Skill issues in workforce development​

Selected reports on skills and their impact on workforce development.

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Skills Policies, 2012, OECD.
See the Country snapshot for Australia.

Better use of skills, better outcomes: a research report on skills utilisation in Australia (PDF, 7MB) 2012, Canberra, Skills Australia.

Better use of skills, better outcomes: Australian case studies. 2012, Skills Australia.
A showcase of 11 organisations in diverse industries who have put in place tailor made strategies to ensure that the skills and talents of their workforce are fully utilised.

Business services industry sector: environment scan 2012 (PDF) 2012, Innovation and Business Skills Australia. 

Taylor, M. et al. Can improving UK skills levels reduce poverty and income inequality by 2020? (PDF) 2012, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Developing skills for life and work: Accelerating social and emotional learning across South Australia 2012, Foundation for Young Australians.
Looks at the importance of a greater emphasis on social and emotional learning, as part of a holistic view of young people’s education. 

Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia 2014, OECD Reviews on Local Job Creation. 

Engineers Australia Submission (PDF) to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees Inquiry into the shortage of engineering and related employment skills.

Environment scan - 2013 Information and communications technologies industry. (PDF) Innovation and Business Skills Australia.

Environmental Scan 2013 Resources and Infrastructure Industry: Responding to challenges and opportunities. (PDF) 2013, Skills DMC.

EScan 2013: The Care Industry - A Time for Action. 2013, CSHISC.

Future focus: Australia's skills and workforce development needs (PDF, 8MB) 2012, Canberra, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.

Getting it Right: Foundation Skills for the Workforce (PDF). 2013, Australian Industry group.

Health of Australian Science (PDF, 11MB) 2012, Office of the Chief Scientist.

Higher education and skills training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia. 2012, Canberra, Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Gruen, D. The Implications of Economic and Financial Trends and Globalisation for the Demand and Supply for Skills. Address to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency at ASSA Scenario Development Forum, 28 Feb 2014.

Straw, S. Improving young people's engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). (PDF) 2013, National Foundation for Educational Research.

Paull, G. and Patel, T. An international review of skills, jobs and poverty: Implications for the UK. (PDF) 2012, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Lifting our science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. (PDF) 2013, Australian Industry Group.

National foundation skills strategy for adults. (PDF) 2012, COAG Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Negotiating the maze: review of arrangements for overseas skills recognition, upgrading and licensing. Government response (PDF) 2011, Canberra, Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Migration.

Mavromas, K. et al. The persistence of overskilling and its effects on wages 2012, Adelaide, NCVER.

Resources Sector Skills Needs report. 2013, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.

The shortage of engineering and related employment skills. Report of the Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. 2012, Australian Parliament.

Healy, J. et al Skill shortages: prevalence, causes, remedies and consequences for Australian businesses. 2012, Adelaide, NCVER.
Skill shortages are a complex labour market phenomenon and give rise to complex responses by firms.

Skills for all Australians - The national reforms to skill more Australians and achieve a more competitive, dynamic economy. (PDF, 2MB) Canberra, DEEWR.

Skills for Jobs: five-year workforce development plan (PDF) 2013, Adelaide, Training and Skills Commission.

Skills outlook 2015: Youth, skills and employability. 2015, OECD.
While education, social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. 

Smart and skilled. 2012, New South Wales Department of Education and Communities.

A System for Monitoring Shortages and Surpluses in the Market for Skills. (PDF) 2013, Final report for AWPA by the National Institute of Labour Studies.

Felstead, A. and Green, F. Underutilization, overqualification and skills mismatch: patterns and trends. 2013, Skills Development Scotland.

Stone, C. Valuing skills: why vocational training matters. (PDF) Centre for Policy Development.

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