Vol. 35 No. 2 2009
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ItemParticipation in VET across Australia: a regional analysis(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2009)This report examines participation in vocational education and training (VET) across different regions of Australia. Two main types of analysis are presented: regional participation rates are mapped; and regression analyses which use key regional data are used to predict participation and identify 'exceptional' regions (those with unusually high or low rates of participation), despite what might be expected, given their industry base and population. The report finds that there are large variations in participation across the regions, with participation stronger in rural areas, particularly for basic and middle levels.
ItemSocial area differences in VET participation(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2009)The participation of Australians in vocational education and training (VET) varies a great deal in terms of levels of training, industry fields and demographic aspects; that is, age, gender, locality and socioeconomic status. The purpose of this study was to undertake an analysis of various aspects of VET participation by age, gender, socioeconomic status and Australian Qualifications Framework level. Information for Queensland and South Australia is also provided to illustrate the capacity to analyse this information at a state/territory level.
ItemChanging work organisation and skill requirements(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2009)This report examines Australian studies of work organisation and how the workplace is changing in response to pressures from increased global competition, rapidly changing consumer markets and the expansion of the services sector, all of which necessitate much more flexible work practices. The research finds that the success of teamwork is patchy, as is implementation of other aspects of the high performance model.
ItemChanging forms of employment and their implications for the development of skills(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2009)This article discusses the knowledge people acquire through working: how to be productive workers. Areas covered include the type of employment and its effect on the level of skills development; the ways in which the employment of people has changed over the past decade; and the effect on opportunities they have to develop vocational skills due to changing ways in which they are employed.