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Interactional infrastructure in rural communities : matching training needs and provision

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sue Kilpatrick, B Loechel
This paper reports some of the main lessons learnt from a collaborative project titled Generating jobs in regional Tasmania: a social capital approach investigating how two small rural Tasmanian communities could better match local training needs with training provision. The project was conducted within the context of the wider social, economic and demographic changes affecting the two rural communities and their ongoing efforts to manage such change. The paper provides a profile of the two communities with particular attention to their local education, training and employment infrastructure. Three research questions in terms of improving the contributions of leadership, partnerships and social capital are addressed. Development and utilisation of social capital, particularly in the form of interactional infrastructure (defined as opportunities and structures for interaction in a community) that brought together the range of stakeholders, appeared the key to successfully matching needs with provision.

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Journal

Rural society

Volume

14

Issue

1

Season

Spring

Pagination

4 - 21

Publisher

Centre for Rural Social Research, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University

Location

Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.

ISSN

1037-1656

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, eContent Management

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