South Africa has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment and is renowned for being one of the most unequal societies in the world. In this context, training and education play critical roles in helping young people escape poverty and unemployment.
Post-school Education offers insights about the way in which young people in South Africa navigate their way through a host of post-school training and education options. The topics range from access to, and labour market transitions from, vocational education, adult education, universities, and workplace-based training. The individual chapters offer up-to-date analyses, identify some of the challenges that young people face when accessing training and education and also point to gaps between education and the labour market.
The contributors are all experts in their respective components but write with a holistic view of the post-school education system, using an unashamedly empirical lens. Post-school Education will be of interest to all researchers and policymakers concerned with the transformative role of further education and training in society.
1. The post-school education and training landscape in South Africa: ‘Massification’ amidst inequality
PART 1: SCHOOLING, PROGRESSION AND TERTIARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2. Young people’s early adult transitions: Five years in the South African Youth Panel Study
Kathryn Isdale, Vijay Reddy and Lolita Winnaar
3. The post matriculation enrolment decision: Do public TVET colleges provide students with a viable alternative? Nicola Branson and Amy Kahn
4. The adult education and training (AET) island: The missing piece of the post-school puzzle Peliwe Lolwana
5. From Grade 12 into, and through, university: Higher education access and success for the 2008 national NSC cohort. Hendrik van Broekhuizen, Servaas van der Berg and Heleen Hofmeyr
PART 2: HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE LABOUR MARKET
6. Over-qualification and skills-utilisation in the graduate labour market: Evidence from two South African universities
7. Aspirations and horizons for action: Student choice of profession in South Africa
8. Assessing the usability of the Western Cape Graduate Destination Survey for the analysis of labour market outcomes
Nicola Branson and Murray Leibbrandt
PART 3: TVET COLLEGES, WORKPLACE PROGRAMMES AND SKILLS
9. Tracing the pathways of National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) programme graduates through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and beyond
Joy Papier, Lesley Powell, Timothy McBride and Seamus Needham
10. Continued learning and employment: Destinations of TVET engineering graduates in the North West Province
11. Workplace-based learning programmes and the transition to the labour market
Angelique Wildschut and Glenda Kruss
12. Education and skills mismatch in the South African labour market
Erofili Grapsa, Bongiwe Mncwango and Michael Rogan
13. Reflections on post-school education and training: Access and outcomes