Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education


Faculty of Education

First Supervisor

Dr Rod Chadbourne


During 1994 BHP Iron Ore is investigating the costs benefits and possibilities of introducing a new Traineeship scheme called Career Start for the Metals and Engineering sector of its workforce. This study explores the factors which impact upon the introduction of the new competency based training scheme. It provides BHP with information for determining whether to adopt the Traineeship scheme as the sole entry level training program for the company, whether to reject the Traineeship scheme altogether, whether to run the Traineeship scheme side by side with the Apprenticeship scheme or to integrate it with the current Apprenticeship scheme in some form or other, within the Metals and Engineering sector. In order to make this determination BHP needs to decide upon a policy making process that is rational, comprehensive, objective, considered and that presents a range of alternatives with means to defined ends. A variation of the rational model for policy making is used to provide a broad framework for developing an answer to the major research question which is: What considerations does BHP need to take Into account to determine whether or not to introduce the Career Start Traineeship scheme? To answer the major research question several subsidiary questions based on the five steps of the rational model were pursued.