Investigating learning and work

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Conference Proceeding
4th International Conference on Researching work and learning Challenges for work and learning, 2005, pp. 1 - 12
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All organizations, including VET providers are looking to find ways to achieve competitive advantage through the people they employ. Creating this advantage has a number of facets and most of these depend on the training/development of people and their ability to learn. At the same time the use of traditional training, as the key to improving individual and organizational capability is no longer regarded as sufficient in itself to satisfy the needs of the contemporary work environment. Problems of transfer, flattened organizational structures, financial and time constraints, commercial pressures and the changing nature of work itself have led to renewed interest in finding learning solutions rather than training solutions to workforce development; with learning conceptualised as a central, on-going and integral feature of contemporary work. This paper reviews the latest thinking and evidence from Australian and European researchers that investigates issues concerning learning and work and suggests what this means for VET providers in terms of the organization and management of learning for contemporary work in VET.
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