Skills and workforce development

Job quality, workforce development, and regional development 2014

Client:  University of Melbourne/Cotton Research and Development Corporation

In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, the WRC is conducting thus research for the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. This project involves working directly with key workforce development stakeholders in the cotton sector to engage them in understanding the workforce development system, and to develop a regionally relevant framework to support networks of employers and stakeholders in improving workforce development. The legacy of this project will be an effective workforce development process to: integrate industry activities in attraction, retention and development to increase their impact; secure greater co-investment by workforce development and employment services that meet mutual needs; better inform the employment services sector about cotton sector needs; and increase farm productivity through higher quality jobs and work that is more attractive to potential entrants, as well as farms with capacity to adopt and adapt innovative techniques and practices.