An ARC Linkage project.
2006 - 2009
ARC Linkage Grant
Background of the ARC Linkage Study
The aim of this ARC linkage project was to provide comparative data on the work, skill and benefit (WSB) trajectories experienced by young trade certificate and bachelor degree completers over the first ten years of working life. By identifying reasons for job changes, a more holistic understanding of skilled worker movements may be developed at a time of shortage and rapid change in technology and cultural values about work. Investigating WSB trajectories has significance for theory and policy on skilled worker retention, careers advice to youth and lifelong learning provision.
The research process was to identify graduates of RMIT in the period 1994, 1995 and 1996 and survey participants in each of the two cohorts – trade and bachelor degree graduates. The initial survey used self report techniques and telephone interviews. Following this stage of the research in-depth case study interviews were conducted. The purposes of the study included:
- An analyse and comparison of the patterns of labour market participation between and within each cohort group over the ten year period post graduation
- An analysis and comparison of the patterns of skill and qualification acquisition between and within each cohort
- An analysis and comparison of the benefit profiles (other than just income)
This part of the project resulted in the following reports and publications.
- Fehring, Malley & Robinson (2008) Stage 1 & 2
- Fehring, Malley Robinson (2008) CASR web site (PDF)
- Malley & Fehring (2008) Research Bulletin
- DEECD (2009) web site to Stage 1 & 2 report
- Fehring and Bessant (2009) Journal of Education and Work
Stage 3 of the ARC project involved 12 in-depth Case Study interviews with consenting participants.
This part of the process resulted in the following reports and publications:
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Education Victoria. (2010). Working Lives: Trade and Bachelor Graduates Ten Years On (PDF). ARC Linkage Study 2006 - 2009 (LP0667939)
- Fehring , Malley & Herring (2009) Report of Stage 3 (PDF)
- Heather Fehring
- Judith Bessant
- Alan Montague
- Jeff Malley
- Lyn Robinson
- Jane Carnegie
- Katherine Herring
- The Skilled Group