The e-skills landscape in South Africa: the issues of demand and supply and the use of international benchmarks to inform the South African e-skills development context

Merkofer, Philipp and Murphy, Angela (2009) The e-skills landscape in South Africa: the issues of demand and supply and the use of international benchmarks to inform the South African e-skills development context. Zeitschrift fuer Politikberatung, 2 (4). pp. 685-695. ISSN 1865-4789

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the key findings of a recent Accenture research study on the e-skills shortage in South Africa. Within the context of e-skills demand the article reveals the challenge of accurate assessment in the face of inconsistent demand data and presents the need for a standardised definition of e-skills demand. It also highlights key factors constraining the supply of e-skills in South Africa and the critical role of education in this regard. To further inform and support the e-skills development context in South Africa the article offers insights into the necessity and value of collaboration between government, industry and educators. This was identified in interviews with players from the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and tertiary education sector as well as from a benchmarking study of the ICT policies and key learnings of six countries.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 VS-Verlag. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Publisher's version may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 09:45
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-skills; standardisation; benchmarking; education; collaboration
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s12392-010-0219-y
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24857

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