1 manufacturing , engineering and related services SETA. (merSETA). Salim Akoojee (PhD). Research and Development Manager merSETA Projects Division Visiting Associate Prof. (Wits) and Hon. Lecturer (UKZN). Making sense of the worlds of SETAs and in from outside of that ivory tower!!!!! RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT at merSETA: An intrinsically functional Understanding the research challenges!!! 22/06/2010. 22/06/2010. National Development challenges (and responses). Skills need to respond to twin challenges of Colonialism and Apartheid and reality of Uneven Development A meaningful long-term response to: Poverty, Unemployment, Growth, Crime, Xenophobia, power crisies, infrastructural considerations for FIFA World Cup The PIE Challenge Poverty, Inequality and (Un) Employment National Response RDP (1994) -GEAR (1996) - ASGISA (2005)-JIPSA.
2 HRDSA (2009/10). National Planning Framework for South Africa's response to the international economic crisis, 19th Feb. 2009. National Industrial Policy Framework New Growth Path (Inclusivity) Industrial Policy Action Plan Medium Term Strategic Budget Framework (2009/10). 22/06/2010. Skills and National Development Educational component (of the national development challenge). Access, Redress and Equity Efficiency and Quality (Retention of) Notion of excellence has been questioned on basis of ethical criteria focus on OUTCOMES. Additional Challenge for skills development Respond directly to National Skills Development Imperatives Effective outcomes Skills necessary for national development vs Economic development.
3 (re) thinking about notions of the nature of a Developmental State'. 22/06/2010. The Youth Time-Bomb Source: Financial Mail (March 26 2010). 22/06/2010. 2007 CS: Not Employed, Not in Education Not severely disabled 18 24 age cohort Age Total Population Number not in education, % of Population in age not employed and not group not in education, severely disabled not employed and not severely disabled 18 1,002,363 241,056 19 964,195 305,333 20 981,625 393,441 21 990,984 455,434 22 961,272 474,501 23 914,732 464,119 24 943,195 478,587 Total 6,758,366 2,812,471 22/06/2010. The Supply Challenge 22/06/2010. Post-School Enrolment HE Dynamics decline 2000-7: 555 080 761 000 ( Ave annual increase). SET : circa 27% unchanged FET 2002-4-8: 406143 - 373 000.
4 22/06/2010. The supply challenge 22/06/2010. Role of Research and Development . Rationale Efficiency vs Effectiveness Efficiency: Am I doing things right? Audit responsibility Effectiveness: Am I doing the right things? Research realm? What is this for? Is it really benefiting who it is intended? Trying desperately to bridge the gap between compliance and meaning manufacturing ngineering 22/06/2010 and related services SETA. manufacturing , engineering and related services Education and Training Authority One of 23 SETAs established through the Skills Development Act [no. 97 of 1998]. Economic sub-sectors Metal and engineering Auto manufacturing , Motor retail and component manufacturing Tyre manufacturing and Plastics industries 44 000 companies 600 000 workforce.
5 Total million workers in sector (2008). Significant GDP 14% of total employment (2009).. 22/06/2010. Research and Development (Working) Vision & Mission The provision of quality research for development in support of the quest to be leaders in closing the skills gap'. Commitment to Informed decision-making Sound empirical base Solid quantitative and qualitative information 22/06/2010. Functional vs Intrinsic Functional Intrinsic merSETA function Research as a competence Research as project Research for skills Worth to merSETA development Chamber-specific National resource for merSETA region-specific (merSETA) and national projects skills development A national project linking up with a range of agendas 22/06/2010.
6 Functional Legislative imperative Section 5 of the Skills Development Amendment Act (2008): (a) develop a sector skills plan (b) implement its sector skills plan by . (i) establishing [learnerships] learning programmes;. (ii)approving workplace skills plans and annual training reports;. (iii)allocating grants ..and (iv) monitoring education and [training] skills development provision in the sector 22/06/2010. Functional Research TVET Research to support skills development Education Partnerships for Africa (EPA). Employability Notions of employability from perspective of FET College, UK VET. Institutions and merSETA Companies (British Council project in association with University of Nottingham and FETI (UWC).)
7 FET Leadership (in process with Mathew Goniwe School of Leadership). Articulation Role of Workplaces in Learning Making sense of the Pathways HIV/Aids in merSETA (What's there?). FET Leadership (Mathew Goniwe School of Leadership). 22/06/2010. Functional Research Responsibility Research to support SSP development Scarce and Critical Skills Model WSP/ATR Analysis Quantitative analysis Qualitative Analysis (How WSP implemented on the ground). Impact of Economy on Skills Current Recession Regional Sector Skills Plans 22/06/2010. Intrinsic role of Research as an area of expertise/competence Importance of being a researcher (with Conferences all it entails) International, regional and national Need for legitimacy and credibility interaction within the academic community Not simply attendance (need to Responsiveness to academia in terms establish presence).
8 Of a merSETA agenda? Peer review for acceptance of proposal What works for academia? Conference proceedings as Publications (respect of academic publication community) Professional academic Journal engagements (international/regional/national). Books, chapters in books Academic community Review of Journal (as peer reviewer). Peer review as absolute quality check Professional associations Membership Portfolio involvement 22/06/2010. Publications Journal publications Chapters in Books Akoojee, S & Arends, F (2009) Intermediate- Akoojee, S. & McGrath, S. (2008) Skills level ICT skills and development in South development for Poverty Reduction: Can FET. Africa: Private provision form suited to national Colleges deliver?
9 In S. Maile (Ed.) Education and purpose! Journal of Education and Information Poverty Reduction Strategies: Issues of Policy Technologies, 14 (2): 189-204 (June 2009). Springer Press Available at Coherence: Colloquium Proceedings (pp. 199-213). < .com/content/c67q8052 Cape Town: HSRC Press 4k u4l132/#ContactOfAuthor1> Akoojee, S (2010) Intermediate skills Akoojee, S (2009) Intermediate-level Public development in South Africa: Understanding the Sector Skills Provision and FET Colleges: Expanding the agenda and widening impact, context responding to the challenge! Edigheji, Journal of Public Administration, 44(1): 30-43. O (Ed.) Constructing a Democratic McGrath, S & Akoojee, S (2009) Vocational Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials education and training for sustainability in South and Challenges, Cape Town: HSRC Press.
10 Africa: The role of public and private provision. (Chapter). International Journal of Educational Development 29 (2): 149 156 (forthcoming). Akoojee, S. (2008) Private Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) and national development: The South African reality. International Journal of Educational Development, 28 (2008): 764 765. 22/06/2010. Academic conferences Title of Paper Date Nature of Conference/Sympos ium* Venue Accelerated artisan training at the 18 Sept. th INNOVATIVE APPRENTICESHIPS: ETF European manufacturing 2009 Promoting Successful School-to-Work Training Foundation coalface: Resp onding to th e skills challenge in Transitions Villa Gualino, Viale South Settimio Severo 63 - Africa 65, 10133 Turin, ITALY.