To examine pedagogic practices and vocational education and training (VET) in three categories of growing small firms. The panel data used in the study are drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Business Longitudinal Surveys. The results indicate on-the-job training provided by owner/managers is the most prevalent training method regardless of growth category. The results also show the proportion of firms adopting formal pedagogic practices increases with enterprise growth. Although there is an increase in the proportion of firms using the widely recognised providers of accredited VET with firm growth, only the minority of lower growth firms use these providers. Again, there is a positive association between firm growth and the implementation of VET; however, less than half of the firms in the three growth categories provide apprenticeship training and traineeships. Taken together, the results demonstrate small business engagement in structured VET, particularly at the lower end of the growth continuum, is, at best, minimal.
|Keywords:||Human Resource Management, Pedagogic practices, Vocational Education and Training, Small Business|
Senior Lecturer, Flinders Business School, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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