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ERIC Number: ED446261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 148
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-630-4
"It's Not My Problem": The Growth of Non-Standard Work and Its Impact on Vocational Education and Training in Australia.
Hall, Richard; Bretherton, Tanya; Buchanan, John
A study investigated implications of the increase in non-standard forms of employment (casual work, working through labor-hire companies, and work that is outsourced) for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. Data sources were published statistics on growth of non-standard work; research on reasons for the growth and the business and training practices of organizations that use non-standard labor; case studies of 8 organizations in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland using non-standard labor; and individual life histories of 16 non-standard workers. The study found that 58.8 percent of the work force is employed as permanent employees; most growth is in casuals and contractor forms of employment; and employer disincentives to investing in training are related to cost. Findings from case studies and life histories indicated many non-standard workers would prefer more ongoing, certain employment; levels of non-standard employment were rising; and employers using labor hire or outsourcing have tried to shift the burden of training on the labor-hire firm or outsourced service provider who are trying to minimize any investment in training. Stimulating employer expenditure on training was proposed. Case study evidence pointed to the need for the VET sector to target the non-standard work force. (Appendixes amounting to over one-half of the report include 107 references, case studies, and life histories.) (YLB)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; Tel: 08 8333 8400, Fax: 08 8331 9211, E-mail:; Web site: (ISBN: 0-87397-629-0 (print) $33.30 Australian). For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).; Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Sydney Univ. (Australia). Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia