Training packages: ticky-tacky boxes or a brave new workers paradise?

Erica Smith

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    Abstract

    Training packages have been fiercely resisted by many in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Now they are here to stay, with 70 packages already endorsed, the challenge is for players at all levels in the VET system to work with them. This paper sets out the views of those working with training packages, from the academics who view them as ticky-tacky boxes constraining workers within narrowly defined fields of activity, through the bureaucrats and teachers who must, through gritted teeth or alternatively with pleasurable anticipation, implement them, to the 'enthusiastic campaigners' who have tried to win hearts and minds to the concept of a workers' paradise where anyone can gain a qualification through learning in his or her daily work. The paper identifies some of the basic underlying difficulties with training packages which, it is argued, stem from their being written for the workplace while their primary field of application is in educational institutions
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationKnowledge Demands for the New Economy
    Subtitle of host publication9th Annual International Conference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training
    EditorsFred Bevan, Clive Kanes, Dick Roebuck
    Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
    PublisherAustralian Academic Press
    Pages232-245
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)1875378413
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    EventConference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training - Gold Coast, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 03 Dec 200105 Dec 2001

    Conference

    ConferenceConference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training
    CountryAustralia
    Period03/12/0105/12/01

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    Smith, E. (2001). Training packages: ticky-tacky boxes or a brave new workers paradise? In F. Bevan, C. Kanes, & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Knowledge Demands for the New Economy: 9th Annual International Conference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training (pp. 232-245). Australian Academic Press.