As the vocational education sector renews efforts to improve the skills and qualifications of more than 1 million Australians, Victoria University is embarking on a research project to identify the teaching skills and resources needed to meet this target.
Research team leader Berwyn Clayton said the rapid pace of technological change was a critical factor in meeting the skills needs of the workforce.
"Vocational educators risk becoming professionally obsolete if their own training needs are not met, which in turns makes it difficult to ensure that skills gaps in the workforce are properly filled," Ms Clayton said.
The project has been funded with a grant of $87,000 from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Ms Clayton, director of the University's Work-based Education Research Centre in Footscray, will lead a team of four researchers on the project. They will interview experts, establish focus groups to test preliminary findings and will deliver their final report by September 2011.
Ms Clayton is available for interview on 0411 138 215.
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