ECU Researcher elected AVETRA national President
Monday, 24 May 2010
Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh, from the School of Management in the Faculty of Business and Law, has been elected President of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) – the sole national research association for researchers and reflective practitioners in the vocational and training (VET) sector.
Llandis has been a member of the AVETRA National Executive for the past four years, having been instrumental in creating and implementing a national mentoring scheme to support new VET researchers funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
Llandis has already instigated policy discussion about the strategic direction of the association. He has challenged the executive to determine a policy that maintains reserve funds to sustain the association while investing in the development of its membership to build research capability.
“This executive has significant relational networking knowledge of the VET sector, and it is important that this capability to strategically promote the organisation exists at a National level,” Llandis says.
“Perhaps the biggest question that confronts the executive currently is that as a professional association of researchers, what should we do next to enhance the credibility and continuity of our profession?”
Llandis’ most significant contribution to this research field was directing the NCVER national evaluation of the Frontline Management Initiative. The final report ‘Paradise Nearly Gained,’ conceptualises the management of workplace-based learning programmes.
Locally, Llandis has convened WA seminars for VET researchers, positioning the Faculty at the centre of the WA VET research community. This activity has generated a collaborative research project with the construction industry and scholarships for two WA VET practitioners to further their research careers.Llandis has produced over 50 articles, chapters and conference papers on vocational education and training during the past 14 years.