Bargaining for skills: strengthening coordination of immigration, training and industrial relations in the vocational trades


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Author: Wright, Chris F.


This report examines the extent to which industrial relations, training and immigration policies are meeting workforce needs in the vocational trades. The report is based on a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project including an analysis of academic studies, statistical data and interviews with 60 industry stakeholders. The findings are developed from a detailed analysis of two industries reliant on vocational trades skills: hospitality and construction. The report finds that current industrial relations, training and immigration policy arrangements need reform. These...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Sustainability; Skills and knowledge; Vocational education and training; Apprenticeship; Migration; Policy

Keywords: Skill needs; Skill development; Labour force; Labour supply; Labour relations; Apprenticeable occupation; Immigration; Skilled migration; Regulation; Education and training system; Partnership in education and training; Education industry relationship; Government role; Union; Employers; Recruitment; Employee retention; Quality of working life; Working conditions; Employment security; Young worker; Sex discrimination; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Sydney, New South Wales: Sydney Employment Relations Research Group, 2022

Physical description: 43 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 149.720

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