ERIC Number: ED420773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Training Needs of Operative Level Workers. Occasional Paper 95/4.
Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Clerks, salespersons, plant and machine operators and laborers, and related workers, defined as operative workers, currently form more than half the work force. They share the following characteristics: comparatively low earnings, limited qualifications, often employed in industries subject to economic restructuring and sensitive to economic cycles, and are subject to higher rates of labor mobility. Although already low skilled, they receive less training both through the publicly funded system and from their employers. Recent Australian and overseas research has found that improving the skills of operative level workers can benefit employers through enhanced efficiency and productivity and a more flexible work force. A retraining strategy that is integrated into the existing delivery of vocational education and training (VET) and meets the specific needs of the existing operative level work force is critical. This would require the following actions: identifying the type and level of training operative workers may require; emphasizing their needs during the profile process so maximum training opportunities can be provided through the public VET system; encouraging public providers and employers to provide more training; and flexible delivery. (Appendixes include state training profiles and the role of Australian state training agencies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Blue Collar Occupations, Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Semiskilled Occupations, Staff Development, Technological Advancement, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Wages
Australian National Training Authority, GPO Box 3120, Brisbane 4001, Queensland, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Identifiers - Location: Australia