Researchers are investigating enablers and barriers to the transfer of skills across occupations in declining and growing industries.
The 13-month cross-occupational skills transfer project by RMIT researchers gives consideration to Australia's training architecture and the recruitment practices and experiences of employers and employment support agencies.
The research team - Dr Darryn Snell, Dr Victor Gekara and Professor Prem Chhetri from the Skills, Training and Industry Research Group - have secured a $98,000 Category 1 Grant from The National Centre for Vocational Education and Training (NCVER).
The NCVER is a not-for-profit company owned by the Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for vocational education and training.
Dr Snell, Management, said: “Cross-occupational transferability of skills is vital for employers and workers to meet varying employment demands.
“Little is known, however, about the degree of cross-occupational skills transferability within the Australian labour market and the facilitators and barriers associated with skills transfer.“
Professor Chhetri, Business IT and Logistics, said the NCVER study would investigate whether skills should be reconfigured to ensure effective transferability for the benefit of both employers and employees in the context of rapidly changing economic circumstances.
The study is one of a series of research projects being conducted by the Skills, Training and Industry Research Group.
Dr Snell, Dr Gekara and Professor Chhetri are currently finalising a major report for the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council.
The report investigates the challenges of an ageing workforce and the implications for occupations and skills demand in the transport and logistics sector.
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