Supporting learning and assessment in the workplace

Heather McDonald/Anne Alkema, Heathrose Research; and Adrienne Dawson, ITF (October 2016)

Heathrose and ITF co-presentation on non-completion of qualifications by some industry trainees at the NZ Vocational Education & Training Research Forum (Oct 2016). Their work ensures that the voices of non-completing trainees and apprentices contribute to informing the narratives on this discussion.

See the presentation here

Read the report, Learning, life and work: Understanding non-completion of industry qualifications here

Learning, Life and Work

Heather McDonald/Anne Alkema, Heathrose Research, VET Research Forum (October 2015)

In October 2015, Heathrose Research presented its results from research it undertook with the ITF, ITOs and Ako Aotearoa. The research sought out the voice of the non-completing trainees to better understand the factors and reasons that contribute to the non-completion of level 3 and 4 qualifications. A similar presentation was also delivered to the 2016 No Frills VOCED Conference in Queensland (second link).

Learning, Life and Work – Heathrose Research presentation Oct 2015 (PDF, 2 MB)

Why do trainees drop out? And what can we do about it? Jul 2016

Literacy and Numeracy: Skills for the Future

Heather McDonald/Anne Alkema, Heathrose Research, VET Research Forum (October 2015)

In this presentation to the NZ Vocational Education & Training Research Forum, Heathrose Research addresses the issue of the substantial number of people in the workforce with insufficient literacy and numeracy skills. The meaning of “embedding” within a training context is explored.

Embedding literacy and numeracy in industry training: Practices, progress and challenges 2009-2014 (PDF, 2 MB)

Improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for industry trainees

Heather McDonald/Anne Alkema, 24th National VET research conference, Sydney (July 2015)

This presentation describes the approaches and practices that are being used by New Zealand ITOs, employers and education providers to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes and subsequently completion rates for trainees; and describes the outcomes of these approaches. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the elements of embedded practice. These encapsulate strategic, operational and employer-trainee elements and are an adaptation of embedding that have been developed to meet the requirements of a predominantly workplace-based learning context.

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Women Trainees in the Electricity Supply Industry

Rose Ryan/Heather McDonald, Heathrose Research; and Doug Powhare, ESITO (April 2013)

Women bring different skills to men when employed in traditionally male-dominated roles according to research undertaken by Heathrose Research on behalf of the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO). Heathrose Research and ESITO presented the research findings to the ESITO research forum.

Download the presentation here (PDF, 309kb)

Employment Relations Law Changes

Dr Rose Ryan, Heathrose Research (April 2011)

Evaluating the impact of the changes to the employment relations legislation that came into effect on 1 April 2011 was the topic of a keynote presentation by Rose Ryan on 19 April 2011. She was one of the presenters at a seminar organised by the New Zealand Employment Relations Society and the Industrial Relations Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. A panel of unionists, employment lawyers and business representatives provided commentary on the impact of the changes.

Download the presentation here (Powerpoint, 1.3 MB)

Industrial Relations in NZ 1990-2010

Dr Rose Ryan, Heathrose Research (November 2010)

Rose Ryan contributed to the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Industrial Relations Centre at Victoria University of Wellington with a paper where she reflected on a decade of industrial relations in New Zealand.

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Industry training: examining the issues

Rose Ryan/Heather McDonald, Heathrose Research; Anne Alkema, Heathrose Research Associate; and Justin Blakie, AgITO (April 2010)

Heathrose Research made two presentations at the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum in April 2010.

The first provided the findings of research completed by Heathrose for the AgITO on trainee completion and credit achievement. Justin Blakie from the AgITO followed by outlining how the findings have been used to design a strategy to drive improved outcomes for trainees (first 2 ppt links below)

The second drew on research projects carried out over recent years to consider some of the ethical, methodological and practical challenges for researchers when collecting data from trainees and employers (3rd link below).

VET Heathrose AGITO Justin Blakie (PPTX, 4 MB)

VET AGITO pres at ITF (PPT, 362 KB)

Heathrose Pres to ITF (PPT, 10 MB)

Electricity Supply Industry: Strategic Responsiveness

Dr Rose Ryan/Anne Boyd, Heathrose Research; and Doug Pouwhare, Electricity Supply Industry ITO (April 2010)

This was a joint presentation at the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum. Strategic Responsiveness: Increasing the Participation of Maori, Pacific Peoples, Migrants and Women in the Electricity Supply Industry, detailed the results of recent research that explores the barriers and enablers for those equity groups in their learning and completion of qualifications.

Download the presentation here (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Working Women: How things Have Changed

Dr Rose Ryan, Heathrose Research (July 2009)

In this presentation to the NZ Council of Trade Unions bi-ennial Women’s Conference, Rose Ryan explores life for working women in New Zealand. She begins in the 50s when equal pay was an emerging issue, and reflects on the progression through to the issues of today including ethical work, climate change and the impact of the growth in single-parent households.

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Embedded Workplace Training research

Dr Rose Ryan, Heathrose Research; and Liz Stephenson, Careerforce (April 2009)

Lessons learned about improving workforce development and business performance in the health and disability sector were the focus of this presentation.

The embedded model of training for care and support workers was explored, along with the issues related to the research itself. The presentation was given at the Industry Training Federation Research Conference.

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Shall we dance?

Dr Rose Ryan, Heathrose Research (November 2008)

In this presentation to the Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference 2008, Rose Ryan looks at high performance work relationships in health and social services non-government organisations in Aoteaora/New Zealand.

Download presentation here (Powerpoint, 2 MB)