Academic journal article Education

A New Perspective regarding Capacities of Educational Institutions to Create Work

Academic journal article Education

A New Perspective regarding Capacities of Educational Institutions to Create Work

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This author endeavors:

* to highlight the key role of educational institutions in the creation of jobs for the 21st century; and

* to introduce a new perspective regarding capacities of educational institutions to create work and assist in the creation of wealth in all societies.


The mass media in South Africa are unanimous about futility of job seeking in an unfavorable job market (Mare, 1996:2). That unemployment is increasing and that people with experience are required for most jobs causes problems for many school leavers and even newly graduated students indicates that profitable knowledge and occupational directed training are very important factors to employers.

Regarding crime CIMC (Crime Information Management Centre) of the South African Police Service reported in July 1998 (:17): "The more prevalent unemployment in Police area is, the greater the possibility of murder and rape being reported." Educational institutions can do much to prevent people from being "unemployed", by providing them with efficient workforce education.

Workforce education for the 21st century

The employees of the 21st century

The workforce of the 21st century demand flexible and capable people, who will cope with new situations, the needs of a changing society and accelerated change. being able to explore and face potential challenges, such as less job opportunities, because of advanced new technology and competition in the labor market. Quintanilla and Wilpert (1999:1) opine that "[t]he introduction of new technologies, with their concomitant productivity increases, is seen to reduce time spent working." "As technology advances and companies ask employees to assume more responsibility, worker will continually need to improve and upgrade their skills and education" (Brand, 1990: 296).

Not only is relevant knowledge of imperative importance but also skills on how to learn and how to be reflective on one's own career. Workers must learn to reflect on their ability to compete in the global economy since only those who have the most relevant knowledge will survive. Such knowledge compromises social skills, knowing how to learn to be reflective, being aware of the importance of lifelong learning and knowing how to use the most recent technology. The competitors in the new millennium will differ from their counterparts of the past era. Samper and Lakes (1994: 95) refer to futurists, who predict that new employees of the 21st century "will represent a multicultural and multiethnic mix of individuals with a variety of educational and training needs. Women, who currently constitute 48 percent of the civilian labor force are a visible presence in various public and private employment sectors. Additionally, 22 percent of today's labor force constitutes minorities." South Africa is hard-hit for a lack of this kind of training because it has been isolated for decades and political changes resulted in affirmative action. A high percentage of minorities who were previously denied employment are now employed.

The virtual workplace

According to Bennet (1999:1) the virtual office is created through technology and increased global competition. "A brainstorming meeting is in full swing. Participants sit at a bank of computers, bashing in ideas and suggestions and then voting on the route they believe is most appropriate. Some are working today in Johannesburg, some in London, some in New York. All have their say, and all are heard, not just those who speak the loudest. This is the virtual workplace and it is creeping across the boardrooms of the country and the world." (Bennet, 1991:1). Although the needs of the own community should never be neglected, educational institutions must also prepare learners for a globally connected world for which an international orientation is needed.

Time or place are irrelevant in the virtual workplace. …

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