n Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal - Changing worlds of work : job creation, inclusion and the multi-skilled worker - guest editorial

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1815-3666


Volume Nine of Skills@Work is focused on issues related to job creation and the stimulation of business, since these are critical concerns for economic development in many places, and particularly in areas with high unemployment. As such, the articles included in the volume address changing and intensifying macro-trends within the economy, across economically challenged regions such as KwaZulu-Natal and down to the scale of individual businesses and employee experiences. The first article engages critically with macro scale changes produced by the much-discussed ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and the ways in which these shifts impact on productivity and work in the South African context. The second article provides an analysis of national shifts towards greater inclusion within the South African economy by examining the state of black business in the post-apartheid period. The next piece critically examines the role of Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDAs) in creating jobs through economic development at the scale of local government. The following two articles are focussed on different aspects of the challenges associated with accessing and creating work. One analyses the incubation of black business, while the other addresses key aspects of business start-up, such as registration and acquiring suitable premises. The final article examines the facilitation of productive work for those with cerebral palsy, thereby shifting the overall discussion of job creation and inclusivity in volume 9 to the scale of employer-employee relations.

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