Call for Applications for a Research Partner under the MQA’s Discretionary Grant Projects for 2020 – 2021

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998.

The second application window for the MQA Discretionary Grants, for the period 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, will open on Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 12H00.

Employers, research institutions and other stakeholders in the sector and research fraternity are invited to submit their applications for the following projects.

Research Partnerships in the following research areas:

Research topic Purpose of study
Factors that are impeding the attainment of equity targets with respect to people with disability within the Mining and Minerals Sector (MMS): A focus on people who have been boarded due to medical reasons.

The research study aims at exploring the factors that are impeding attainment of equity targets with respect to people with disability with a focus on people who have been boarded due to medical reasons within the Mining and Minerals Sector.

The  scope  of  this  research includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Conduct  literature   review   on   the   nature   of employment  profile  with  respect  to  provincial, sub-sectoral,  racial,  gender,  age  and occupational distribution of people living with a disability.
  • Conduct literature review on attainment of equity targets with respect to people with disability in the MMS.
  • Investigate factors shaping the medical boarding of employees in MMS.
  • Determine the type of training interventions that are put in place for employees that are medically boarded in the MMS to enable employment / entrepreneurship or any other form of activity of sustaining livelihoods?
  • Provide specific recommendations necessary to improve the absorption of people with disabilities in the labour market.
  • Provide composite and consolidated findings which will clearly recommend ways to sustain and to improve absorption of people with disability in the labour market within the MMS.
Assessing the effectiveness of the partnership between Community Education and Training Centres (CETs) and the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA).

The research study aims to provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the partnership between Community Education and Training Centres (CETs) and the MQA. The study is intended to provide the MQA with a better understanding of factors that contribute to effective partnerships with CETs.

The scope of this research includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Provide a literature review with specific focus on Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) partnerships with CETs in South Africa.
  • Analyse and unpack the scope and aim of CETs from the DHET perspective.
  • Determine    the   nature   (purpose   and   goals, principles) and scope underpinning this partnership in the MQA?
  • Identify the intention of the NSDP in expanding skills development through CETs and how the MQA is implementing this vision.
  • Determine the strengths and weaknesses of these partnerships? What works and what does not work and why?
  • Establish the  role the MQA can play in forging stronger partnerships with the CETs?
  • Based on the key findings, develop a model for effective and efficient partnerships, a model that will lead to the improvement of synergy between the MQA and CETs.
Management within the MMS: Understanding factors that influence access and mobility of Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) in and within managerial occupations in the MMS.

The research focus is on HDSA workers access and mobility in the managerial occupations of the MMS. The study is intended to provide the MQA with better understanding of factors inhibiting movement of HDSAs into the top echelons of authority within the MMS.

The scope of this research includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Provide a literature review with specific focus on HDSAs in management and skills development in the MMS.
  • Provide the employment profile (with provincial, racial, gender and occupational distribution)
  • State academic and industry factors affecting HDSA mine workers entry into the MMS and related field of work.
  • State factors affecting HDSA workers in their workplace (including exploring of HDSA workers’ perceptions of their work place).
  • Provide a 5-ear analysis on how much change has occurred to promote HDSA employees into managerial positions within the MMS.
  • Ascertain the contributing factors that lead to occupational progression of HDSA within MMS.
  • Determine    the    sector’s    readiness    towards achieving the Mining Charter, 2018’s transformational targets.
  • Identify factors that   influence mobility within occupational structures in MMS.
  • Look into the support (stipulate the state of the interventions) provided to ensure career progression (movement into the top positions).
  • Make SMART recommendations for interventions to support HDSA workers in workplace to ensure mobility within and outside the sector.
Understanding the relationship between the scarce and critical skills (hard-to-fill occupations) and interventions that are implemented in the MMS.

The purpose of this research study is to analyse the correlation between scarce and critical (hard-to-fill occupations) and the training interventions implemented and reported by the MMS.

Key features of this study should include but not limited to the following:

  • What is the nature of skills that are reported to be in demand in the MMS?
  • What is the nature of supply of skills reported in the MMS?
  • What is the relationship between the demand and supply of skills in the MMS?
  • Is there a gap between what is identified and supplied.
  • If a gap exists, what is the nature of that gap and how can it be addressed?
  • What factors influence this gap?
  • Provide actionable recommendations that will lead to the improvement of synergy between the demand and supply of skills development in the sector.

NB: Literature review for this study has been undertaken by the MQA.

Expected deliverables for each reserch project: 

  • Literature review
  • Fieldwork, interviews and transcripts
  • Analysed data and reports
  • Complete research report
  • Project close out by 15 March 2021

Application form and grants rules

Research partnership project information can be accessed via the hyperlinks on the forms. Completed application forms and proposals must be submitted via e-mail to grants@mqa.org.za.

Hand delivered application forms will not be accepted.

Please note: Terms and conditions will apply in accordance with the MQA Funding Policy.

Closing date: Completed application forms and proposals must be submitted before 00:00 on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

Enquiries: Employers, research institutions and stakeholders can contact Mr Joseph Komane on 060 500 3343 if they experience any difficulties or challenges completing the application forms.

Friday, July 24, 2020