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OctoberVET 2021

OctoberVET! Call for 2021 events


The Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) is calling for proposals from people who would like to run an OctoberVET event in 2021. OctoberVET is a season of presentations or discussions coordinated by AVETRA. The goal is to showcase, disseminate and debate VET research.


OctoberVET events can be large or small, formal, or informal.  They can be online or face to face. They are about showcasing VET research (underway or completed). VET research is interpreted broadly to include workforce development, careers advice and counselling and tertiary education with a careers or upskilling focus. An OctoberVET event can be any or all these things!


Events can be asynchronous (i.e., recorded and viewed at a time that suits the participants) or synchronous and live (but hopefully, also recorded). Your online OctoberVET event can be hosted on a platform that you or your organisation supplies, or you can use AVETRA’s own Zoom account. AVETRA can assist with technical support and promotion to ensure your event is successful, and we hope to host all the recordings of the sessions on the AVETRA YouTube channel.


We are particularly keen this year to engage and promote emerging researchers. These might be master’s or doctoral candidates or professionals engaging in practitioner research. For these emerging researchers AVETRA is looking to provide both the online platform and registration facilities


If you are interested in running an OctoberVET event, please email Robin Shreeve at Please indicate the proposed focus or theme of your event, proposed dates and whether you require the use of AVETRA’s own Zoom account. We are more than happy to work with you to refine or develop your event and will assist with promotion.


While OctoberVET events traditionally run in October, for 2021 we envisage a longer season from September through to November. To give you an idea of possible OctoberVET themes, here are some previous events:

  • Central Queensland University - online: Social justice research and vocational education: A conversation with Professor Liz Atkins (University of Derby, UK)
  • Association of Colleges (UK) - online: The improving prestige of colleges in the UK – why it’s happening and what it might mean’, with David Hughes (Association of Colleges, UK)
  • Work Advance (UK) - online: Trends in the future of work: What does this mean for UK employment and skills system? with Lesley Giles (Director Work Advance, UK)
  • Monash University: One hundred and fifty years of Australia Technical Education: An overlooked sesquicentenary
  • Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE): Women learning, women working how disability and gender shape training and career opportunities
  • Box Hill Institute: How can VET teachers apply the Principles of Universal Design in Education to support learners of all abilities?
  • Victorian TAFE Association (VTA): Applied Research and Innovation in TAFE  
  • Central Queensland University (CQU), Griffith University and TAFE Queensland: Putting the ‘teach’ back into teaching.
  • Holmesglen Institute with TKNIKA: The multi-stakeholder engagement model (the ecosystem) for applied research and innovation in the Basque Country: insights from TKNIKA
  • Federation University: Learning in turbulent time
  • Charles Darwin University: Future of VET Teaching
  • Holmesglen Institute: Showcasing Applied Research in TAFE
  • La Trobe University: Tradie to teacher: identity, practice and place-based learning
  • Edith Cowan University: Planning and Scanning VET Resea