ERIC Number: ED353437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Outlets for Middle Level Training. What Is the Future of Middle Level Training?
Mills, Paul; Cesnich, Janine
This project intended to determine whether a middle-level employment base existed in manufacturing and service industries in South Australia and to examine current trends and future directions of middle-level (paraprofessional) vocational training. The study used the following methods: literature review; labor market analysis; surveys of accounting (n=171), mechanical engineering (n=139), and hospitality management (n=107) industries; graduate surveys (169 accounting, 128 engineering, and 54 hospitality graduate respondents); case studies; and discussions with unions and industry representatives. Conclusions concerning the future of middle-level training included the following: (1) a significant employment base exists in Australia for persons undertaking middle-level training; (2) employers in industry valued on-the-job experience rather than academic qualifications when recruiting or promoting staff; (3) middle-level training programs need to promote the idea of greater female participation, especially in management; (4) award restructuring may further consolidate the employment base and increase opportunities for credit for prior learning; and (5) middle-level training needs to be marketed more effectively to the business community. (Appendices contain the following: courses reviewed, definitions of target occupations, survey methodology, industry and graduate questionnaires, case study questions, list of contacts, and 64 references.) (CML)
Descriptors: Accounting, Employee Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Engineers, Foreign Countries, Hospitality Occupations, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Mechanical Design Technicians, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5086, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).