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Sector skills planning

Post-school pathways

Education to employment

Research projects

Forecasting skills demand

Labour Market Intelligence

Democratic post-schooling

HRDS review

Minister's projects

Wholesale & Retail sector

VEOP pilot

NQF-related research

Conferences and calls for papers

INAP conference

NQF research conference

Higher education review


Post-school statistics


Youth and skills


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The Research Bulletin on Post-School Education and Training provides an open-access vehicle for up-to-date short research communications that will help advance the development of an integrated post-school system in South Africa. Contributions may be freely used provided that the source is acknowledged.


I welcome the first edition of the Research Bulletin on Post-School Education and Training. The response to the first call for contributions has been excellent. Evidently the Bulletin will meet a need. It will serve its purpose if it shines a light on the complex world of post-school learning and brings the producers and users of post-school research closer to one another. I wish to thank researchers, research organisations and public entities for their contributions.
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Alignment of sector skills planning to the National Growth Path (NGP)

Carmel Marock

A recent paper developed by Carmel Marock, Samantha Yeowart and Anthony Gewer under the auspices of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC-SA) examines ways in which skills planning could be better aligned with the needs of the economy. The paper draws on proposals emanating from a stakeholder workshop which generated options for a possible future approach to skills planning as well as institutional arrangements to support its implementation. The paper relies primarily on a review of both international and national literature in its exploration of approaches to skills planning. It critiques reactive approaches to skills planning that focus on immediate skills shortages. Read more

Post-school education pathways in planning in the South African education system

Anthony Gewer and Bina Akoobhai

The drop-out rate of learners from Grade 10 to 12 in South Africa is 40% (Sheppard & Cloete, 2009) and of those who reach Grade 12 on average almost 40% either do not write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination or else fail the examination Sheppard (2009). The failure of the South African education system to direct learners towards courses of study which are likely to maximise their natural talents (Fleisch et al., 2010 and Strassburg et al., 2010) is one of the myriad complex systemic, social, economic, and personal reasons for the drop out. This contributes to the 3.7 million NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), 45% youth unemployment, and overall unemployment rate of 25.5 % (3rd Quarter 2012, Statistics SA). Read more


Forecasting demand for supply of skills: developing better tools to inform decision making in the education sector

Siphelo Ngcwangu

The creation of a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning is a key goal of the National Skills Development Strategy III. This goal is being addressed in Theme 2 of the Labour Market Intelligence Project (LMIP) project for which Wits Education Policy Unit (Wits EPU) is responsible in partnership with Applied Developjment Research Solutions (ADRS). They have developed a linked macro-education model, based on an econometric modeling system which is used to produce benchmark medium and long term projections of demand and supply of skills from the education sector. Read more

Overview of the Labour Market Intelligence Project (LMIP)

Vijay Reddy and Glenda Kruss

South Africa (SA) needs a strong foundation of labour market information including credible datasets across the post-school system and labour markets, down to sectoral, occupational and regional levels of analysis. Equally we need strong labour market intelligence: research that analyses dynamics, capabilities and constraints. Other countries have established labour market information and intelligence systems to inform the development of policies and programmes across the education and training, skills and employment systems but a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning does not yet exist in S.A. Read more


Statistics on Post-School Education and Training in South Africa: 2011

Nomakholwa Makaluza

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has published its first statistical overview of the size and shape of post-school education and training in South Africa. The publication: Statistics on Post-School Education and Training Statistics in South Africa, 2011, provides basic information about student enrolment, staffing levels, student passes and student graduates in post-school education and training institutions as at 2011. Researchers can find data pertaining to public higher education institutions, public and private Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, public and private Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), artisans and the National Skills Fund (NSF), as at 2011. Read more

VitalStats: Public Higher Education, 2010

Council on Higher Education

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) has launched VitalStats: Public Higher Education, 2010 (2012), the first edition of a new annual booklet that provides recent and reliable data on the higher education sector. As part of its mandate, the CHE monitors and evaluates developments in the higher education sector. The VitalStats series adds a new type of offering to the CHE’s range of publications by providing verified data for use by researchers and others rather than evaluative comment.VitalStats is primarily based on data from the Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) augmented by data from Stats SA. Read more

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