Leveraging 4IR for VET in South Africa

Establishing Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to enhance VET

Digging deeper sessions
  1. Lab Host(s): William Mogale (AIDC) and Isabella Hlabangu (AHK)
  2. Participants: 10 participants from government, private and international development and technical cooperation agencies
  3. Challenges highlighted: Several PPP’s are not effective in enhancing VET and much of this can be linked to the following factors:
    • No unified public sector. Some PPPs do not work with apex organisations in any given industry. This limits their ability to effect change as single organisations cannot speak for broader industry. Additionally, small and medium size enterprises are often not included in these PPP structures, thus their voices are not reflected
    • No demand-based skills planning. Despite ambitions for PPPs to be transformative, none are tackling the issue of demand-based skills planning, nor are they informing demand-led skills development and consequently, the results on the ground are not visible
    • Perverse incentives e.g. companies completing training by themselves to benefit from BEE points rather than trusting and enhancing the existing systems, like TVET Colleges
  4. Potential Solutions:
    • There have been successful PPP programs (at varying degrees of scale), it is important to document factors contributing to success and sharing this among key stakeholders – include “best practice” examples in this context
    • Connect to initiatives already implemented, e.g. the Job Summit, Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), Centres of Specialisation (CoS), HRDC models on partnerships, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), etc
    • Develop an MoU between identified organisations for PPP reflecting what each contributes – PPP success is linked to each stakeholder having something of value to contribute
    • Conduct an analysis of the policy landscape to identify key bottlenecks for PPP’s in the VET context
  5. Possible next Steps:
    • Documentation of key factors for successful PPPs – include a list of who the key stakeholders are, how the PPP is funded and its key achievements.
    • Share this document at the HRDC summit in 2020.
    • Isabella Hlabangu (AHK) and Nkhensi Tlakula (HRDC Skills Summit team member) could lead the development of the document but all the participants will work on the report
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