An online survey was the principal method for collecting feedback on industry’s priority qualifications. The survey asked respondents to identify the vocational qualifications and skill sets that are a priority for the industry they work in. Respondents could choose from all current training package qualifications, accredited courses and skill sets that were available on the national register training.gov.au in April 2018.
Information was also collected on the industry, or industries, a respondent works in, their organisation type, employer size and the way in which priority qualifications are used.
Industries were classified according to the Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification System (ANZSIC).
The survey was an open, online survey sent to the Training and Skills Commission database, and also available on the Commission’s website. Telephone responses were collected by market research company Colmar Brunton. The Commission also sought the assistance of industry associations and peak bodies in promoting the survey to their members and networks.
Target response rates were set for each industry based on each industry’s share of the South Australian total business count. The survey population included all businesses in South Australia that have a requirement for vocationally trained employees, as well as sole traders who require a vocational qualification.