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ERIC Number: ED503366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9214-1238-7
Inter-Firm Cooperation in Training. A National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program Report
Cooney, Richard; Long, Michael
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Industry policy emphasises the importance of competition between firms as the basis of efficient markets and as a stimulus for improved firm efficiency. Yet research has shown that much can be gained from cooperation among firms in a range of activities, especially those involving the transfer of knowledge, such as training. These cooperative arrangements are common in the more regulated training systems of Germany and France. Recent reforms in the United Kingdom have sought to improve the level and quality of training by promoting, within a less regulated training environment, cooperative training activities among employers. This study focused on cooperation among firms when training their employees. Specifically, it examined jointly conducted training by two or more firms and sought to discover the characteristics of these firms, the kinds of business practices that support such cooperation, the kinds of training that are delivered jointly and the benefits that arise from such training for the participating firms. This report presents the results of a survey of 598 Australian manufacturing firms in five industries: (1) clothing and footwear; (2) engineering; (3) information technology; (4) scientific and medical equipment; and (5) processed foods and beverages. The survey was conducted between August and November 2005. The response rate of 21.0% to the survey means that caution is required when interpreting and using the results. Comparison with other studies suggests that the sample may be biased towards firms that provide training, which means that the estimates of the level of inter-firm cooperation in training may be too high. Any bias should have less effect on comparisons among firms that provide training and on descriptions of the benefits and barriers to cooperation in the provision of training. Appended are: (1) Additional tables; and (2) The questionnaire. (Contains 14 tables.) [This work has been produced on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The author/project team was funded to undertake this research via a grant under the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) Program.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia