A serendipitous synchronisation of interests: Employers and student-working

Smith, Erica & Patton, Wendy A. (2007) A serendipitous synchronisation of interests: Employers and student-working. In 10th Annual AVETRA Conference : Evolution Revolution or Status Quo? VET in New Contexts, 11-13 April 2007, Melbourne, Australia.


Part-time working while studying full-time is now the norm for young Australian students, whether they are at school, TAFE or university. Australian research in this area currently comprises one body of research looking at learning from part-time jobs, and a second focusing upon the problems that time spent at work may cause with young people’s study load. To date there has not been any major Australian research into the ways in which employers utilise student-working as part of their management strategies. This paper draws upon part of the research carried out in the first year of an Australian Research Council Linkage project on student-working. Case studies carried out with three major employers of part-time student labour and focus groups with university students have shown how the needs of young people for suitable work at convenient times and those of some employers coincide remarkably well. These employers have learned to shape their human resource management strategies around the nature of their student workforces, and continually adapt their strategies to make themselves more attractive to their current and potential workforces.

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ID Code: 14395
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Erica Smith and Wendy A. Patton
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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