I L O Tracer study The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) under the Realigned Community Based Public Works Programme has approached S&T for a tracer study to assess the impact of the training provided by the DPW. In particular they want to know if it has an impact on the economic situation of trainees.
The aim of the programme is to enhance and optimize the employment generated
by the construction sector and to provide opportunities for previously disadvantaged
and emerging black contractors to take a fair part in the construction process.
The study will take place in three Provinces, and three components:
- 1. a historical study of approximately 15 people trained under the pilot
projects component of the National Public Works Programme;
- 2. a tracer study of approximately 60 people trained under the current
phase of the Community Based Public Works Programme; and
- 3. a tracer study of approximately 30 people trained in mainstream Department
of Public Works Programme.
The sample will also include a control group who work on projects, but receive
no formal training.
Aims of the study
Our first task will be to identify members of the community who will work
on projects and receive project-related training. Projects will also employ
members of the community who will not receive training. A comparison of these
two groups will be revisited throughout the study. Training is meant to enhance
the "economic viability" of trainees; our job is to find out if this is true,
and to what extent.
The second task would be to look at DPW trainees in mainstream projects.
The study will be conducted in a series of 3 visits. During the first visit
the research team is expected to look at the criteria for selecting trainees,
the depth of the training given and the response of the trainees to the training.
The research team will then identify 15 trainees who will be expected to diariase
their experiences after being trained. This will be followed up on subsequent
The second visit will take place approximately 3-4 months later. This visit
will look at the relevance and depth of the training provided. The visit will
particularly look at the patterns of behavior between the trained and non-trained
group. The third visit will be divided into a series of visits and will take
place approximately six to nine months after the second visit. It will look
at the experience trainees and workers have undergone through the entire project,
and in particular whether their economic situation has improved.
The tracer study is expected to run into the year 2000.