Wednesday 19 February 2014

New HRD Plan for South Africa Launches on 3 March 2014

Update at 18 March 2014 -  You can now download the newly released 2014 - 208 National Integrated HRD Plan, or fetch it from the folder below, which includes the 18 Task Team Research Papers that were made public at the Summit.

The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was established in March 2010 to co-ordinate the work of building South Africa's human capital across the wide range of stakeholders involved. Modeled on the successful, but temporary JIPSA initiative, the HRD Council signals the awareness by both state and non-government actors that HRD is an apex level priority that deserves collaboration between presidential, CEO and labour union leaders.

Next week will witness a significant milestone in the work of the Council, with the launch of its National Integrated Human Resource Development Plan at Gallagher's Estate in Midrand, Gauteng.

Sunday 16 February 2014

USA pilots career-focused high school model similar to German and Swiss vocational schools

There is an interesting article out in this month's Time Magazine - about a new high school model called the P-Tech program (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools).

Its about getting high schools to link more closely to employers which has several benefits for the schools:

  1. more funding and sponsorships
  2. help with making the curriculum more relevant in terms of employability, and
  3. building pathways into the workplace for students to start experiencing job shadowing, work experience and internships.

The US cover is to the left and to the right is the Africa edition cover, but the article is the same in both editions and starts on page 31 in the Africa edition.

Unfortunately you have to subscribe to read the full article but I have summarised the article in some tweets below.