From TVET to Workforce Development

  • Robin Shreeve
  • Jennifer Gibb
  • Shayla Ribeiro
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Robin Shreeve, the CEO of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, provides a critical analysis of how the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system has evolved to meet the challenges relating to skills and workforce development. A historical analysis of the policies and strategies that had been used in Australia to increase skills development is provided as well as the recent shift in policy direction towards what has been termed as a ‘workforce development’ approach. This shift presents some challenges and the author provides insight into what policy makers in Australia are doing to facilitate better workforce development planning, better skills utilisation and better skills development to support industries. The analysis will be relevant for Asia’s developing member countries that are facing similar problems of enhancing productivity growth, meeting the demands of demographic transitions and improving workforce participation of youth, women and older people.


Workforce Development Workforce Participation Skill Utilisation High Education Contribution Scheme Australian National Training Authority 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEO, Skills AustraliaCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Skills AustraliaCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.National VET Equity Advisory Council, TVET AustraliaCanberraAustralia

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