AVETRA continually undertakes a range of initiatives. Some of these are funded by AVETRA itself,  and some are funded by external bodies or individuals who have donated funds to develop VET research.

In this initiatives section you will find details of the:

    *   The Mentoring Program being undertaken 2008-2011 for NCVER, to support new researchers in VET.

    *   The production of an AVETRA Conference Manual.

    *   The History of AVETRA (funded by Ray Barker fellowship no 2)

    *   The AVETRA Journal Ranking exercise.

*   The research project on ‘Aligning VET research, policy and practice’ (funded by Ray Barker fellowship no 3)

    *   AVETRA’s response to the 2010 Productivity Commission investigation into the VET workforce.

*   On the ‘Linked Organisations’ page you will find details of the organisations with which AVETRA has memoranda of understanding and other links, including:

       *   TAFE Development Centre
       *   WAVE

The Ray Barker fellowships and ambassador scheme (see ‘Awards and Scholarships’ page for details of the latter for 2010) were funded by a generous donaton from Dr Ray Barker. Ray Barker passed away in early 2009 and Peter Kell the Immediate Past President wrote the following words about him.

Picture of Peter with Ray BarkerAfter a short illness Dr Ray Barker passed away at Mona Vale on 20th March 2009. Dr Ray Barker was a foundation member of AVETRA with a long background in training and development. Dr Barker was also a generous patron to AVETRA.

His contributions enabled the establishment of the Dr Ray Barker Distinguished Service to VET Research Award and the Ray Barker Fellowship scheme.

Ray worked in the film industry in the 1930s in Sydney and joined the Royal Australian Navy at the outbreak of the second world war. He served on the HMAS Perth and was aboard when it was sunk in the Sunda Straits in 1942 and was a prisoner of war. After the war Ray studies psychology at Sydney university and overseas and was involved in pioneering workplace and workforce research.

Ray returned temporarily to work in the film industry but left to work in oil and gas industry. Working for BP he was involved in the commissioning and management of petrochemical works in Australia in the 1960s. Ray specialised in training and workforce programs and left the corporate sector to work in consulting, working with a range of public and private clients on training and workforce issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Ray Barker completed his PhD at Newcastle University and researched apprenticeships and private training using a historical context. Ray had many friends in the VET community and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.”