Successful VET partnerships in Australia

Kilpatrick, S. and Guenther, J. 2003, Successful VET partnerships in Australia, International journal of training research, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 23-43.

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Title Successful VET partnerships in Australia
Author(s) Kilpatrick, S.
Guenther, J.
Journal name International journal of training research
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 43
Publisher Charles Sturt University
Place of publication Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1448-0220
Summary This paper reports findings of the first phase of a study conducted to investigate the factors that contribute to the success of partnerships between vocational education and training (VET) providers and community/industry, and the processes partnerships employ to produce quality learning outcomes for individuals and other stakeholders, including enterprises, industries and communities. This phase of the project maps the partnerships that have previously been researched or reported, using a meta-analysis methodology. The literature reviewed here is restricted to the period since 1995, and 117 partnerships from several sources were identified and analysed. The partnerships identified in this paper are analysed in terms of their status at the time of reporting in the literature. The review of Australian VET partnerships found that industry-provider partnerships were the most common. Industry-provider partnerships were predominant in urban areas, while in rural areas community-industry-provider partnerships were most common. This rural/urban divide was also reflected in different purposes of the partnerships. While urban partnerships were most frequently concerned with industry development, rural partnerships were most frequently concerned with regional development through education and training. Measures of success were found to be determined primarily by stakeholders of partnerships, generally by comparing outcomes with goals and objectives. The most frequently reported outcomes were community development, access and equity and collaboration between stakeholders. The findings of this paper raise several questions about partnerships and quality training outcomes. Further investigation is required to determine what measures (other than customer satisfaction) should be used to evaluate quality of training outcomes.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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