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This article is taken from the June 1999 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

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. 1. a historical study of approximately 15 people trained under the pilot projects component of the National Public Works Programme;
  2. 2. a tracer study of approximately 60 people trained under the current phase of the Community Based Public Works Programme; and
  3. 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.

Methodology

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 visits.

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.

 

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