Understanding contract/seasonal employment potential in regions with high youth unemployment: Investigating job seekers’ viewpoints

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Presenter:  Alicia Boyle and Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay Pascal Tremblay

Date: Mar 22, 2017

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  The LEBA Research and Postgraduate Office
T: 8946 6156
E: LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Blue 5.1.01 Theatre Room, Casuarina Campus

This Food for Thought presentation will discuss results from a project that aimed to improve our understanding of the motivations and decision-making behind young peoples’ decisions to engage or not to engage with seasonal work, as well as the perceptions of employers towards those job seekers’ choices. As past debates have mainly been fuelled by speculations about young job seekers’ motives, direct insights could help identify key determinants behind those choices, and prove critical in improving work prospects in regions and industries where young job seekers coexist with significant casual and seasonal labour shortages. The project was undertaken in three regions (Darwin, Cairns and Burnie), encompassed two industries (hospitality and harvest labour), and involved testing a survey instrument exploring respondents’ descriptions of their own goals, decisions and reactions to pre-formulated scenarios.


Alicia Boyle,
M.A. Professional Education and Training, B.Agr

Research Fellow
Alicia has worked in VET/TAFE/HE education, training, management and research for 30 years. She has been in Darwin with Charles Darwin University since 1999 and was the Education Coordinator for the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre for seven years. Alicia was the Chair of the Central Australian Education and Training Network (CAETN) for over eight years and works extensively in applied research with key interests in education, technology for learning and workforce planning and development, in regional and remote areas.

Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay, Ph.D. (Economics), M.A. (Economics), B.Bus (Tourism)

Associate Professor in Northern Australian Development
Pascal is an economist undertaking research connected to Northern Australia’s development. He has been in the Northern Territory for nearly 30 years starting at the former Northern Territory University and lecturing in economics and later tourism and hospitality. His current research interests relate to the themes of northern economic expansion and regional inclusion; focusing on the development of economic institutions and business models beneficial to the expansion of economic capabilities (conventional skills and entrepreneurial competencies) in north Australia, with a specific interest around economic inclusions of people living in remote regions. From a disciplinary perspective, he has a specific interest in capabilities-based, evolutionary, cognitive-Austrian and institutional approaches to economic development.

RSVP by Monday 5pm 20th March 2017 via Outlook or email LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au
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