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Competency-based training in Australia: Research at a glance

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11 June 2000

ISBN 0 87397 584 7

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This issue of 'Research at a glance' summarises some of the most recent research on the impact of competency-based training (CBT) on the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system. CBT was introduced in the late 1980s as part of wider economic policy measures to improve the skill levels of the Australian workforce, enable Australian industry to be more competitive in global markets and establish new career structures for the Australian workforce. CBT has remained a key element of VET policy adopted by successive governments at federal, State and Territory levels. While early research findings suggested that the implementation of CBT in Australia was neither smooth nor rapid (R Harris et al. 1995), commitment by VET participants, particularly industry and governments, has remained strong and substantial.

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This issue of Research at a glance summarises some of the most recent research on the impact of competency-based training (CBT) on the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system.

CBT was introduced in the late 1980s as part of wider economic policy measures to improve the skill levels of the Australian workforce, enable Australian industry to be more competitive in global markets and establish new career structures for the Australian workforce. CBT has remained a key element of VET policy adopted by successive governments at federal, State and Territory levels.

While early research findings suggested that the implementation of CBT in Australia was neither smooth nor rapid (Harris et al. 1995) commitment by VET participants, particularly industry and governments, has remained strong and substantial.

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