High quality traineeships: identifying what works

Erica Smith, Paul Comyn, Roslin Brennan Kemmis, Andy Smith

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    Abstract

    This study explores the common features of high-quality traineeships using case studies from the cleaning, child care, construction, retail, finance and insurance, and meat processing areas. Interviews were also carried out with 13 high level stakeholders: senior officials in government, employer and employee peak bodies, and other major players in the traineeship system, such as Group Training Australia. The research identifies a range of policy measures that could improve both the practice and image of traineeships. There was clear agreement among all stakeholders at all levels about what constitutes a high-quality traineeship: it involves good training delivery both on and off the job, a qualification that is respected by industry, high levels of current underpinning knowledge and skills, and pathways into higher-level jobs and qualifications. It provides appropriate support for disadvantaged learners. The benefits of traineeships to industries and enterprises were found to include a larger and more mobile skills pool, improved productivity and quality of output, the assurance of consistent skill levels among workers, compliance with national and international industry standards, and safer working practices, increasing the competitive edge of companies and Australia in the international marketplace. For individuals, traineeships were found to improve the status of occupations by making explicit the knowledge and skills involved, through the award of a qualification.A good practice guide has also been developed to assist in ensuring that all traineeships are of equally high quality. It is indexed at TD/TNC 97.23.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherNational Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program
    Commissioning bodyVOCED (National Centre for Vocational Education Research)
    Number of pages41
    ISBN (Print)9781921413384
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Smith, E., Comyn, P., Brennan Kemmis, R., & Smith, A. (2009). High quality traineeships: identifying what works. National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program.