Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy


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Author: Snell, Darryn; Gekara, Victor; Gatt, Krystle


As economies change and industries are restructured, transferable skills are becoming increasingly important in assisting employees to move between occupations. This research identifies growing and declining occupations across Australia, assesses how the vocational education and training system cultivates transferable skills and explores how well workers facing retrenchment understand their transferable skills. It is found that transferable skills perform an invaluable role in an employee's cross-occupational mobility. However, there is more that can be done to improve recognition of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Labour market; Employment; Vocational education and training; Industry

Keywords: Transferable skill; Displaced worker; Employability; Occupation; Occupational classification; Skill analysis; Skill needs; Industry restructuring

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 42 p. + 3 supporting documents

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ISBN: 9781925173529

'When one door closes: VET's role in helping displaced workers find jobs' is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 124.03.
Materials from the NCVER Forum, When One Door Closes: VET's Role in Re-skilling Displaced Workers Research Forum, are indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 122.960.
A related conference paper, 'Changing occupational and skills demand in Australia: implications for cross-occupational skills transferability for workers in transition', is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 121.645.
The webinar about this research, 'Vulnerable workers and occupational mobility', is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 124.870.
Additional information relating to this research is available in the accompanying support documents: 'Identifying declining and growing occupations and changing skills demand in Australia'; 'Examining the transferability potential of skills developed within the Australian vocational education and training system'; 'Occupational mobility and skills transferability of workers in transition: systems, perceptions and processes'.

Resource type: Report

Rights: Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2016. With the exception of the Coat of Arms, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 124.04

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