Research

We have extensive experience in undertaking complex mixed methods based research. Our research experience includes conducting environmental scans, literature reviews and desktop analysis. Methods used include both qualitative and quantitative data information collection, extraction and analysis obtained via large datasets, surveys, focus groups, workshops, consultations conducted face-to-face, by telephone and online, semi-structured open-ended interviews and thematic analyses and discourse analyses.

Some examples of projects we have undertaken in Research are detailed below.

Foundation Skills for Women in the Energy Industry

Sector: Equity and Diversity
Client: E-Oz Energy Skills Australia (E-Oz)
Miles Morgan was initially engaged by E-Oz, the Industry Skills Council for the energy sector (comprising electrotechnology; electricity distribution, transmission and rail; electricity generation; and gas transmission), to undertake research into whether there were any specific literacy and numeracy (frequently known as “foundation” skills) strategies that would help women to enter and succeed in energy sector trades

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Literature Review on Pathways to Employment for Young People with Disability

Client: Centre for Applied Disability Research
Sector: Disability, Equity and Access
Miles Morgan completed a national and international literature review for the Centre for Applied Disability Research. The Centre sought an update on similar research previously undertaken by Miles Morgan with this new research covering a five-year timespan from 2010 to 2015.
Our work contributed to the development of a template for a new employment-focused program to assist young people with disability to transition from education to employment.

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Apprenticeships in the Resources Industry

Sector: Education – Vocational Education and Training Employment and Workforce Development and Planning
Client: Resources Industry Training Council (WA)

Miles Morgan undertook research and consultation to explore the issue of trades training in the resources sector and address a current and predicted shortfall in the numbers of qualified tradespeople required to meet the skills demand of the mining and resources industry in Western Australia.

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Building the Quality of Teaching and Learning in VET: Policy Advice Paper

Sector: Education – Vocational Education and Training
Client: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation

Miles Morgan developed “From Technical Expert to Vocational Educator”, a report on options for supporting and enhancing the professional practice of vocational educators and trainers. In particular, the report focuses on educators’ and trainers’ ability to meet the current and long-term needs of individual learners.

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OECD Review of Career Guidance Policy and Practice: Australia’s Response

Sector: Education – Career Development
Client: Education – Career Development

Miles Morgan prepared Australia’s response to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) international review of national policies on career information, guidance and counselling services.

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Enterprise Based Workforce Development: Research to Inform a Planning and Development Package

Sector: Employment and Workforce Development and Planning
Client: Department of Training and Workforce Development, Western Australia

Miles Morgan undertook research to inform the development of an enterprise based workforce planning and development strategy – an initiative developed under Skilling WA, WA’s workforce development plan.

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Training and Workforce Issues in the Downstream Processing Industries in Western Australia

Sector: Employment and Workforce Development and Planning
Client: Department of Training and Employment (WA)

This project was commissioned to broaden a State Training Council’s knowledge of the downstream processing and process manufacturing industries as the State pursues downstream processing opportunities. In particular, it sought to assess the skill requirements, against current training provision, of the expanding minerals processing sector.

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