ERIC Number: ED445189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Demand. The Needs of Vocational Education and Training Clients: An Overview.
Billett, Stephen; Hayes, Sharon
A study examined needs of client groups--industry, enterprises, regions, and individuals--and their consequences for policy and practice within Australian vocational education and training (VET). The requirements for VET in the food processing and clerical industry sectors were examined in three regions across Australia. The study comprised five phases: identifying and accessing the fields; mapping the fields; identifying transformations and consequences for VET policy and practice; refining the analysis with key VET client groups; and finalizing the report. Key findings were that industry and enterprise informants shifted to a focus on enterprise needs that was more evident in the food processing sector; regional planning was commonly seen as a means to reconcile clients' needs; all client groups proposed a broader set of roles for VET in addressing their needs; diverse values existed across client groups regarding community service obligations; direct negotiation with VET providers would best address short- and long-term enterprise needs; the most likely motivation for additional expenditure on training by enterprises would result from organizational restructure, legislative changes, and evidence a productive outcome would result; and all groups reported needs for course flexibility, relevance, and currency; teacher competence; and nationally accredited courses. A change from a focus on industry to one on vocations was proposed. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Clerical Occupations, Developed Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Food Processing Occupations, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Regional Planning, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; Tel: 08 8333 8400, Fax: 08 8331 9211, E-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au (ISBN: 0-87397-589-8 (print) $38.50 Australian). For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/cgi-bin/gda.pl?id=1607/research/proj/nr7005.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia