Recognising the Skill in Jobs Traditionally Considered Unskilled

The IRRC-developed Spotlight skills identification methodology will be used to explore whether there are under-codified skills in range of hospitality, property services, retail and manufacturing jobs.

This ARC Linkage Project, led by Professor Erica Smith of Federation University and completed in 2015, used the Ways of Seeing methodology developed by Professor Smith with Professor Julian Teicher, along with the IRRC-developed Spotlight skills identification methodology to explore whether there are under-codified skills in range of hospitality, property services, retail and manufacturing jobs.

Other CIs in the team were Associate Professors Ian Hampson and Anne Junor of the IRRC and Professor Andrew Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Schools and Programs, at Ballarat University. Partner Organisations were Manufacturing Skills Australia, Service Skills Australia and United Voice.

Publications to date

Smith E, Smith A, Hampson I and Junor A (2015) ‘How closely do Australian Training Package qualifications reflect the skills in occupations? An empirical investigation of seven qualifications’, International Journal of Training Research 13(1): 49–60.

Junor A, Hampson I, Smith E and Smith A. (2014) Views of skill in low-wage jobs: Australian security guards and cleaners. Paper presented at Work, Employment and Human Resources: The Redistribution of Social and Economic Power?, Refereed stream, 28th Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australian and New Zealand, Melbourne, 5–7 February.

Smith E, Smith A, Hampson I and Junor A (2014) What do senior figures in Australian VET and industrial relations think about the concept of skill in work? Paper presented at Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research, 17 Annual AVETRA Conference, Surfers Paradise, 22–24 April.

MSA Recognising Skills Project Report — June 2015.

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