ACCI welcomes the appointment of Adam Boyton to the vital role of the Interim National Skills Commissioner in order to address the critical need to focus on skills developed through vocational education and training (VET).
ACCI CEO James Pearson said Mr Boyton was a good choice.
“Mr Boyton has relevant experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector as a member of the NSW Skills Board as well as a strong grasp of the economy through his previous economist roles at Deutsche Bank, the BCA and Treasury,” Mr Pearson said.
“He is well positioned to take on this vital role, and we encourage him to engage early with business on the reform tasks the Government has set.”
Mr Pearson said many occupations across industries rely on the currently strained VET system to deliver the skills and labour they need.
“ACCI has long called for dedicated labour market analysis and this will be an important task for the Interim Skills Commissioner. It is also imperative that we see inefficiencies and funding inconsistencies addressed in order to return the VET to real funding growth.
“We applaud the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Skills Michaelia Cash in recognising that VET needs urgent attention.
“We wish Mr Boyton well in his new role and look forward to working with him and the National Skills Commission to set the organisation up for the challenging task of overseeing long-term improvements to the VET system.”