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n Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal - Skills development for the informal economy in South Africa

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-3666

Abstract

As skills development in general is recognised as an important tool for people's success, and the lack of access to skills development on the other hand has to be seen as a source of failure, it is clear that skills development for the informal economy has become an urgent matter, not only for the development of individuals, but also for economic growth and reduction of poverty in South Africa. This article presents an overview of the emergence of a sub-system for skills development for the informal economy since the end of Apartheid.


The structure of this article is as follows:
  1. An introduction to the challenges of skills development for the informal economy is discussed from a South African and international perspective.
  2. The emergence of a conceptual framework for skills development for the South African informal economy is described, based on an analysis of critical issues from policy formulation and implementation since 1994, followed by an analysis of the training needs of would-be and emerging entrepreneurs and concluded by exploring the way for developing an innovative basic entrepreneurial skills development (BESD) training methodology to capacitate would-be and emerging entrepreneurs in the informal economy.
  3. The results from the BESD research and development initiative of Mangaung and Botshabelo (Freestate) provide empirical evidence on how the would-be and emerging entrepreneurs have benefitted from the new BESD training methodology.
The conclusions and recommendations attempt to reflect the issues that should be taken into account in delivering skills development of the growing numbers of would-be and emerging entrepreneurs in the informal economy.

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2009-01-01
2019-09-22

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