Using evidence to brief policymakers and inform policy processes

The Labour Market Intelligence Partnership brings the research and policy communities together. We do this by organising policy roundtables on specific topics and by developing concise evidence-based briefing notes. 

LMIP Briefings

Each LMIP Briefing is an evidence-based contribution to informing the development of a skills planning mechanism for South Africa. Showcasing our cutting edge research, briefings aim to highlight key trends and potential implications.

Our target audiences? Government policymakers and institutional planners charged with planning for the next generations of skilled workers in South Africa. 

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Above: Minister of Higher Education and Training of South Africa Dr Blade Nzimande. [Credit: LMIP]

All Briefings

- LMIP Briefing 23: Temporary Employment Services in South Africa

- LMIP Briefing 22: An assessment of the skills demand implications of government’s economic development policies

 - LMIP Briefing 21: Understanding educational transitions 

LMIP Briefing 20: Interrogating the concept of employability

- LMIP Briefing 19: Changing knowledge bases at intermediate labour market levels: Drawing out further insights for artisanal work and work preparations

LMIP Briefing 18: Skills planning and development in the sugar farming and milling sub-sector

LMIP Briefing 17: Building interactive capacities: The case of the SKA

LMIP Briefing 16: The SETA Labour Market Survey

LMIP Briefing 15: The LMIP as a case study of evidence-based policymaking  

LMIP Briefing 14: The role of higher education institutions in predicting labour market outcomes

LMIP Briefing 13: Planning for artisanal skills in the future  

LMIP Briefing 12: The Eastern Cape study on transitions to the labour market by university graduates

LMIP Briefing 11: Mechatronics trade worker in the automotive sector of the country: Artisan, Technician or Professional?

LMIP Briefing 10: Public attitudes to the labour market in South Africa

LMIP Briefing 9: The South African Youth Panel Study

LMIP Briefing 8: Note to Minister on the implementation of a Skills Planning Mechanism  

LMIP Briefing 7: Institutional responsiveness and student employability in the vocational education and training curriculum

LMIP Briefing 6: The Key Indicators of Skills Planning (KISP) project

- LMIP Briefing 5: The implementation of a Skills Planning Mechanism: The capability challenge

LMIP Briefing 4: A National Skills Planning and Intelligence Unit?

LMIP Briefing 3: Contours of the Skills Planning Mechanism: The issue of scarce skills

LMIP Briefing 2: Contours of a Skills Planning Mechanism: The database issue

LMIP Briefing 1: Contours of a Skills Planning Mechanism: Strategic issues 

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LMIP Policy Roundtables

LMIP policy roundtables are opportunities for our research teams to talk frankly and openly to policymakers about what they're finding. 

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- LMIP Policy Roundtable 8: How do TVET providers develop intermediate skills to strengthen employability and employment prospects of students? (17 February 2016)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 7: SETA Labour Market Survey (5 August 2015)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 6: Planning for artisanal skills: What’s missing? (26 February 2015)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 5: Frameworks, indicators and data for skills planning in South Africa (27 January 2015)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 4: Approaches and methodologies to estimating occupations in high demand (30 September 2014)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 3: Responding to shifting demands for skills: How do we get firms and post-school education and training organisations to work together?  (21 August 2014)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 2: The emerging contours of a credible institutional skills planning mechanism for South Africa: Towards a common perspective (19 March 2014)

- LMIP Policy Roundtable 1: Skills shortages in the economy: A conversation with the demand side  (24 January 2014)

Published Policy Briefs

Why changes to occupational domains matter for artisanal skills planning in South Africa

- Public attitudes to work in South Africa

- Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA)

- Pathways through university and into the labour market: Tracer study from the Eastern Cape

- Smooth, staggered or stopped? Educational transitions in the South African Youth Panel Study

- History and the economy matters for artisanal skills planning

- High-level audit of administrative datasets

- Understanding labour demand in South Africa and the importance of data sources

- South African labour market micro-data scoping study

- Institutional alignment in the knowledge economy: Lessons from Square Kilometre Array telescope

- Responsiveness and employability: An argument for building interactive capabilities in technical vocational education and training colleges in South Africa

- Enhancing employability: What can be done to improve TVET students’ chances of finding work?

- How can universities and colleges improve the alignment between education and work? A systemic, demand-led approach to skills planning and development