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Gail Power

B.Science (Mass Communication - Journalism) Miami University; , MA (International and Intercultural Education), Lesley University, Boston
Senior Research Analyst

Rm 301
C37A - Burren Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 0027
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Gail has eleven years of experience researching, writing and managing projects focusing on work, with a particular focus on vocational education and training, workforce development, skills analysis and skills shortages for diverse industries and stakeholders. At the WRC, Gail is currently part of a team of researchers on an ARC industry linkage project on Innovative Workforce Development in the Australian Cotton Industry. She also developed the Agrifood Case Study for the BVET funded project, Competencies to Capabilities which looks at the current competency based vocational education and training system and argues that a skill ecosystem approach might suit some industries more constructively to meet Australia's workforce development needs.

Prior to coming to WRC, Gail ran her own consultancy for six years where some of her most interesting work was done working with clients in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, providing research and advice to diverse stakeholders in workforce development such as MG Aboriginal Corporation, Kimberley Training Institute and Books in Homes Australia.

Gail was Executive Officer at Arts Training NSW (ATNSW), the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (2006-2011). She was part of National Project Reference Groups for the review of a number of national training packages. She also spent 5 years as an Associate of the consultancy Ratio Pty Ltd and was responsible for liaising with government and industry skills councils to develop meaningful applied research projects to inform government on skills shortage and workforce development needs. She wrote the federally funded guide, Six Degrees of Innovation which looks at a real-life example of embedding the skills of creativity and innovation within an entire organisation.

Gail's research interests include workplace training and development, the impact of technology on work, the VET system, industry skills analysis, and the future of work.

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