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 workplace
  •  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 October

From 5.30pm

Linda Simon






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 VETFederation University, Ballarat, SMB Campus 17 October1.30pm-5.00pm Erica Smithe.smith@federation.edu.au






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






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








Trades, Apprentices & VET

La Trobe University Bundoora VIC

24 October


Karen O’Reilly-Briggs kloreilly@students.latrobe.edu.au




Starting the Research Conversation: Central Queensland University, Rockhampton North Campus, Harvard Theatre (Building 32) 28 October

From 12.30pm

Susan Kinnear






Participatory Action Research:a practice changing practice
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus, C Block Auditorium


Venue: Videoconference hosted at the Office of TAFE Queensland, Level 9 133 Mary St, Brisbane and linked to the following sites:
TAFE Queensland North: Mt Isa, Cairns & Townsville campus
TAFE Queensland Skills Tech: Acacia Ridge campus
TAFE Queensland East Coast: Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast: Ashmore, Southport campus
TAFE Queensland South West: Bundamba & Toowoomba campus
TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Mt Gravatt, Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Southbank, Logan


29 October
12:00 noon for a 12:15 start; session concludes at 1.15pm
Kathryn Rodney
07 3514 3642
Samantha Lafaiali’i
07 3514 3641



More information and registration




Bringing Research to Practice: Engaging Adolescents with Literacy and NumeracyTasTAFE Campbell Street Campus, Level 4, Room A4-5 30 October5.30-8.00pm Jill Downing







The state of play 2014: VET, apprenticeships and context

Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt Univerersity, Wagga


31 October10.00am Annette Green



Better training for a better workforce: Research for VET Innovation

Griffith University Graduate Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

6 November


Steven Hodge



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