Comparing workforce development policy in Australia and Scotland: hot air or making a difference?

Baum, Thomas, Solnet, David, Robinson, Richard, Nickson, Dennis and Kraljk, Anna (2013). Comparing workforce development policy in Australia and Scotland: hot air or making a difference?. In: Joanna Fountain and Kevin Moore, CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference, Canterbury, NZ, (17-19). 11-14 February, 2013.

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Author Baum, Thomas
Solnet, David
Robinson, Richard
Nickson, Dennis
Kraljk, Anna
Title of paper Comparing workforce development policy in Australia and Scotland: hot air or making a difference?
Conference name CAUTHE 2013: Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Annual Conference
Conference location Canterbury, NZ
Conference dates 11-14 February, 2013
Proceedings title CAUTHE 2013. Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. Proceedings of the 23rd CAUTHE Conference
Place of Publication Christchurch, NZ
Publisher CAUTHE (Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780864762832
Editor Joanna Fountain
Kevin Moore
Start page 17
End page 19
Total pages 3
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
...This paper analyses public statements of policy and implementation strategies that emanate from a relatively narrow group of stakeholders in the public and private sectors in Australia and Scotland. We propose such analytical engagement (resulting in policy and implementation reports) as evidence of active labour market policies (ALMPs) in both jurisdictions and note, by way of contrast, the absence of comparable national engagement in the United States within tourism as evidence of a more laissez-faire approach to the sector and its workforce needs. We raise questions, in this paper, about the contribution which this form of ALMP engagement makes to moving analysis and its attendant discourse forward within an workplace environment where change is slow (Baum, 2007) and which offers up limited evidence for optimism that key stakeholders have the desire or capacity to make a difference. Indeed, we share much of Keep’s (2009) pessimism expressed in the context of wider lowskills, routinized work, that polarised employment is here to stay and that responses through, in particular, education and training cannot change the workplace reality of an sector such as tourism. Therefore, we question whether workforce needs in tourism are really addressed through what we find to be a litany of ‘same again’ analyses and reports that appear to be stuck within a workforce development paradigm that offers little by way of new thinking and which, collectively, do not appear to have made a substantive contribution to change within the tourism workforce environment in either Australia or Scotland.

This paper reviews on-going debate relating to the formulation of workforce development (WD) policy, planning and implementation for tourism over a period extending back to the turn of the century, focusing on this process in two contrasting political, economic and sectoral environments, Australia and Scotland...
Keyword Workforce development
Policy
Australia
Scotland
Q-Index Code E1
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Institutional Status UQ

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