Honourable Thulas Nxesi, the Acting Minister of the Public Service and Administration.
The agreement between the University and PSETA, under the auspices of the Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW), will ensure that two research projects are piloted successfully, with exciting research opportunities for the public service sector.
Tseliso Mohlomi, Senior Director at the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW) says that partnering with the PSETA is a step in the right direction in our quest to play a leading role in the discourse around the future of work.
“Through the Institute for the Future of Work, the University seeks to close the gap between academia and the industry, thus the public sector as one of the biggest employers in the country is a critical stakeholder.”
“The launch and partnership will enable the identification of needs and enhancing collaboration between the IFoW and government in championing skills for the future in the public sector,” explained Mohlomi.
The University and PSETA are tremendously confident that bringing the two parties together will produce a transformative partnership through which knowledge to benefit the public sector will be co-created.
The timing of the partnership with PSETA is quite opportune, as the University is on the forefront of providing knowledge that works and knowledge that will moreover contribute to solving societal challenges. This partnership will further provide opportunities to develop and optimise new innovative ways and future skills for public servants.
The pilot research projects are focussed on two areas:
Skills development of ICT support staff: A study on future ICT skills needs and baseline ICT skills analysis of ICT staff working in the public sector.
Future Skills for the public sector in South Africa: A research intervention focusing on the future of skills in the public sector.
The two research projects have already commenced and should conclude in March 2023. Researchers from the Faculty of ICT will undertake the first project and researchers from the Faculty of Humanities the second one.
Event details are as follows:
Venue: Ditsela Place, Corner Jan Shoba and Park Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
Date: 28 October 2022
Time: 09:00 – 13:00