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VU researcher joins national skills council

Victoria University's Berwyn Clayton has been appointed to the new national body overseeing skills standards in the vocational education sector.

Membership of the National Skills Standards Council was announced by the Commonwealth Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, last week.

The council will be headed by former Hawke-Keating government minister John Dawkins, who recently chaired the National Quality Council.

Ms Clayton is Director of the University's Work-based Education Research Centre (WERC). She has wide experience teaching and researching in the vocational education and training sector over the past 28 years.

"It's a great honour to be appointed to serve on the new national body at a crucial time for the development of skills for our rapidly changing economy," Ms Clayton said.

"We are fortunate in Australia to have set high standards in training and skills development in vocational education over many years. Part of our job is to help maintain these standards and to look for new ways to meet the challenges posed by shifts in demand as the sector continues to change and grow.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues on the council as we provide appropriate advice on the national standards for the regulation of vocational education and training and endorse National Training Packages."


Berwyn Clayton is available for interview:  0411 138 215

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