ERIC Number: ED384809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge of Change. National Printing Industry Training Council Training Plan.
Cesnich, J.; And Others
Principally concerned with printing, publishing, and paper and paper products, the Australian printing industry is segmented into two sectors: general production and specialist (concerned with a variety of processes and products.) Current arrangements for entry-level training in the industry generally consist of off-the-job training usually provided by Technical and Further Education. Existing arrangements do not seem to be adequate to provide good entry-level training in the vocational and generic key competencies for the subsequent adaptability and career path development of the work force. The industry needs to place a greater emphasis on planning for its future, particularly in terms of making sure it has a pool of skilled workers on which it can draw during periods of economic upturns. One of the most significant factors shaping future industry trends is technological change. Given the rapid changes in technology, traditional approaches to training face some challenge. Recommendations for a printing industry training plan include the following: competency-based training, recruitment standards, flexible training pathways, training agreements, management training, access and equity, and national assessment, certification, and recognition systems. The issue of how entry-level training is to be funded will be affected by choice of delivery and assessment methods. The relatively concentrated off-the-job training arrangements may help the printing industry be among those leading the change process. (Appendixes include profiles of each industry sector, consultations and survey, National Printing Industry Training Council (NPITC) Carmichael Working Party, and Annual Student Contact Hours (ASCH) and course coding. Contains a 44-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Certificates, Educational Change, Entry Workers, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Inplant Programs, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Printing, Publishing Industry, Secondary Education, Student Certification
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Ltd., 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia