What about skills? A discussion of the role of skills in the strategic positioning of ports as essential catalysts of trade and economic growth.

Gekara, V 2010, 'What about skills? A discussion of the role of skills in the strategic positioning of ports as essential catalysts of trade and economic growth.', in Elizabeth Barber (ed.) Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum, Canberra, Australia, 29 September -1 October 2010, pp. 1-17.


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Title What about skills? A discussion of the role of skills in the strategic positioning of ports as essential catalysts of trade and economic growth.
Author(s) Gekara, V
Year 2010
Conference name 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 29 September -1 October 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum
Editor(s) Elizabeth Barber
Publisher PATREC
Place of publication Western Australia
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Abstract The centrality of the role that ports have in world trade and the economic prosperity of nations is unquestionable. For a geographically isolated trading island such as Australia their role is even more critical. In an environment of projected steady economic expansion over the next two decades, with associated trade and port throughput growth, current discussions about port expansion and the strategic positioning of the ports industry become essential. An important part of this discussion is the sustainability of skills in key commercial and safety-critical areas of port operations. This paper reports on an on-going qualitative study commissioned by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) on the future of skills in Australian ports. The research involves a case study of four key ports, independent interviews with key stakeholders as well as a secondary analysis of existing statistical data. The preliminary findings suggest that, whereas appropriate emphasis continues to be focussed on port facility expansion, sufficient thought is not given to the question of the associated skill demands. Furthermore, there seems to be a divide in opinion about how key skills should be developed and who should be responsible.
Subjects Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Port
critical port skills
strategic jobs
workforce shortages
marine operations
port expansion
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