Partnerships to promote school to work transitions : evidence from the field

Pillay, Hitendra K., Watters, James J., Hay, Steve, & Hoff, Lutz Werner Wilhelm (2013) Partnerships to promote school to work transitions : evidence from the field. In The JVET 10th International Conference, 5-7 July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford. (Unpublished)


Internationally, vocational education and training (VET) is challenged by increasing skills shortages in certain industries and rapidly changing skill requirements. Rigid and centralised state bureaucracies have proven inadequate to adapt to these challenges. Increasingly, partnerships between schools and industry have been established as a potential strategy to address local labour market demand and to provide school to work transition programs. Drawing on experiences in Australia, this paper reports on a case study of government-let partnerships between schools and industry. The Queensland Gateway schools initiative currently involves over 120 schools. The study aimed to understand how partnerships were constructed in this initiative. Selected partnerships were analysed in terms of the following principles of public-private partnerships – efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and beneficiaries. Although there are some benefits of partnership activities reported by both school and industry stakeholders, little evidence was found that the above underlying principles had been addressed to a significant extent in the Gateway school initiative. Further, these partnerships are often tenuously facilitated by individuals who have limited infrastructure or strategic support. Implications are that project stakeholders have not sufficiently accommodated theoretical perspectives on implementation and management of partnerships. Similar initiatives may be improved if stakeholders are cognisant of the underlying principles supporting successful public-private partnerships.

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ID Code: 61816
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Effectiveness , Industry-school partnership, internal and external efficiency, Gateway schools, partnership principles, public private partnership, vocational education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2014 02:40
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2014 09:13

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