OctoberVET Update # 1!


There has been a good response to the call for OctoberVET convenors. Thanks must go to those generous people who are organising an OctoberVET event, contributing to the flow of ideas and information between research and practice in the VET sector. Events are planned for Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Northen Territory and New South Wales. Two Victorian events have been finalised and it is our pleasure to introduce them now.

OctoberVET 2015 Events Calendar

Unearthing the Digital Landscape: Innovating Pedagogic Practice in VET

  • Date and time: 20 October, 6-8pm (registrations from 5.30pm)
  • Venue: Rydges Melbourne, Level 1, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne
  • Registration: Free, but register online by 13 October
  • Flyer and registration link: VET Development Centre OctoberVET Event

The VET Development Centre in Victoria recently undertook research to explore practitioners’ perspectives on the changes required to engage appropriately in the digital space – both for themselves and for their students. The question “What kind of professional learning specifically supports the sustained use of and the impediments to adopting digital learning technologies?” was explored through focus groups, semi structured interviews, desktop research and an online survey. The aim was to gain deeper understanding of the behaviours of Victorian VET providers when implementing digital pedagogical practices and to inform an integrated professional development model. In this presentation, the Centre is keen to continue this discussion about the needs and requirements of organisations to manage the change dynamics required for successful integration of digital learning technologies. A presentation and discussion, facilitated by Leo Gregorc from the Centre, will explore these issues and a networking opportunity accompanied by refreshments concludes the evening.

Architectures for apprenticeship: Achieving economic and social goals (an OctoberVET event in conjunction with the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship Conference).

  • Dates: 1-2 September
  • Venue: Federation University, Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat
  • Registration fee applies – please follow link below for details
  • Flyer and registration link: INAP-OctoberVET 2015 Flyer Austust 2015

The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) conference will address the following topics: Governance, including stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, VET teaching and learning, What makes a high quality apprenticeship? Economic investment and benefit of apprenticeship, School to work transition and youth employment, Status of apprenticeship as a career path, Apprenticeship’s contribution to social justice. Keynote speakers include Simon Birmingham (Senator and Assistant Minister for Education and Training), Stephen Billett (Griffith University, Australia), Raymond Patel (MERSETA, South Africa) and Paul Comyn (ILO, New Delhi).

OctoberVET 2015: Call for Conveners

AVETRA would like to invite you consider convening an OctoberVET event in your area in 2015.

OctoberVET is the name of a season of local events to share information, research 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).

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 promotes OctoberVET events nationally to help draw attention to local events.

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 2014, 10 OctoberVET events ran across Australia, including a number of regional events. Here are the themes of last year’s events:

•    Professionalism and Scholarly Activity in VET
•    New developments in research in VET
•    What VET Researchers Learn
•    Refocusing program accountability: Lifelong and life-wide perspective on literacy and numeracy development
•    Trades, Apprentices & VET
•    Starting the Research Conversation
•    Participatory Action Research: a practice changing practice
•    Bringing Research to Practice: Engaging Adolescents with Literacy and Numeracy
•    The state of play 2014: VET, apprenticeships and context
•    Better training for a better workforce: Research for VET Innovation

What ideas do you have for 2015? With yet another momentous year for VET underway 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 his office: 07 37355712 or mobile: 0421224474 or email him at s.hodge@griffith.edu.au


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