Gen Green 4 Australia
A national study of demand for and supply of skills for sustainability, 2014.
VET students and their teachers have unique insights into the supply of demand for skills for sustainability, and this viewpoint can contribute, now and in to the future, to the further development of skills for sustainability in Australia. In this research skills for sustainability are broadly conceived as including skills for social, economic and environmental sustainability – a triple bottom line approach. The study provides evidence on the actual depth and breadth of the take-up of these skills within Australian training organisations and workplaces. In summary, the results show that:
- Apprentices, trainees and their teachers cared a great deal about soil, economic and environmental sustainability;
- Supply was closely aligned to social demand for skills for sustainability so that demand for skills for sustainability from VET students was almost entirely met;
- There are important differences in the teaching, learning and utilisation of skills for sustainability that are related to gender and age; and
- In-class learning of environmental skills has increased over time and now slightly outweighs learning of these skills at work, however community learning of these skills outweighs both.