to economic growth and development of new and existing industries and economic sectors,” Nzimande argues.

HSRC CEO Dr Olive Shisana describes the partnership as the largest investment in skills-related research globally, demonstrating government’s commitment to evidence-based policymaking.

The project has been broken into six research themes:

  • Establishing a foundation for labour-market information systems.
  • Forecasting the supply of and demand for skills.
  • Studying the skills needs of selected priority sectors.
  • Reconfiguring the post-school sector to align the education and training systems with economic trends.
  • An assessment of a young person’s potential pathways through the educational and training system into the workplace.
  • Understanding the changing artisanal occupational context.

Shisana argues that a more accurate labour-market analysis will help government, as well as individuals, make better-informed and more appropriate educational plans and investments.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Manufacturing News
Updated 3 hours ago Nampak, Africa's biggest packaging firm, will invest $10-million in the next 12 months to expand its Zimbabwean business after consolidating the operations under one company, the local chief executive said on Thursday. Nampak consolidated its shares in three...
The Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay is well on its way to becoming South Africa and Africa’s hub for green energy components manufacturing and technologies, said Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy division investment manager Sandisiwe Ncemane on...
Southern African leaders ended their two-day summit on Monday having resolved to direct member states to put industrialisation at the top of Southern African Development Community's (SADC’s) regional integration agenda. A Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour ago Construction, mining, development and engineering group Basil Read on Thursday announced that it expected a loss a share for the six months ended June 30, of between 131.18c and 160.33c, compared with the 198.28c earnings a share in the prior corresponding period....
Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago JSE-listed Group Five on Thursday said it had secured a three-year R4-billion engineering, procurement and construction contract for the design and build of a 350 MW gas- and oil-fired combined cycle power plant in Ghana. Ghana-based Cenpower Generation would issue...
Phumulo Masualle and Naledi Pandor
Updated 1 hour 17 minutes ago The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement surface that, for the upgrading of unpaved roads to paved roads, is more durable than many other pavement alternatives...
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that...
The repositioning of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M Seta) and its business processes will ensure improved performance in reaching strategic targets and in providing customer service.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks