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Annual report: AWPA’s swan song as it integrates into Industry

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency has released its 2013/14 annual report, outlining the agency’s mission, functions, board and administrative arrangements.

Philip Bullock (pictured), chair of Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, in his review wrote:

“The highlight this year has been the seven sectoral reports published, which have seen us working closely with industry and education representatives. The purpose of this work was to closely analyse skills needs at the industry and occupational levels, which we achieved in the information and communications technology, food and beverage, resources, retail, manufacturing, accounting and engineering sectors.”

Research conducted and published by AWPA included case studies of workforce participation in young and mature-age groups, changes in recruitment practices, effectiveness of enterprise workforce development frameworks, return on investment from training activities, benefits of work-integrated learning, completion rates for engineering trade apprenticeships, and the assessing value of lower level qualifications for public subsidies.

All AWPA functions will transfer to the Department of Industry from this month.

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