Policy coordination: an analysis of issues

Eddington, Noela and Eddington, Ian (2010) Policy coordination: an analysis of issues. In: 19th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference: Australian Workforce Futures: a National Workforce Development Strategy, 7-9 Jul 2010, Perth, Western Australia.

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Australian Workforce Futures: a national workforce development strategy (Skills Australia 2010) noted international findings on the limitations of Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems that measure their contribution to increasing the stock of skills by focusing primarily on numbers targets and efficiency measures. It noted that a fundamental change to the Australian VET System was needed to equip enterprises to more effectively use the skills, expertise and talent of their existing employees and noted that investment in workforce development programs needs to occur simultaneously at government, industry and enterprise level.

In response to this challenge, Queensland has been conceptualising an Industry Development Skills Policy model to sit alongside the traditional Education Services Model. A pilot study, namely the Workplace Partnership and Productivity Project (WP&PP) was established in manufacturing to demonstrate productivity benefits from integrated service delivery across industry development, work and skills policy. This paper discusses the policy coordination issues that have arisen through this initiative and suggests that agency capability to work collaboratively is critical to successful execution of such projects. The ‘capability’ factor is discussed and suggestions made regarding the initiation of collaborative activity through policy coordination processes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unrefereed paper. No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 00:43
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy coordination; network governance; research; skills and knowledge
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18530

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