Building research careers and institutions

Capacity development activities are integral to the work of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership. We focus on strengthening individuals and institutions.

Researcher development 

Individual research capacity building projects aim to increase the number and quality of researchers working on post-school education, training, skills development and labour market issues in South Africa.  

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Bursary programme 2013-6

From 2013 onward, the LMIP recruited and funded students for postgraduate study in labour market-related and post-school education fields, and helped to ensure their placement for mentorship at relevant research institutions.

"I am overcome with gratitude in being awarded the scholarship. The financial generosity of the scholarship has aided the lifting of the financial burden that had been placed on my single parent for many years. By being awarded the scholarship I was able to focus on my education and put all my energy into doing all in my classes and work on a dissertation of which I am proud. In addition, it has allowed me to be one step closer to my educational goals." - Ms Nthabiseng Marie, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Masters in Population Studies)

2016 cohort:

Saki, J. The development of Human Capital Management model as strategy to attract talent in the Sarah Baartman District Area. University of the Free State (Honours).

Van Blerk, C. How the labour market operates and how the difference between satisfied/unsatisfied workers, reflect on the labour market. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Honours).

Mnwana, Z. An investigation of the correlation between access to different sources of job information and employment status: a case study of KwaMagxaki. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Honours).

Phillip, B. The correlation between youth employability and job search activity in Motherwell Township. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Honours).

2013-5 cohort:

Christie, Z. D. Production upgrading and skills development in the Western Cape clothing sector: are industry requirements being met by institutional policy implications? University of Cape Town (Masters).

Clarke, R. University of Cape Town (Masters).*

Fobosi, S. C. Formalisation, informalisation and the labour process within the minibus taxi industry in East London, South Africa. Rhodes University (Masters).

Gous, H. Inequality and underperformance of the South African education system. Stellenbosch University (Masters).

Kruger, N.  Does Matric matter? An analysis of the correlation between the attainment of a Matric certificate and labour market outcomes in South Africa. University of Witwatersrand (Honours)

Lilenstein, K. Youth unemployment and reservation wages in Cape Town, South Africa. University of Cape Town (Masters).

Magungxu, V. University of Fort Hare (Masters).*

Makaluza, N. N. Stellenbosch University (Masters).*

Marie, N. C. The influence of socioeconomic status on academic achievement in Mathematics and Science in South Africa: Evidence from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2011. University of KwaZulu-Natal (Masters).

Mashimbye, F. Socio-economic evaluation of the upgrading of informal settlements programme in Ditseneng and Greenside. University of Pretoria (Honours).

Naidoo, T. Augmented Reality Technologies today and tomorrow. University of Pretoria (Honours).

Phelp, P.Youth unemployment in South Africa: Could mandatory national service be a solution? University of Cape Town (Honours).

Pretorius, N. Intellectual capaital: exploration of Chinese investment on intellectual capital management practices in SA banking industry. Rhodes University (Masters).

Rammutloa, M. Utilising the course tools available on the Blackboard eLearning platform to enhance teaching and learning within the System Design and Development module of third year students at UP. University of Pretoria (Honours).

Rich, K. Equity and efficiency issues in South African education: Some illustrations using education production functions on TIMSS data.  Stellenbosch University (Masters). 

Robertson, S. Toward universal sustainability: Strategies and guidelines. Rhodes University (Masters).

Swart, J. Time preference, job search, reservation wage and exit rates from unemployment: An application to South Africa. University of the Free State (Honours). 

*Research titles unavailable at the time of publication

Research internship programme 

We also trained interns and junior researchers to work on LMIP projects. In 2013 the HSRC, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the DPRU employed 14 interns and junior researchers conduct research on the LMIP projects under the mentorship of senior researchers.

Institutional capacity building

Our institutional capacity development activities focus mainly on strengthening and supporting the capacity of the Department of Higher Education and Training to manage a labour market intelligence system.

Structured learning sessions

The formal institutional capacity building programme of the LMIP centres on six structured ‘learning sessions’ over the three years of the LMIP.

Research teams, DHET staff and SETAs all have the opportunity to interact with theme leaders and experts on the research that is being conducted. 

Learning sessions are designed in consultation with DHET as knowledge sharing workshops and not merely a one-way flow of knowledge from ‘the experts’.