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Human resources development and the skills crisis in South Africa: the need for a multi-pronged strategy

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dc.date.accessioned 2005-03-08 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T10:13:45Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T10:13:45Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7459
dc.description.abstract This article presents a critique of the 'high skills' argument which, in the international literature, presents a high skill strategy as an adjunct and necessary condition for the successful expansion of human resources development (HRD) alongside social market institutions and 'joined up' policy. For a developing country such as South Africa, with a large proportion of its populace unemployed and possessing very low levels of skill, a privileging of high skills is inappropriate as the single focus of HRD. The article argues the case for a multi-pronged HRD approach, comprising a joint high-skill and intermediate-skill strategy on the supply side, underpinned by a demand-driven strategy that seeks to stimulate large-scale labour-absorbing employment growth and is supported by appropriate inputs of training for the unemployed. The analysis then examines the actual skills deficit in South Africa in each of the three (high, intermediate and low) skill bands, drawing on evidence from the recent HRD Review 2003 ( HSRC, 2003 ). The article concludes that the skills problem in South Africa relates not only to high-skill needs but also to intermediate and low-skill needs. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT en
dc.subject SKILLS SHORTAGE en
dc.title Human resources development and the skills crisis in South Africa: the need for a multi-pronged strategy en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 18(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2004/05 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human Resources Development en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Education and Work en
dc.ArchiveNumber 1756 en
dc.PageNumber 57-83 en
dc.outputnumber 1681 en
dc.bibliographictitle Kraak, A. (2005) Human resources development and the skills crisis in South Africa: the need for a multi-pronged strategy. <i>Journal of Education and Work</i>. 18(1):57-83. en
dc.publicationyear 2005 en
dc.contributor.author1 Kraak, A. en


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