Perceived Construction Education and Training Authority's (CETA) strategic alignment barriers to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges' participation in construction skills development

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Peta, Mamakoba George
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Vaal University of Technology
The performance of the construction industry has a major effect on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. However, over the years, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find and recruit individuals with the required skills for technical activities within the construction industry. Strategic alignment is a management model that seeks to align the organisation's objectives with the objectives of the market and is primarily concerned with inherently dynamic adjustments between the two domains of business, and with mechanisms to improve organisational performance. This study aimed to identify perceived CETA's strategic alignment barriers to South Africa's TVET colleges' participation in construction skills development. The research was motivated by the poor participation of TVET colleges in construction skills development, and consequently the low production of skills with the construction sector. While the CETA and TVET colleges were established to address skills shortages particularly in the construction industry, the TVET colleges are not producing enough of the minimum skilled candidates required to do the job. An interpretive research paradigm and qualitative research methodology were adopted and applied in this study in order to address the research question. Data collection was based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with the participants from samples. Based on the in-depth semi-structured interviews with the research participants, thematic techniques were applied in the data analysis process. The study revealed the significance of such important aspects of strategic management as the organisational strategy and environmental analysis, there is no indication that the CETA's strategy management is influenced or informed by the imperative of strategic alignment. In particular, the study found that the strategy management approach of the CETA is not based on or purposefully guided by environment analysis frameworks as dependable tools for aligning the organisation with the environment in which it operates. This is a finding that represents what can be described as an undetermined and weakened management approach within the CETA. The finding translated into a conclusion that the strategic management of strategic alignment approach of the CETA, which appears to have a negative effect on its alignment with the environment, presents itself as having a contributing effect on TVET colleges' poor participation in construction skills development. A significant recommendation was made, and that is a proposed strategic alignment framework which is conceptualised or abbreviated as PASSSPORT, - representing [business] Purpose, Aims, Services, Structure. Systems, Players, Opportunities, Reliances and Triggers. The proposed framework is a direct contribution to the body of knowledge and value-add to assisting the CETA (and potentially the SETA fraternity) in processes of strategic alignment.
Ph. D. (Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences), Vaal University of Technology.
Construction Education and Training Authority, Sector Education and Training Authority, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges, Skills Development, Strategic Alignment