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.
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