Policy coordination: an analysis of issues

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Author: Eddington, Noela; Eddington, Ian

Abstract:

‘Australian workforce futures: a national workforce development strategy’ (Skills Australia 2010) noted international findings on the limitations of vocational education and training (VET) systems that measure their contribution to increasing the stock of skills by focusing primarily on numbers targets and efficiency measures. It noted that a fundamental change to the Australian VET system was needed to equip enterprises to more effectively use the skills, expertise and talent of their existing employees and noted that investment in workforce development programs needs to occur simultaneously at government, industry and enterprise level. In response to this challenge, Queensland has been conceptualising an industry development skills policy model to sit along side the traditional education services model. A pilot study, namely the Workplace Partnership and Productivity Project (WP&PP) was established in manufacturing to demonstrate productivity benefits from integrated service delivery across industry development, work and skills policy. This paper discusses the policy coordination issues that have arisen through this initiative and suggests that agency capability to work collaboratively is critical to successful execution of such projects. The ‘capability’ factor is discussed and suggestions made regarding the initiation of collaborative activity through policy coordination processes.

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A list of the presentations from this conference may be found at TD/TNC 100.972; available papers are indexed from TD/TNC 100.973 to TD/TNC 100.986.

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‘Australian workforce futures: a national workforce development strategy’ (Skills Australia 2010) noted international findings on the limitations of vocational education and training (VET) systems that measure their contribution to increasing the stock of skills by focusing primarily on numbers targets and efficiency measures. It noted that a fundamental change to the Australian VET system was needed to equip enterprises to more effectively use the skills, expertise and talent of their existing employees and noted that investment in workforce development programs needs to occur ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Research; Skills and knowledge; Vocational education and training; Workforce development

Keywords: No Frills Conference; Pilot project; Skill development

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; Queensland

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2010

Physical description: 10 p.

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Conference name: National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference

Number: 19th

Date: 2010

Place: Perth, Western Australia

Related items: TD/LMR 85.708

Resource type: Conference

Call Number:
TD/TNC 100.974



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