Production of Professionals

Production of Professionals

Production of Professionals

 

Problem Statement:

South Africa is not producing enough graduates in priority areas and as such we have a skills shortage across a wide range of economic sectors.  There is also an uneven production of professionals across race groups as graduate rates are unacceptably low and graduate production times are long – this results in high levels of youth unemployment as funding.

 

Aim:

The aim is to investigate ways to increase production of qualified professionals in South Africa.

Key Issues Emerging

The Production of Professionals task Team has commenced the following research:

  • International benchmarking study highlighting that South Africa is lagging behind peer economies in terms of professionals per 1000 of the population
  • Investigate bursary and scholarship financial spend in South Africa

Expected Outcomes

The Production of Professionals TTT has been mandated to:

  • Guide the production of the professionals via the TTT
  • Develop recommendations for the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC) for support of production of professionals in priority fields
  • Identify priority fields
  • Develop measures to address backlogs and recommendations to address these
  • Analyse, quantify and understand business, donor and government contribution towards scholarships
  • Share best practice and research on management of bursaries, scholarships
  • Identify feasibility of funding of a website or organization such as SAQA to provide information on scholarships, bursaries and placements
  • Identify areas of overlapping with other TT Teams

The following areas of priority have been identified:

Health: Nurses, pharmacists and medical doctors

Engineering and the built environment: Engineers

Education: Teachers

Finance: Chartered accountants, actuarial scientists

Agriculture: Veterinary Science and Bio-Resource Engineering

Social sector: Social workers