The role of VET in workforce development: a story of conflicting expectations


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Author: Bretherton, Tanya


This final report from a three-year research program puts the focus on the ability of vocational education and training (VET) to respond to workforce development challenges, particularly in industries characterised as low-skill entry points to the labour market. The key question guiding this research program is: how can VET contribute to enhancing productivity and increasing workforce participation? The research has sought to explore this question from both supply and demand standpoints. This paper first identifies that workforce development studies are enhanced by broader, comparative...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Communities of practice; Labour market; Workforce development; Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Employment; Research; Participation

Keywords: Low skilled worker; Labour force participation; Labour demand; Labour supply; Case study; Skill development

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2011

Physical description: 28 p.

ISBN: 9781921955280 (print); 9781921955273 (web)

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 104.17

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