A sample of Research Reports

Overcoming "I'm too busy": An audit of small business training in WA, March 2007

The expression "I'm too busy (to undertake training) because of the boom" was used regularly by interviewees in this study, to describe the attitude of many people in small business in Western Australia (WA). This attitude is of deep concern to many different stakeholders in WA involved in small business training, as these stakeholders believe that many more skills are needed in small business immediately. Stakeholders also believe that many small businesses will not have the skills to adjust if or when the resources boom plateaus or ends.

Hence this report provides a range of reasons why the view that "I'm too busy" needs to be challenged and overcome, and why more training needs to be provided to small business. The report also discusses which approaches to the current provision of training are ineffective and which ones are succeeding.

This report specifically aims to achieve the following:

• to clarify the small business skills development issues that need to be addressed in WA; and

• to identify areas that the committee could productively target in order to raise awareness of the benefits of small business training within the small business sector in WA.

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Emerging Futures: Innovation in Teaching and Learning in VET

This report on Innovation in Teaching and Learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector demonstrates that pressures for change are flowing with increasing force into teaching and learning practice within VET. As a consequence of this ongoing change, wider, deeper and more frequent innovation is now needed in VET teaching and learning practices. Click here to download. (PDF 845Kb)

E-business and Online Learning: Connections and Opportunities for VET

This study examines the connections between e-business and online learning and considers the opportunities for the vocational education and training (VET) sector arising from these connections. The report shows that, historically, e-business and online learning evolved separately within VET, although examples of convergence between the two fields are now emerging. The report argues that encouraging this convergence will benefit VET customers and VET organisations. Click here to view.

Strategy-making in turbulent times

Strategy-making ensures that organisations are responsive to their changing external environments and to their stakeholders and clients. This report shows that Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the vocational education and training (VET) sector need to continually undertake strategy-making, as the external environment for most RTOs is constantly changing and, to some extent, is turbulent. The report provides a range of examples of RTOs effectively developing strategies, despite this turbulence and despite uncertainty about the future. Click here to download. (PDF 224Kb)

Effectively structuring Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are groups of people bound together by common interests and a passion for a cause, and who continually interact. The report shows that effectively structured communities of practice can have significant impacts on the implementation of the national training system in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Click here to download. (PDF 233Kb)

E-business in education

The study shows that while e-business in education is in its early stages worldwide, a small number of Australian organisations have reached an advanced stage and there is a range of important e-business projects and initiatives starting up around the sector. E-business developments in educational organisations in overseas countries are similarly immature. Australia's leaders in e-business are on the pace internationally. Click here to view.