Getting Skills Right: South Africa

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This report identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in South Africa. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment of skills acquisitions with labour market needs; education and training policies targeting skills development and investment for individuals and employers; job creation policies to develop skills through on-the-job learning; and policies facilitating the entry of migrants with skills that are in demand. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD secretariat.


Challenges and recommendations for South Africa

In spite of the extensive range of policy initiatives to tackle skills imbalances in South Africa, some challenges remain. This chapter zooms in on the most important challenges, and provides recommendations that can be used by public and private stakeholders to improve the skills outcomes of the country. Best practice examples from other countries are provided to illustrate how policies can effectively address skills imbalances. These recommendations and examples can guide South African policy-makers in the (re-)design of new and existing policies to reduce skills shortages, surpluses and mismatch.


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