Lifelong Learning – Work related Education and Training
Lifelong learning is a global policy priority, adopted and promoted by OECD and European Union. This Policy is linked closely to the need for both initial and on-going vocationally oriented education and training, given the rapid shifts in the nature of work, technology and changes associated with globalisation. Our S4W research project will offer strategic direction for outcomes in this area. It is an integrated project that identifies priority areas for focus within the project and accommodates the diversity of perspectives and needs of ‘women’, rather than generalising across the broad category ‘woman’.
This project focusses on 5 key groups of women.
Young Women – the segmentation of women and girls’ fields of study and workplace participation remains a concern due to the resulting pay differential that is well documented. While girls’ participation in VET in Schools is high they are concentrated in course areas such as child studies, beauty and hairdressing, hospitality and business administration areas.
Women returning to work, women requiring re-entry training and women in the workforce needing to up skill to enable career change, Older women – This is being undertaken in partnership with Job Tactics
Women Returning to Work report (PDF 296KB)
Women in poverty/low ses – This is being undertaken in partnership with families in the Smith Family Learning for Life programme
The Way Forward Report (PDF 327KB)
Women in micro and small business – This is being undertaken in partnership with Job Tactics
Indigenous women accessing employment and training, recognising that women’s issues are different to men’s, analysing what counts as work – This is being undertaken in partnership with Waltja.
Women, Saving and Superannuation
The issues in this project range from retirement income, financial literacy, education about saving and investing, and superannuation itself. Following a successful roundtable in April 2004 S4W continues to progress work in this area through a number of avenues. S4W contributed to a survey developed by AFSA, Australian Superannuation Funds Association.
The survey focused on gathering data about women’s participation and choices and has been published. We also prepared a literature review of current research into superannuation and retirement incomes to help develop some key themes, issues and questions.
Through this relationship S4W presented a paper at the ASFA National Conference, Nov 10-12 – Saving 4 the Nation, “Saving Women”.
We have now compiled the results of our survey.
Superannuation Survey Overview (PDF 156KB)
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