The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate the youth engagement, and industry collaboration strategies of high performing vocational and technical education systems (VET) - UK, Germany

Lesley is a highly dedicated educationalist who has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of industries and across the education and training sector. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Education and Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Tasmania and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Lesley is currently employed as the Manager, Australian School-based Apprenticeships Education Department Tasmania
In her position as Manager, School-based Apprenticeships for the Education Department Tasmania Lesley has instigated and managed the implementation of the Australian School-based Apprenticeships workforce development programs across a broad range of Tasmanian industries. This work has required the development of innovative youth engagement, and industry collaboration strategies, something that has driven the research she has undertaken as a 2014 Churchill Fellow.

Lesley is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. When not at work Lesley loves spending time with Family and Friends and especially loves spending time with her two grand children Ella (9years old) & Harry (5years Old). Leggo building, story reading and a challenge or two on the playstation often on the list when Grandma stays over. When at home Lesley’s enjoys dressmaking, graphic design, curling up with a good book, and spending time planning travel adventures with her husband John. Both Lesley and John love to travel and discover and experience different places and cultures.



Lesley’s Fellowship has allowed her to research and analyses the public and private partnerships (social partnerships) that drive youth engagement and industry collaboration strategies in USA, UK and Germany. The Fellowship has supported Lesley to increase her knowledge and understanding of the key factors that drive industry engagement and social partnerships that underpin the high performing vocational and technical education systems.


Drawing on this knowledge Lesley is now actively working on the development of a range of initiatives that are supporting Tasmanian industry and schools to implement a best practice approach towards youth engagement, retention, attainment and school to work education and employment strategies.