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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.

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Policies addressing skills imbalances in South Africa

As skills imbalances can be costly for individuals and societies, countries try to reduce them by implementing policies that steer the demand for and supply of skills. The demand for skills can, for example, be influenced by industrial policy, while education and training policies, as well as migration policies, can alter the supply of skills. This chapter looks at the policies that have been implemented in South Africa to tackle skills imbalances. The main focus of the chapter is on government policies, but interesting NGO and private sector initiatives are also highlighted.

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