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ERIC Number: EJ1087445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
How Closely Do Australian Training Package Qualifications Reflect the Skills in Occupations? An Empirical Investigation of Seven Qualifications
Smith, Erica; Smith, Andy; Hampson, Ian; Junor, Anne
International Journal of Training Research, v13 n1 p49-63 2015
This paper uses evidence from an Australian research project into under-recognized skills in occupations, gathered through industry-level interviews and company case studies, to examine VET curricula. The project, funded by the Australian Research Council, focused on skill in jobs traditionally regarded in Australia as unskilled. As part of the project, the evidence about skill was compared with the relevant qualifications. The qualifications are contained in Training Packages, which form the basis of most formal VET training in Australia. The qualifications for the seven occupations were in three broad industry areas (manufacturing, services and property services) and had all been developed in recent decades, unlike apprenticed trades which have long-standing qualifications and curricula in Australia. The comparison exercise showed some mismatches between the skills that were found in the researched occupations and the content of the qualifications. Some of the issues are believed to have broader applicability beyond these specific occupations and qualifications and thus can provide evidence to improve the design of Training Packages themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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