What do senior figures in Australian VET think about traineeships?

Erica Smith

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on the perceptions of key Australian stakeholders who were interviewed about the controversial issue of quality in traineeships. Interviews were carried out with thirteen people holding senior positions in State and national government departments, major employer and employee organisations, and peak bodies of intermediary organisations. The process was the initial phase of a national NCVER-funded project on identifying the features of high-quality traineeships. The interview transcripts were then analysed to draw out key themes. Themes included issues to do with pedagogy both on and off the job, workplace arrangements and work organisation, relationships between employers and training providers, progression to higher level qualifications and within careers, the intended strategic use of trainees by organisations, and the use of traineeships for equity purposes. On the whole, strong support was expressed for the traineeship system although there were some dissenting views. The research provided a useful backdrop for the fieldwork in the remainder of the project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNational conference of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Association (AVETRA)
    Place of PublicationCrows Nest, NSW
    PublisherAVETRA
    Pages1-11
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9780980527506
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event11th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual (AVETRA) Conference - Adelaide, SA, Australia
    Duration: 03 Apr 200804 Apr 2008

    Conference

    Conference11th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual (AVETRA) Conference
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period03/04/0804/04/08

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