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ERIC Number: ED503371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-921412-71-4
Making Decisions about Workforce Development in Registered Training Organisations
Hawke, Geof
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
The purpose of this research activity is to understand further how large and small registered training organisations (RTOs) make decisions about the allocation of resources for developing their workforces. Six registered training organisations--four technical and further education (TAFE) institutes and two private providers--were selected for this project. The research also sets out to understand more about how individual staff members make decisions about their professional development within these registered training organisations. These concerns are important because, while there has been a great deal of focus in Australian and international research in recent years on the professional development needs of "the new VET professional", this has not addressed how organisational and personal decision-making about workforce development actually occurs--and how it might best proceed. Thus the three specific goals of the research were to: (1) review recent literature and evidence from Australian and international researchers on human resource decision-making, especially in relation to teachers' professional development; (2) explore forms of decision-making used in VET providers (for example, registered training organisations) and identify factors influencing this process; and (3) identify how decisions staff make about their own development relate to those made by the organisation. (Contains 1 table.) [This work has been produced under the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) Program, which is coordinated and managed by National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Funding is provided through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The author/project team was funded to undertake this research via a grant under the NVETRE program.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia