Skills Commissioner to help strengthen vocational education and training

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Adam Boyton has been appointed as the Interim National Skills Commissioner

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Former Chief Economist of the Business Council of Australia, Adam Boyton, has been appointed as the Interim National Skills Commissioner.

Adam will lead critical technical work to establish a robust evidence base to strengthen the Australian education and training system, including the future role for the National Skills Commission.

Through engaging with stakeholders across government and industry he will develop advice on options for an efficient pricing model and forecasting labour market demand for skills.

“Skills are important to the future of our economy, as well as our own futures," Adam said.

"We all know the value that education and training has had in our own lives. It’s for that reason I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders to bring the new commission to life.”

The announcement comes as the next step in establishing the National Skills Commission, which will provide national leadership for the VET system.

The Commission is an opportunity to strike through the complexity of the current system and strengthen the architecture of VET in Australia, providing a clear line of sight for industry and governments on funding and subsidy levels to facilitate economic outcomes and quality.

Prior to this appointment, Adam was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and was previously Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank. He has been a member of the NSW Skills Board since 2013 and has been closely involved in the development of pricing, funding and costing models, and in the continuous review and assessment of VET in NSW.

Adam’s appointment is part of the Government’s $585.3 million Delivering skills for today and tomorrow package.

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