The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Skills For The Future

Nowadays, previously unimagined employment opportunities abound and the future is likely to hold even more change. How do key actors involved in firms and production processes, higher and vocational education and skills training systems, and those responsible for implementing policy in specific sectors or regions, respond to the changing skills demands of the future? Skilling for future addresses a gap in understanding how current research intersects with a rapidly changing future.

Research teams from the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) undertook a set of experimental and innovative case studies on which the chapters are based. Skills Planning therefore provides fresh evidence on how work is actually changing in different sectors in South Africa, how this reflects shifting global patterns, how it impacts on the skills required by new forms of occupation and profession, and how it impacts on post-school education and training institutions.

Skilling for the future: New Research Perspectives presents innovative research that makes a contribution to knowledge in an important and poorly understood area.

The main thread that runs through the book is the movement from macro to meso- and micro levels, and what this can reveal to identify targeted incentive mechanisms and interventions that may be significant for wider use in the post-school education and training sub-system. – Professor Stephanie Allais, Director of Researching Education and Labour REAL Centre, University of Witwatersrand.

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 192
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2436-0
Publish Year : March 2019
Rights : World Rights

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: The need for new kinds of research

Chapter 2: Skills Planning for South Africa: getting the questions right

SECTION 2: NEW ANALYSES OF WORK, OCCUPATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, EMPLOYABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS

Chapter 3: Work change, occupational milieus and their impact on skills requirements

Chapter 4: The boundaries of artisanal work and occupations in South Africa, and their relation to inequality

Chapter 5: Work futures for artisans and technicians

Chapter 6: Curriculum responsiveness and student employability: An institutional analysis

SECTION 3: NEW WAYS TO THINK ABOUT DESIGNING AND RESOURCING EFFECTIVE INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR SKILLS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 7: A framework for understanding capabilities for skills development in sectoral systems of innovation

Chapter 8: High skills and labour market alignment: the case of the SKA

Chapter 9: The role of intermediaries in responding to shifting skills needs

Chapter 10: Higher education and economic development:

The importance of building technological capabilities

Chapter 11: Skills planning and development for the future in South Africa

Glenda Kruss is the Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at the Human Sciences Research Council, after many years as Research Director in the Education and Skills Development programme.

Over the past ten years, she has worked in the field of innovation studies, to understand the role of universities and public research institutes in economic and social development, and the determinants of skills and knowledge flows within sectoral, national and global systems of innovation.

She has collabo-rated on comparative projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has led large scale projects for national government, building alliances and networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, most significantly, the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP) programme for and with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Angelique Wildschut is a senior manager: research and policy at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). She completed her DPhil at the University of Stellenbosch in 2011. Her thesis focused on the attrition of female medical doctors from the South African medical profession.

Her more recent work has continued to draw on the sociology of work and professions literature, but extends related conceptual frames to study the world of work more broadly and a wider range of occupations. She remains interested in the perpetuation of structural inequalities in the world of work and its relation to occupational description.

Il-haam Petersen is a senior research specialist at the Centre for the Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She holds a doctorate degree in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Prior to joining CeSTII, Il-haam completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Education and Skills Development programme of the HSRC.

Il-haam’s research areas include mixed methods social network analysis and network-institutional approaches to analysing inter-organisational networks and informal networks; and innovation and development, particularly the micro-level foundations of innovation, using sociological approaches and innovation systems approaches.

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