The REAL/NORRAG International Collaborative Programme in Education, Skills and Labour Policy

, the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and NORRAG have established an International Collaborative Programme of Work in Education, Skills and Labour Policy. The broad purpose of the programme is the sharing and dissemination of their knowledge, research, insights and perspectives with local, regional and international stakeholders.

  The REAL, which is an established research centre, conducts projects into important policy areas in education and training, focused on the complex relationships between education, knowledge, work, the economy, and society. REAL brings together researchers from different disciplines, builds theoretical and systemic insights based on empirical research, improves the quality of empirical research, develops insights across different research areas, and contributes to national policy debates.

The joint vision is to engage in the fields of knowledge creation and dissemination as well as policy dialogue on skills development, education and labour, with the aim of contributing in an informed and evidence-based manner to the South African, regional, continental and international debates on skills, education and training policies. The overall objective is to improve the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development.

The collaborative programme will commence with three main themes:

  • Skills Development, TVET and Adult Education in South Africa, Southern African Development Community and BRICS, with a focus on the interactions between national, regional and international policies
  • Emerging role of the BRICS in the global governance of education and training
  • Urban violence, education and training policies

Recent activities include:

A formal launch of the collaborative programme was held on 23rd February 2016 in Johannesburg.

For more information, see also the University of the Witwatersrand and REAL.

Publications and resources:

>> REAL and NORRAG Policy Brief series on TVET and TVSD in Africa
>> Research Report #1 on "Understanding Barriers to Accessing Skills Development and Employment for Youth in Argentina and South Africa: Synthesis Report" by Peliwe Lolwana, Siphelo Ngcwangu, Claudia Jacinto, Verónica Millenaar and María Eugenia Martín (December 2015)