Minimum qualifications in the alcohol and other drugs field: Employers' views
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
© 2011 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 514–522, June 2012
How to Cite
PIDD, K., ROCHE, A., DURAISINGAM, V. and CARNE, A. (2012), Minimum qualifications in the alcohol and other drugs field: Employers' views. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31: 514–522. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00392.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Received 11 January 2011; accepted for publication 11 October 2011.
- vocational education;
- AOD workforce;
- minimum qualification;
Introduction and Aims. To examine employers' opinions of minimum qualifications and perceptions of vocational education and training (VET) and determine the extent to which the VET sector addressed current workforce development needs in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field.
Design and Methods. An online survey of 186 AOD treatment agency managers across Australia was conducted to determine levels of satisfaction with and attitudes toward AOD VET qualifications as a minimum qualification. Descriptive analyses were undertaken.
Results. Most managers were supportive of a minimum qualification strategy and deemed VET AOD qualifications sufficient as a minimum level qualification. However, over half indicated that the minimum qualification should be higher than certificate IV level. One in four managers were dissatisfied with VET provided by technical and further education colleges. When seeking to employ AOD specialist workers, most managers preferred those with university level qualifications rather than VET qualifications.
Discussion and Conclusions. VET has potential to meet the increasingly complex needs of AOD work by providing ongoing certificate and diploma level training and qualifications at the vocational graduate level. However, the relatively high levels of dissatisfaction with the VET sector, and concern regarding the ability of certificate IV level training to meet the needs of the AOD workforce, warrant attention. Improved linkages and relationships between the AOD field and the VET sector could increase the quality of training provided and may assist in addressing the AOD workforce development needs.[Pidd K, Roche A, Duraisingam V, Carne A. Minimum qualifications in the alcohol and other drugs field: Employers' views. Drug Alcohol Rev 2012;31:514–522]