The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Through 25 chapters authored by some of the leading researchers in the field, Human Resources Development Review 2008 provides an extensive overview of the contextual factors driving human resources development in South Africa. A key theme throughout the volume is the importance of a multi-faceted skills development strategy operating at three levels.

The first entails high-skills policies aimed at expanding export-oriented manufacturing production and services provision, particularly in new globally-competitive 'niche' areas. The second level relates to the ongoing need for intermediate skills, as is evidenced by the shortage of skilled artisans and technologists. Finally, the provision of basic, entry-level skills is important in view of the urgent need for large-scale job creation schemes to ameliorate high levels of unemployment and despondency, especially amongst the youth.

Together with its companion data warehouse (see http://hrdwarehouse.hsrc.ac.za), this is an essential, user-friendly resource for policy-makers, planners, managers and educators at national and institutional levels.

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Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 640
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2203-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2203-8
Publish Year : 2007
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INTRODUCTION

  1. The education-economy relationship in South Africa, 20012005
    Andr Kraak

SECTION ONE : CONTEXT

  1. Overview of the economy and economic policy
    Sandy Lowitt and Miriam Altman
  2. Employment shifts and the 'jobless growth' debate
    Haroon Bhorat and Morn Oosthuizen
  3. The social and human development context
    Ingrid Woolard and Chris Woolard
  4. The impact of HIV/AIDS
    Jocelyn Vass
  5. The informal economy
    Richard Devey, Likani Lebani, Caroline Skinner and Imraan Valodia
  6. Science and technology policy
    Michael Kahn

SECTION TWO : SUPPLY

  1. Public expenditure on education
    Russell Wildeman
  2. Early childhood development
    Linda Biersteker and Andrew Dawes
  3. Adult basic education and training
    Ivor G Baatjes
  4. Public schooling
    Jennifer Shindler
  5. Further Education and Training colleges
    Salim Akoojee, Simon McGrath and Mariette Visser
  6. Higher education
    Mignonne Breier and Mahlubi Mabizela
  7. Enterprise training
    Simon McGrath and Andrew Paterson
  8. Training in the South African public sector
    Andrew Paterson

SECTION THREE : HIGH SKILLS AND THE PROFESSIONS

  1. High-skill requirements in advanced manufacturing
    Jo Lorentzen and Angelique Wildschut
  2. Financial services professions
    Elize van Zyl
  3. Veterinary skills
    Andrew Paterson
  4. Pharmacists
    Elsje Hall
  5. Social workers
    Nicci Earle
  6. Engineers, technologists and technicians
    Rnette du Toit and Joan Roodt

SECTION FOUR : INTERMEDIATE SKILLS AND THE MIDDLE OCCUPATIONS

  1. Three pathways to intermediate skilling
    Andr Kraak
  2. Intermediate-level workers in the services sector
    Rnette du Toit
  3. The growing skills crisis in the tourism sector
    Didi Moyle

SECTION FIVE : ENTRY-LEVEL SKILLS

  1. Training within the South African national public works programme
    Anna McCord

Dr Andre Kraak is former Research Director for Human Resources Development and Science Studies in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme at the HSRC.

Karen Press has worked in a range of progressive education projects, and has published textbooks, children's stories and poetry in South Africa and abroad, including works in translation in Mauritian Kreol, Turkish, Tamil, French and German. She currently works as a freelance editor and writer.

Contributors include Professor Haroon Bhorat, Dr Michael Kahn, Richard Devey, Imraan Valodia, Likani Lebani, Jo Lorentzen, Mahlubi Mabizela, Anna McCord, Didi Moyle, Ivor Baatjes, Dr Miriam Altman, Caroline Skinner, Jocelyn Vass, Russel Wildeman, Nicci Earle, Professor Andy Dawes, Elsje Hall, Renette du Toit, Salim Akoojee, Dr Mignonne Breier, Linda Biersteker, Sandy Lowitt, Joan Roodt, Professor Simon McGrath, Dr Andrew Paterson, Dr Ingrid Woolard, Mariette Visser, Jennifer Shindler, Elize van Zyl, Angelique Wildschut, Dr Chris Woolard and Morne Oosthuizen.

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