The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of its inaugural Skills Commissioner.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert in December announced that Neil Coulson is the state’s first Skills Commissioner.
Mr. Coulson was the CEO of the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2000 to 2007 and has held a number of other senior roles in industry, including Chief of Australian Manufacturer Jayco Corporation and was a member of the Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission.
“I look forward to championing the voice of industry in the training system and working with Government to make sure Victoria’s future workforce has the skills they need to get a job,” said Mr. Coulson in a statement.
“I’m committed to working with industry and employers to make sure the Government understands their training needs.”
The role signals a new direction in how industry will engage with the training system and the Commissioner will work with industry, employee unions and government to ensure Victorians get the skills industry needs.
The Commissioner will also advise government on how it can meet workforce training needs and boost productivity for employers as well as analysing the training needs of existing and emerging industries.