TAFEs hamstrung by inflexible HR systems: report
Inflexible, over-prescriptive and outmoded HR practices are limiting the ability of TAFEs to recruit the best staff and ensure those staff continue to perform, according to an in-depth study of HR management in Australia's training organisations.
Flexibility needed and a "seat at the table" for HRThe NCVER study recommended that TAFEs should recognise HR management as a key strategic function, and change reporting lines to ensure HR managers reported directly to institute CEOs.
It also recommended that state governments, which currently exercise very strong control over human resource policies and procedures within TAFE institutes, should allow greater autonomy in determining how people were recruited and managed at the institutional level, including greater freedom in relation to enterprise bargaining.
It concluded that key HR procedures such as recruitment and selection, performance management and training should be better aligned with the strategic direction of the individual institute.
In particular, this should include "hiring for fit" in selection procedures, better evaluation of staff performance and extending more training opportunities to non-teaching and casual teaching staff.