OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training

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2077-7736 (online)
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2077-7728 (print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/20777736
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Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged? The country reports in this series look at these and other questions. They form part of Skills beyond School, the OECD policy review of postsecondary vocational education and training.

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A Skills beyond School Review of South Africa

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Author(s):
Simon Field, Pauline Musset, José-Luis Álvarez-Galván
18 Nov 2014
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132
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9789264223776 (PDF) ;9789264223752(print)
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Vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. How can employers and unions be engaged? How can workbased learning be used? How can teachers and trainers be effectively prepared? How should postsecondary programmes be structured? This country report on South Africa looks at these and other questions.

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Table of Contents

Summary: Strengths, challenges and recommendations 7
-Why vocational education and training matters 7
-Strengths of the South African system 8
-Challenges and Recommendations 10
Chapter 1. Prospects for youth - the challenge for South Africa 15
-Introduction 16
-The role of vocational education and training 19
-The issues: strengths and challenges of the South African system 25
-References 33
Chapter 2. Simplifying vocational pathways 37
-The challenge: The architecture of the system 38
-Recommendation: Simplify the system 45
-Supporting arguments: Simplicity strengthens the system 45
-References 53
Chapter 3. Building partnership between vocational training and the economy 57
-The challenge: weak links between the vocational system and the labour market 58
-Recommendation: Build a responsive vocational system through partnership with -industry 64
-Supporting arguments: Tools for building partnership with the world of work 64
-References 74
Chapter 4. Reforming funding arrangements 77
-Challenge: weaknesses in the levy-grant scheme 78
-Recommendation: reform the levy-grant scheme 84
-Supporting arguments: simpler and more efficient administration 85
-Challenge: reforming the TVET college funding formula 86
-Recommendation: fund TVET colleges to reflect real costs, and encourage completion 89
-Supporting arguments: building an effective formula 89
-References 93
Chapter 5. Strengthening professional development for vocational teachers and college leaders 97
-Challenge: quality in teaching and college leadership 98
-Recommendation: strengthen the teaching workforce and its leadership 101
-Supporting Arguments: defining the key skills of the college workforce 101
-References 107
Chapter 6. Supporting completion and transition 111
-Challenge: insufficient focus on helping students to complete 112
-Recommendation: tackle low completion rates 117
-Supporting arguments: tools to improve completion 118
-References 126

 
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