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Recent projects, reports and publications

2003

Submission to the Standing Senate of the Australian Senate on Employment, Workplace Relations and Education on current and future skill shortages.  The submission is entitled Intermediate Skills Pool, New Apprenticeships and Skill Shortages.

2002

Response to the Draft Report of the Independent Review of Job Network: Recent Growth of New Apprenticeships and the Job Network. Submission to the Productivity Commission, Melbourne.

2001

How Young People are Faring 2001: Learning, Work and in Between.  Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Sydney – The third in a series

2001

With the National Institute of Labour Studies, undertook a national survey of non-completing apprentices and trainees and their employers to identify the causes of non-completion and to develop appropriate policy responses. Published as Mark Cully & Richard Curtain Reasons for New Apprentices' Non-completions. NCVER, Adelaide

Also with Mark Cully, 'New Apprenticeships: An Unheralded Labour Market Program', Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol 27, No 3, September, p 294-215.

2001

Lifelong learning: good idea but what does it mean? CEDA Bulletin, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, July

2001

Proposal for a learners' agency: commentary for Adult Learning Australia

1997

Completed a report entitled Meeting the Training Needs of Flexible Workers for the Canberra Institute of Technology on ANTA funding; published as

'Flexible workers and access to training' International Journal of Employment Studies, Vol 9, No 1, April, p103-120

2000

How young people are Faring 2000: An update about the learning and work situation of young Australians. Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Sydney - Second in the series.  Including feature essay on New Apprenticeships and Young People.

2000

With John Phillimore & Stephen Algie, Skill Requirements of Western Australia's Resources Development Sector: Examples of International Models. Report to the State Training Board of Western Australia. Institute for Sustainability & Technology Policy, Murdoch University.  IBSN 0-86905-732-4

2001

With Mark Wooden and Adriana VandenHeuvel Barriers to Training for Older Workers and Possible Policy Solutions.  commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs – this is a large file 1.4 megabytes

2000

With Mark Cully, Adriana VandenHeuvel and Mark Wooden, 'Participation in, and Barriers to Training: the Experience of Older Adults', Australian Journal on Ageing, Vol 19, No 4, November

1999

Future Directions in Middle Level Training and Further Education: Research Report. Office of Training & Further Education, Department of Education, Victoria, April.

1998

With Richard Sweet Young people and work: Is VET the answer? Summary report on the first National Issues Forum RCVET Working Paper 98/01

1997

With the Allen Consulting Group, developed a strategic assessment by industry sector of the potential to implement New Apprenticeships for the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs

1997

With the Allen Consulting Group, reviewed the impact of the Federal Government’s budget decision to abolish incentive payments for large employers to take apprentices and trainees;

1996

Completed a Report for the Economic Planning Advisory Commission (EPAC) on Cost effective training arrangements for child care workers

1996

Options for Improved, Cost-effective Training in the Child Care Sector. Paper commissioned by the Economic Planning Advisory Commission, Canberra.

1997

'Using technician-level skills to overcome skill shortages in leading-edge exporters', Australian Vocational Education Review, Vol. 4, 1 1997.

1995

Skill Formation Strategies in Small, High Tech Exporters. Volumes One and Two. Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Sydney

1995

'Skill formation in Japan: the broader context and recent developments', Labour and Industry 6 (1) October: 67-88.

1995

With Corrine Boyles & Hisakazu Matsushige, Skill Formation in Japan: Overview and Case Studies. Monograph No 4, National Key Centre in Industrial Relations, Monash University

1995

'Employers and access to publicly funded training', The Australian Economic Review, 2/95.

1994

'The Australian Government's training reform agenda: is it working?', Journal of Asia Pacific Human Resource Management.

1993

'Implementing competency-based training in the workplace: a case study in workforce participation,' Journal of Asia Pacific Human Resource Management.

1993

Has the Apprenticeship System a Future?: Impact of Labour Market Reform on Structured Entry level Training. Report commissioned by the Department of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.

Last update21-Jul-2003   © Curtain Consulting 2003