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Research into the delivery of the small business traineeship in Western Australia

Vallance, Jane (1997) Research into the delivery of the small business traineeship in Western Australia. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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This research project aims to provide some indication of the progress and delivery of the Small Business Traineeship (SBT) in Western Australia. The Small Business Traineeship is one of the new “employer focused” and “more flexible” entry level training arrangements which allows 100% on-the-job training and employer assessment of trainee competencies. The project provides a wide range of information on the employer and trainee profiles and current status of trainees.

The project found that over 70% of trainees are under 25, employed overwhelmingly in very small firms (less than 10 employees), the vast majority of whom (70%) had not been involved in entry level training previously. SBT is succeeding in achievement of MAATS objectives of expansion of entry level training opportunities into new industries and new employers. The research also found that female participation in SBT traineeships is much lower than males. The vast majority of employers using SBT did not know about alternative entry level training “products” and are therefore vulnerable to training marketing agents favouring one product over another. There is a high attrition rate (38%) for the program and concerns from employers about lack of support which requires further investigation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Humanities
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Supervisor(s): Phillimore, John
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