ERIC Number: ED434266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Getting Qualified. Dealing with Lack of Access to Workplace Training for Apprentices and Trainees.
A study examined processes of state training authorities, group training companies (GTCs), training colleges, and employers to ensure that apprentices/trainees (A/Ts) who are suspended or terminated due to lack of work have access to on-the-job training. Data on apprenticeship and traineeship commencements and cancellations were collected from national training statistics and face-to-face and telephone interviews with participants from Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. State processes required employers who consider displacing an A/T for reasons of economic hardship or work shortages to find another employer or contact the training officer. GTCs played an increasingly greater part in employment of A/Ts; almost half found third- and fourth-year A/Ts hard to place due to high cost; and they used various strategies to keep A/Ts in work. In a few instances, colleges experienced major problems in accessing work experience or vocational placements. In rare instances of displacement, colleges usually allowed A/Ts to continue formal training. Companies believed in apprentice training to avert future skill shortages; few had displaced an A/T because of work shortages or economic hardship; very few currently or previously employed A/Ts who had reported disabilities, had Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, did not speak English, or were female. Findings pointed to five strategies to expand numbers and improve training of skilled workers. (A glossary precedes the report. Appendixes include participants, interview questions, and industry case studies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Apprenticeships, Disabilities, Dislocated Workers, Education Work Relationship, Ethnic Discrimination, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Inplant Programs, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Limited English Speaking, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Student Placement, Trainees, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia