Skills and workforce development

Choosing a sustainable future: Workforce Development in Victorian Primary Industries 2009

Client:  Victorian Department of Primary Industries

The Workplace Research Centre was commissioned by Skills Victoria to undertake a study of workforce development in Victorian primary industries. The aims of the project were to establish the key workforce development models operating in the sector and ascertain how sustainable they might be under possible future scenarios. The research was informed by a literature review, statistical analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data, key informant interviews, and in-depth interviews and focus groups with workers and operators in two regional locations. The final report presented three distinct models for workforce development accounting for different locations, sub-sectors and labour pools. The report also detailed recommendations regarding the potential risks and operational principles concerning the nurturing of sustainable skill eco-systems.