STEM Workforce Attraction, Motivation and Retention in Rural and Regional Australia
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STEM Workforce Attraction, Motivation and Retention in Rural and Regional Australia

Knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are currently in demand within the Australian agriculture sector, however, there is a lack of research concerned with the motivating factors that attract and retain working professionals to their job. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to investigate how the beliefs, feelings and needs of agriculturalists (i.e. Soil and Plant Scientists, Agronomists, Plant Pathologists, Entomologists, Research Assistants, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Biostatisticians) in relation to themselves, their work and organisation contribute to their intentions to persist in their career. The research team requests assistance because understanding working professionals’ beliefs, feelings and needs in their agricultural-related career is important to progress this research and help meet growing workforce requirements. Your participation will involve the completion of an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. Please note that a response to each item, except the final question, is required to proceed through the survey. 


 

Project Details

 

Title of Project:

STEM Workforce Attraction, Motivation and Retention in Rural and Regional Australia

Human Research Ethics Approval Number:

H17REA176

 

Research Team Contact Details

 

Principal Investigator Details

Primary Supervisor Details

 

Ms Kristen Lovric

Email: Kristen.Lovric@usq.edu.au

Telephone: (07) 4631 2375

 

Associate Professor Peter McIlveen

Email: Peter.McIlveen@usq.edu.au

Telephone: (07) 4631 2375

 

Description

Knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are currently in demand within the Australian agriculture sector, however, there is a lack of research concerned with the motivating factors that attract and retain working professionals to their job. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to investigate how the beliefs, feelings and needs of agriculturalists (i.e. Soil and Plant Scientists, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Biostatisticians) in relation to themselves, their work and organisation contribute to their intentions to persist in their career. The research team requests your assistance because understanding working professionals’ beliefs, feelings and needs in their agricultural-related career is important to progress this research and help meet growing workforce requirements. Please note that this project is being undertaken as part of a PhD.

Participation

Your participation will involve the completion of an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. Questions will include ‘I am proud of the work that I do’ and ‘The organisation cares about my general satisfaction at work’.

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. You will be unable to withdraw data collected about yourself after you have participated in this questionnaire. If you do wish to withdraw from this project, please contact the Research Team (contact details at the top of this form).

Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland or any external organisation.

Expected Benefits

It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it may benefit STEM career development, rural and regional workforce development, and the Australian agriculture sector.

Risks

In participating in the questionnaire, there are no anticipated risks beyond normal day-to-day living.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. Participant’s data will be made available for future research purposes and re-identifiable data will be stored securely in accordance with USQ’s data management policy. Participants can access a summary of the research results by emailing the research team. Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy.

 This project is funded by the Research Training Scheme.

Consent to Participate

Clicking on the ‘Submit’ button at the conclusion of the questionnaire is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project.

Questions or Further Information about the Project

Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details at the top of the form to have any questions answered or to request further information about this project.

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project

If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on +61 7 4631 1839 or email researchintegrity@usq.edu.au. The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.

By checking the box, you are indicating that you:  

  • Have read and understood the information document regarding this project.
  • Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.
  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.
  • Understand that you are free to withdraw at any time, without comment or penalty.
  • Understand that you can contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Coordinator on (07) 4631 2690 or email ethics@usq.edu.au if you do have any concern or complaint about the ethical conduct of this project.
  • Are over 18 years of age.
  • Agree to participate in the project.