The changing nature of work and working life
The role of VET in workforce development: a story of conflicting expectations 2011
Client: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This final report from a three-year research program focuses on the ability of VET to respond to workforce development challenges, particularly in industries characterised as low-skill entry points to the labour market. The key findings highlight the lack of incentive for workers in the meat processing and childcare sectors to train beyond mandatory levels due to casualised working arrangements and little reward for upgrading qualifications. To improve workforce development, using the concept of a 'vocation' implies the capacity to move literally between different skill clusters potentially removing some of the stigma attached to hierarchical structures.