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Title: Government sponsored adult vocational training in Scotland and the state of Victoria, Australia : a comparative study with special reference to management training
Author: Kelly, Maureen Grace
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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This thesis is a comparative study of management and small business training initiatives in Scotland and the State of Victoria, Australia. The underlying objective of the research was to identify the advantages and disadvantages of devolving responsibility for vocational training to a sub-national level of government. In Scotland the study encompassed the period from 1981, when the New Training initiative was launched, until 1988 when development work began in preparation for the establishment of Scottish Enterprise. In Victoria the study tracked developments from 1985, when the formative Kirby Report was published, until 1992 when Prime Minister Keating announced plans for the vocational training system in Australia. Vocational training systems are inter-organisational by definition. The focus of this study, therefore, was on the processes through which the systems studied translated policy intent into action. In particular, it sought to relate the structural characteristics of the implementation networks to levels of centralisation and to the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems. The study used a mixed methodology which included postal survey, personal interviews and document search. The findings suggest that behavioural processes were the key to the maintenance of the balance of power in the decentralised Victorian system. Formal inter-governmental forums also played a part, but this was secondary to the use of informal diplomacy and collaborative behaviours by officials within the system. Overall the study concludes that Scotland may have a great deal to learn from federal systems in terms of establishing itself within the European Union.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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