OctoberVET 2014: Call for Conveners

This year’s national OctoberVET coordinator, Steven Hodge, would like to invite you consider convening an OctoberVET event in your area. OctoberVET is the name of a season of local events to share information and ideas about VET. OctoberVET complements AVETRA’s annual conference, and as the name suggests, it runs through October (with a few events usually spilling into November as well). OctoberVET events range in size and scope, depending on local needs and interests, and range from convivial, small-scale gatherings to larger formal events with speakers. Events can be brief (a couple of hours) or can span a whole day. In 2013, OctoberVET events ran in all Australian states .The success of OctoberVET always depends on the good-will and inventiveness of a local Convener (or group of Conveners) who are connected with local VET networks and identities and can find a focus and a space for their event. AVETRA offers a small seed-grant for all OctoberVET events (which can be used for catering for example), and a national coordinator is on hand to discuss your ideas, and to provide advice and support. AVETRA also advertises OctoberVET events nationally to help draw attention to local events. Last year’s themes will give you an idea of variety of interests gathered together under the OctoberVET banner:

  • The Variety of VET: Research into policy and practice for schools, training providers and workplaces
  • Research & Evaluation in Vocational Education: The role of evidence/Engaging & Supporting Distance-based Learners in the Workplace
  • What is happening in VET research
  • Engaging adolescents in Education: A gathering of minds and experiences
  • Building research capacity and culture in VET
  • Reflective practice in VET – why bother? How does it enhance business?
  • Exploring the relationships between the ACE and VET sectors

With yet another momentous year unfolding for VET – including impacts of Government reforms and pressures on funding, proposed changes to quality standards, further calls for professional teaching qualifications and industry currency, continuing issues around social inclusion, and the value of VET in relation to other educational sectors – it’s time to start thinking about how to bring your local VET community together to share ideas and inspiration. Get in touch with Steven Hodge (national OctoberVET coordinator) to discuss your ideas and find out how to get the OctoberVET ball rolling. Call him at the Office: 07 37355712 or on his mobile: 0421224474 or email him at s.hodge@griffith.edu.au.

 

2014 Events

 

Theme & Location Date & Times For more information contact
Building Capability in a changing VET sector

Randwick TAFE ($25)

15 OctoberFrom 5.30pm Linda Simonlindasimon2@bigpond.com

 

Flyer

 

RSVP to http://sydneyoctobervet.eventbrite.com Paypal or Direct deposit to St George Bank Account Name: Annette M Bonnici BSB: 112 879 Account No.: 123 635 647

New developments in research in VET

Federation University, Ballarat, SMB Campus

17 October1.30pm-5.00pm Erica Smith

e.smith@federation.edu.au

Flyer

What VET Researchers Learn

Central Institute of Technology, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA.

17 October12.30 lunch – 1.30 start to 4.00 Sue Thompson or Llandis Barratt-Pugh

Sue.Thompson@central.wa.edu.au


l.barratt-pugh@ecu.edu.au

Refocusing program accountability: Lifelong and life-wide perspective on literacy and numeracy development

University of Technology, Sydney, 235 Jones St., Ultimo

23 October5.00-6.00pm Keiko Yasukawa

keiko.yasukawa@uts.edu.au

 

Flyer

Trades, Apprentices & VET

La Trobe University Bundoora VIC

24 October10.00am-2.00pm Karen O’Reilly-Briggs

kloreilly@students.latrobe.edu.au

 

Flyer

Starting the Research Conversation

Central Queensland University, Rockhampton North Campus, Harvard Theatre (Building 32)

28 OctoberFrom 12.30pm Susan Kinnear

s.kinnear@cqu.edu.au

 

Flyer

Bringing Research to Practice: Engaging Adolescents with Literacy and Numeracy

TasTAFE Campbell Street Campus, Level 4, Room A4-5

30 October5.30-8.00pm Jill Downing

jillian.downing@utas.edu.au

The state of play 2014: VET, apprenticeships and context

Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt Univerersity, Wagga

31 October10.00am Annette Green

angreen@csu.edu.au

Better training for a better workforce: Research for VET Innovation

Griffith University Graduate Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

6 November5.00-7.00pm Steven Hodge

s.hodge@griffith.edu.au

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What’s new in VET and research

On 11 September 2014, the Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane announced that, at the end of the current contract period with the Industry Skills Councils, the Government would be moving to a more contestable model for the development and maintenance of training packages.

Changes were also announced for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).  According to the Government, the new model will enable ASQA to improve education and support for training providers and reward high performers with greater autonomy and flexibility, while focusing more regulatory effort on dealing with rogue operators.  Further information on VET reforms can be found at www.vetreform.industry.gov.au

 

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