Education and Skills Development
Vijay Reddy was one of the plenary speakers at the 2019 National Skills Conference Building a demand-led skills development system that focuses on inclusive economic growth hosted by the National Skills Authority. The plenary speakers included Minister Pandor (Minister of Higher Education and Training) and Minister Dlamini-Zuma (Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation). The presentation focussed on the summary of the research findings and recommendations from the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) Project, contained in LMIP Update 2018: Skills Planning for the Post School Education and Training System.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) was commissioned by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to study the dynamics of skills supply and demand in order to inform skills policy in South Africa.
LMIP issued the latest edition of their Research Bulletin
A poor schooling background follow students right through university and graduation and influences their chances of finding employment, especially if they are black and female.
The matric results provide important information regarding whether the schooling system is able to meet the demands for scarce skills in the country in relation to Science, Engineering, Commerce and Health. Using the National Senior Certificate results from 2011-2015, we analyse the progress made along the education pipeline.
Higher education institutions contribute to economic development by drawing on evolutionary economics and the national innovation systems approach. This offers distinct advantages in conceptualising higher education’s developmental role, through its stress on the importance of education, skills, work, innovation and production for economic development.
Close to three years on since the start of the LMIP, we gather at this briefing meeting to share some of our findings to you, Honourable Minister, the Department of Higher Education and Training and the audience of skills development policymakers, practitioners and researchers. I can vouch that researchers in this project collectively spent many more than 10 000 hours studying skills planning. Not only have they studied this area and conducted research to better understand the enterprise and dynamics of skills planning, but they have undertaken the work in collaboration with government and other social actors. I am pleased to note that LMIP has become a brand synonymous with skills planning in South Africa.