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ERIC Number: ED505753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 93
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 92
ISBN: ISBN-1-9208-9651-1
The Place of Recognised Qualifications in the Outcomes of Training
Ridoutt, Lee; Hummel, Kevin; Dutneal, Ralph; Selby Smith, Chris
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between requirements for the performance of particular jobs and that specific part of the competence requirement that is needed, in the opinion of employers, to be formally recognised. Data collected were primarily qualitative, gathered through interviews with managers, sometimes in conjunction with supervisors and experienced workers. during a site visit to 23 organisations from five different industry sectors. Two instruments supplemented the case-study approach, one of which collected detailed quantitative data on the competencies of selected jobs. A large number of competencies was identified by employers as required for jobs to be performed well. Generally, this was significantly in excess of those needed to obtain a qualification at an Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate to the job. There were few competencies identified by managers as required by workers to properly perform the selected jobs which were not covered by training packages. The report concludes that employers, as outcomes of their own enterprise-based training efforts, do not significantly value qualifications in the same way as the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The approach taken to qualifications by enterprise managers is generally to seek recognition only of a small number of competencies, not a whole Australian Qualifications Framework qualification. However, this point of view varies significantly in relation to a number of variables, including the job under consideration, and types of competencies being contemplated. The authors suggest that alternative ways of measuring the uptake of training packages, although less available than recognised qualifications, might be more appropriate. Six appendices are included: (1) Interview Protocol; (2) Examples of Competency Lists; (3) Job Titles; (4) Description of Industries; (5) Research Partners; and (6) Survey Form. (Contains 22 footnotes, 5 figures and 25 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia