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Work and qualifications futures for artisans and technicians: A research guide

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Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

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Meyer, Tamlynne; Wildschut, Angelique





This study, seeks to understand how artisans and technicians of the future need to be prepared for the labour market, it makes no claims to direct causal relations with regards to either of the relationships described above. The design was informed more generally by a review of literature around future work and preparation for work (Gamble 2012) which yielded a set of general presuppositions. In order to capture as many of the above issues as possible, the study was designed as a series of interlocking contexts focusing investigation and analysis into four dimensions: Company futures: Here the key research question asked; what changes are anticipated in companies or enterprises over the next two decades, which may impact on the role and functions of artisans and technicians? Workplace culture futures: Here the investigation was primarily concerned with ascertaining what levels of technical and communicative competence will be required by company employees in general and will there be training and development opportunities? Work futures: This aspect of the investigation focused on understanding, what kind of diagnostic and problem-solving knowledge and skills will flexible work futures require from artisans and technicians? Qualification futures: This aspect of investigation considered how artisans and technicians will become work-ready?

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