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Case studies:  Skills & occupations

Manufacturing, engineering and related services sector occupation atlas

Client:  Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University 
Funder: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education & Training Authority (merSETA)

As part of a REAL team, Pinpoint was contracted to oversee the research component and team for this project. This also included research consolidation and writing up of the Atlas. The South African manufacturing sector is in a state of transition, which impacts the sectors' job landscape. The Atlas provides current and future employees and employers a window into the types of jobs and skills that are and will be required to meet changing trends and their resulting demands. The Atlas will be made available on-line in early 2021.

SADC Researchers Challenge: Covid-19 and the transformation of VET for sustainable futures 

Client:  JET Education Services
Funder: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Nicola Jenkin, Pinpoint Director, in partnership with colleagues from Wits University's Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL) acted as a co-lead on this research challenge. This involved providing methodological and subject-matter guidance to young researchers representing six SADC countries. This fascinating piece of research documented how skills supported sustainable livelihoods in response to the initial severe Covid-19 lockdown in March-April 2020. The research also explored the link between sustainable livelihoods, decent work, skills, knowledge and expertise. A presentation on the findings can be found here.

Developing competencies for a just transition of the South African banking sector

Client:  Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University
Funder:  Bank Sector Education & Training Authority (BankSETA)

Pinpoint was commissioned by Wits University's Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL) to manage and undertake research, alongside Creating Sustainable Value, to better understand the potential impact sustainability and digitalisation will have on jobs and skills in South Africa's retail banking sector. Pinpoint focused on digitalisation, providing an evidence-base from which BankSETA can set out a plan of action to support its members to transition to a digital future, with reduced impact on jobs.

Occupationally directed study on green skills in the South African petroleum sector

Client:  Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder:  Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA)

Under the the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint was commissioned, along with Creating Sustainable Value (CSV), to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa's petroleum sector, with a focus on refineries. The contextual drivers facing the industry, how they are responding to climate change and future scenarios were assessed to inform the types of skills and occupations the sector would need to transition to a green economy.

Skills audit and needs analysis for the Marine Protection
& Ocean Governance (MPG) sector

Client:  International Ocean Institute - African Region (IOI-SA)
Funder:  South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)

Pinpoint undertook research, and contributed to a study, on behalf of the International Ocean Institute - African Region (IOI-SA). As a skills specialist, Pinpoint guided the skills research methodology, undertook interviews and developed surveys to better understand the challenges faced by the sector in terms of scarce skills and capacity to better protect our oceans. Future skills and jobs needs were also identified and mapped.

Skills development for green public supply chain management

Client:  Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder:  Public Services Education & Training Authority (PSETA)

Through the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint undertook research, in collaboration with Creating Sustainable Value (CSV) to identify and develop the requisite occupations and related skills to support green supply chain management in the South African public sector. This included an international review of supply chain management practices, value chain and occupational mapping, and a case study on the Department of Environmental Affairs' purchasing of electric vehicles. Download the report here.

Green skills in the South African paint sector

Client:  Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder:  Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority

As part of the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint was contracted to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa's paint sector. This involved assessing current political, economic, social, technological and environmental trends to inform skills and occupations that will require upskilling for the decorative, automotive and marine paint sectors to adopt more sustainable practices.

Greening skills in the fibre packaging sector

Client:  Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder:  Fibre Packaging & Manufacturing Sector Education & Training Authority (FP&MSETA)

Pinpoint was commissioned under the Green Skills Programme to undertake research to inform a briefing paper and to develop a set of recommendations on the potential green skills and occupations required to green South Africa's fibre packaging sector