ERIC Number: ED423376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Small Business and Vocational Education and Training. Research at a Glance.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
This issue in the series, "Research at a Glance," explores Australian small business and its attitudes to training, needs, how small business becomes involved in training, and how training happens. It begins with an overview of findings, some policy options, and a list of 11 references used in preparation of this publication. Research findings are presented in a question and answer format. The following findings are discussed: small business does not like externally provided formal training in management or technical skills areas, but prefers short training developed to meet its specific needs; vocational education and training (VET) delivery to small business has concentrated on generic externally provided courses for small business managers just starting out that have reached only about a quarter of all small businesses; small business owners and operators prefer a learning style that is problem-based, practical, and integrated with their businesses; awareness of training options and the value of training are not an inducement to train; the diversity of the small business sector means that general training programs are of limited value; training needs to be market-orientated; and networks--social and business--are the prime source of information and learning for small business. The report suggests that, if VET is to secure a place in the world of small business, it must penetrate the networks. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Models, Needs Assessment, Small Businesses, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au/
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia