The National Centre for Vocation and Education Research (NCVER) is funding the second stage national program to build researcher capacity in the vocation, education and training sector.
The primary objective of the program is to build the research skills of practitioners by supporting their progress as they produce and present VET research studies, so they may present their findings at national VET research forums.
In the first three years of the project, ECU researcher Llandis Barratt-Pugh, President of Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)has worked with the organisation to develop a mentoring network that supports new practitioner researchers, specifically those practitioners involved in the communities of practice funded by NCVER.
The scheme involves linking experienced researchers with new researchers so that the mentors can support their protégés through four contact meetings a year as they complete their first research projects.
Other partners in the program Victoria University and the University of South Australia are providing the opportunity to develop a community of practice for emerging researchers and promote academic scholarships to foster VET research.
The benefits of the program lie in the support and encouragement of the next generation of researchers with an interest in this area of investigation. The program has recently been extended for a second three-year period, to conclude in 2014.
Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh.
Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA), National Centre for Vocation and Education Research, Victoria University, University of South Australia.