Skills in South Africa: the journey towards credible planning

SOURCE: Development Southern Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Powell, V.Reddy, A.Juan
KEYWORDS: LABOUR MARKET, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9253

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Abstract

Since 1994 the state has instituted active labour market policies to redress the apartheid skills legacy. The skills planning challenge continues to be how to coordinate efforts for the provision of the right skills to support inclusive economic growth, ensuring an alignment is achieved between what is required in the labour market and the supply from the education and training system. This article traces the South African journey of skills planning from late apartheid until the current time period in 2014 through a historical analysis of the political economy. The analysis reflects on the relationship between state formation in South Africa and the role of the state in directing skills development, and in the more recent period how skills planning responds to both the demands of the economy and ameliorating the historical legacies of education and skills exclusion.