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Bridging skills demand and supply in South Africa: the role of public and private intermediaries

Petersen, Il-Haam; Kruss, Glenda; McGrath, Simon; Gastrow, Michael

Authors

Il-Haam Petersen

Glenda Kruss

Michael Gastrow



Abstract

Demand-led skills development requires linkages and coordination between firms and education and training organisations, which are major challenges considering that each represents a ‘self-interested’ entity. The need for a ‘collaborative project’ involving government, firms, universities and colleges, and other bodies is thus increasingly recognised. However, the crucial role of intermediaries has been largely overlooked. The article addresses this gap by investigating the main roles of public and private intermediaries across three case studies: sugarcane growing and milling, automotive component manufacturing, and the Square Kilometre Array sectoral systems of innovation. The research highlights the need for a move towards systemic thinking, to bridge across public and private objectives. It shows that private intermediaries play a larger role than is recognised in policy; that public–private intermediaries play crucial roles in coordination; and the potential for public intermediaries to contribute more effectively to systemic functioning.

Citation

Petersen, I., Kruss, G., McGrath, S., & Gastrow, M. (in press). Bridging skills demand and supply in South Africa: the role of public and private intermediaries. Development Southern Africa, 33(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2016.1156518

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2016
Journal Development Southern Africa
Print ISSN 0376-835X
Electronic ISSN 1470-3637
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2016.1156518
Keywords Sectoral intermediaries, skills development, South Africa, sugarcane growing and milling, Square Kilometre Array, automotive components manufacturing
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34349
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0376835X.2016.1156518
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in development Southern Africa on 21 June 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0376835X.2016.1156518

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