Continuity and change: employers' training practices and partnerships with training providers


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This study provides a comprehensive picture of the way in which employers navigate the Australian training system and establish partnerships with registered training organisations (RTOs). In terms of evolution over the last 20 years three key factors emerge: (1) while the take-up of nationally recognised training by employers has not increased substantially, this type of training is being used in different ways; (2) the nature of the partnerships between RTOs and employers has changed, from a relationship based on fee-for-service provision to one based on long-term mutual collaboration;...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Providers of education and training; Research; Vocational education and training; Workforce development; Participation

Keywords: History; Employers; TAFE; Registered training organisation; Partnership in education and training; Comparative analysis; Questionnaire

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2017

Physical description: 111 p. (report) + 177 p. (support document)

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Related items: TD/TNC 127.04; TD/TNC 128.44

ISBN: 9781925173765

Statement of responsibility: Erica Smith, Andy Smith, Jacqueline Tuck, Victor Callan

The associated good practice guide, 'Developing and sustaining successful partnerships between employers and training providers', is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 127.04.
The associated webinar, 'What makes for effective partnerships between employers and RTOs?', is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 128.44.

Resource type: Report

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Department's logo, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 127.03

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