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Title:Skilled labour markets in Zimbabwe: a case study of mechanical engineering personnel
Authors:Bennell, P.ISNI
Katsidzira, Dzikamai
Madziya, F.
Year:1991
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:76-105
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:engineers
employment
on-the-job training
Economics, Commerce
skilled workers
Labor market
Abstract:The experience of the 1980s shows that human resources planning in Zimbabwe has all too often been based on unsubstantiated assumptions about the state of both unskilled and skilled labour markets in the country. In order to get to grips with the complex factors which determine the supply of and demand for various sets of skills in a developing economy, this paper analyses the structure and functioning of mechanical engineering labour markets in Zimbabwe. It presents and discusses the findings of tracer and questionnaire surveys of Zimbabweans who completed three types of mechanical engineering training programmes in 1985 and 1988. These programmes span the engineering occupational hierarchy: graduate mechanical engineers, trained at the University of Zimbabwe; mechanical engineering technicians, trained at Harare Polytechnic; and engineering artisans who attended Harare Polytechnic. The following key issues were explored: the access of different socioeconomic and gender groups to engineering training opportunities; employment by main industry; the incidence of unemployment and international migration; level and patterns of job turnover; job content and job satisfaction; assessment of training relevance; the structure of remuneration; the cost-effectiveness of training investments. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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