An introduction to workforce development

Ann Roche, Natalie Skinner

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    Workforce development (WFD) is a broad umbrella term used to encapsulate a wide range of factors pertaining to individuals, the organisations within which they operate and the systems that surround them. Workforce development represents a multi-faceted and multi-level approach to supporting and sustaining effective AOD work practice. It includes strategies at the level of the individual worker, team, organisation and broader system (i.e., government policy, funding, legislation and regulations). This chapter provides an introduction to the concept of workforce development and attempts to clearly differentiate it from training or professional development. Workforce development embodies much more than these two more familiar approaches that target knowledge or skill defi cits within individual workers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorkforce development TIPS (Theory Into Practice Strategies)
    Subtitle of host publicationA resource kit for the alcohol and other drugs field
    PublisherNational Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9781876897062
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Bibliographical note

    The text in this document and corresponding electronic files available on the NCETA website may be used, modified and adapted for non-commercial purposes. It is not necessary to seek permission from AER and/or NCETA to use the materials for non-commercial purposes. The source of the material must be acknowledged as the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).


    • Drug and alcohol problems
    • workplace learning
    • resource kit


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