The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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This book provides an overview of human resources development (HRD) in South Africa. It focuses on three institutional subsystems of the larger South African social system that play an important role in the development of human resources. They are: the youth labour market; the world of work; and the national system of science and innovation.

The analysis shows how, in the South African context, contradiction and incoherence characterise the interactions between institutions in each of these three institutional subsystems. The author argues that policy co-ordination and implementation need to be 'joined up' to achieve a more effective interlocking of institutions - such as, for example, the improved dovetailing within the youth labour market of processes of acquiring a Grade 12 education and acquiring a job.

The analysis concludes by arguing that the skills problem in South Africa is not located only at the high-skills end, but also in intermediate- and low-skill needs. Each of these skill bands are experiencing severe HRD problems which require urgent resolution.

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Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 104
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2042-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2042-3
Publish Year : 2004

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Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Conceptual framework
Solutions to institutional incoherence: joined-up policy
Relevance to South Africa
Key features of HRD in South Africa

2. The youth labour market
Key trends of the supply side
Growth of private provision
Systemic inefficiencies
Inefficiencies in the public higher education system
Skewed graduate outputs by field and level of study
Inefficiency in the FET college system
Key trends of the demand side

3. The world of work
Governments macro-economic achievements
Contractionary effects
Training in SA enterprises

4. The national system of science and innovation
The partial success of South Africas industrial policy
South Africas performance against international benchmarks
Weakening science base
Conclusion

5. HRD and the skills crisis
The skills deficit: a multi-pronged approach
A shortage of high skills
The importance of intermediate skills
Low skills
Multi-faceted policy solutions

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