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ERIC Number: ED507115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 133
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 119
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-921413-20-9
Competition in the Training Market
Karmel, Tom, Ed.; Beddie, Francesca, Ed.; Dawe, Susan, Ed.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) commissioned six leading thinkers to offer insights into what is meant by a training market, constraints upon that market and the areas for improvement in the system which would allow consumers greater choice. These papers, along with responses and an introduction by NCVER's Managing Director, Dr Tom Karmel, contribute to the public debate about the design of a market in the vocational education and training sector. The participants do not entirely agree with each other. But there is general acknowledgement that the risks associated with the state determining the supply and demand for training mean that governments cannot retreat from the training market. However, the role of the state, relative to that of individuals and employers, is contentious. A leitmotif in this volume is the critical role of information. Irrespective of whether we believe in planning, training supply or allowing the consumers (individuals and businesses) to dictate provision, high-quality information is needed. Contents include: (1) Overview (Tom Karmel); (2) Markets and Central Planning in Meeting Labour Market Needs: Lessons from Higher Education (Andrew Norton and Leslie Loble); (3) A Market for Vocational Education and Training in the Australian Federation (Mark Burford and Pat Forward); (4) Competition Policy and the VET Sector (Richard Denniss and Megan Kirchner); (5) Contestability, Information Asymmetry and Quality Signals in a Competitive Training Market (Terri Seddon and Robyn Tudor); (6) Improving Information Flows for Users of Post-Secondary Education (Nicholas Gruen and Gerald Burke); and (7) Possible Governance Structures and Autonomy of TAFE Institutes (V. Lynn Meek and Michael Keating). (Contains 8 figures, 7 tables, and 79 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research