The lifelong contribution to TAFE research of Victoria University's Berwyn Clayton has been recognised with the VET Researcher of the Year award bestowed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
The award, announced today by the chair of the NCVER board, Dr Peter Shergold, will be presented in July.
Dr Shergold said Berwyn was a worthy recipient of the award: "Practitioners and policy makers connected to Australia's training sector have benefited from Berwyn's work over the past 25 years."
VU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of TAFE Dr Anne Jones said Berwyn had shown outstanding research leadership as director of the Work Education Research Centre at VU, and previously as head of a similar centre at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
"Berwyn's leadership as a researcher has not only produced a large volume of evidence-based knowledge specific to vocational education, it has also extended to supporting and mentoring others. Many in the sector owe their emergence as researchers to Berwyn," Dr Jones said.
"Berwyn is a passionate defender of VET teaching as a specialised practice and continues to be influential locally and nationally in contributing to state and federal policy development in this area.
"Over the past three years she had led NCVER's VET practitioner research community of practice, and this program has recently been funded for a further three years."
Berwyn said her research had focused on assisting VET teachers to maintain the high quality of their craft in the fast-changing labour market.
"Australian vocational education is highly regarded internationally for two chief reasons - our strong links with industry, which allow us to adjust courses and skills development to meet the needs of the labour market, and the high quality of our teaching.
"My work as a researcher with a strong teaching background has been driven by the need to support VET teachers to maintain the high course delivery standards in classrooms, labs and workshops."
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