ERIC Number: ED470945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Experience of User Choice. Do the Size and Location of the Firm Make a Difference? A Re-Analysis of the Results Obtained from a Survey of Employer Views Conducted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, March 2001. Working Paper.
Ferrier, Fran; Smith, Chris Selby
Data from an Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry survey of approximately 350 employers were reanalyzed to determine the effects of organization size and geographic location on the implementation of User Choice, which provides public funds to training providers chosen by apprentices and trainees. Among the respondents, 41.1% were small and 38.9% medium-sized firms; 36% of small and 34.7% of medium firms were in regional or rural areas. User choice was not employed in 31.5% of small, 25% of medium-sized, 28.7% of metropolitan, 20.5% of regional, and 30% of rural firms. Lack of knowledge was cited by more than one-third of nonusing small and 66.7% of nonusing regional organizations. Nearly 90% of all firms of any size, including 90% of metropolitan and regional and 100% of rural did not use online User Choice information. Large firms and those in regional/rural locations were more likely to use New Apprenticeship Centres as information sources. Regardless of size or location, most agreed that User Choice enhanced customization of training through choice of provider, location, and content. However, there was less agreement that clear and accurate information was available or that regional and rural firms had enough choice of training locations. (Contains 11 references, 26 tables, and the questionnaire.) (SK)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Apprenticeships, Contract Training, Educational Finance, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Geographic Location, Information Utilization, Job Training, Organization Size (Groups), Public Policy, Rural Areas, School Choice, School Location, Small Businesses, Training Allowances, Urban Areas
For full text: http://www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/ceet/WP40.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia