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OctoberVET 2020


OctoberVET events aim to showcase VET research and promote discussion between VET stakeholders about research needs. In past years, OctoberVET events have been hosted as webinars or traditional face-to-face gatherings. In 2020, however, due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, we ask that all OctoberVET events be conducted online.

If you are interested in running an OctoberVET event, please email or call Teressa Schmidt 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. You can also apply to AVETRA for a small grant that can be put toward costs associated with running your event.

CONFIRMED OctoberVET events 2020 (New events are added weekly, so visit us at this webpage again soon)


EVENT: ‘Social justice research and vocational education: A conversation with Professor Liz Atkins (University of Derby, UK)’

Host: Dr Teressa Schmidt (CQUniversity) Member of AVETRA Executive Committee

Date: This is a pre-recorded interview, which is available here: Recording

Enquiries: Dr Teressa Schmidt

Flyer: Attached


EVENT: ‘The improving prestige of colleges in the UK – why it’s happening and what it might mean’,  with David Hughes (Association of Colleges, UK)

Host: Robin Shreeve, Executive Committee Member and Past President of AVETRA

Date: 15th October, 6pm AEDT (8am UK time)

Webinar Link: provided upon registration

Enquiries: Robin Shreeve 

Flyer: Attached



EVENT: ‘Trends in the future of work: What does this mean for UK employment and skills system?’ with Lesley Giles (Director Work Advance, UK)

Host: Robin Shreeve, Executive Member and Past President of AVETRA

Date: 21st October, 7pm – 8pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration

Enquiries:  Robin Shreeve 

Flyer: Attached



EVENT: ‘One hundred and fifty years of Australia Technical Education: An overlooked sesquicentenary’, with Dr John Pardy (Monash University)

Host: Dr John Pardy, Monash University

Date: 27th October, 2pm – 3pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: To participate in this seminar Please click this URL to start or join. Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 992 0071 3933 and password:35354691

Enquiries: Dr John Pardy

Flyer: Attached

Registration: No need to register, just join by the Zoom link on the day!


EVENT: ‘An introduction to VET and Australian Apprenticeships Data’

Host: Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS), with Phil Loveder from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

Date: 28th October, 2pm – 3pm AEDT

Flyer: Attached

Enquiries: If there is any data you would like us to include during this session, or any questions you have, please include this in your registration or email

Registration and Webinar link: To register for this free webinar, go to

A recording of this session will be made available after the event at:


EVENT: ‘Women learning, women working: how disability and gender shape training and career opportunities’ with:

-          Dr Lizzie Knight (Victoria University and Secretary of AVETRA

-          Jen Cousins (TAFE SA)

-          Dr Karen O’Reilly-Briggs (LaTrobe University)

-          Michelle Circelli (Senior Researcher, NCVER)

Host: Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)

Date: 29th October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration.

Enquiries: Dr Kira Clarke (Brotherhood of St Laurence)

Flyer: Attached


For this webinar, there is a small charge of $20 to help raise funds for a grant in memory of our WAVE colleague, Sue Salthouse, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The funds will contribute to a grant in Sue’s memory, to be awarded at the AVETRA conference, 2021 to a practitioner/researcher to support research on ‘gender and disability’.


EVENT: ‘The multi-stakeholder engagement model (the ecosystem) for applied research and innovation in the Basque Country: insights from TKNIKA’ withIñigo Araiztegui and Unai Ziarsolo (TKNIKA).

Host: Andrew Williamson (Holmesglen Institute of TAFE)

Date: 5th November, 9am – 10.30 (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration


Flyer: Attached



EVENT: ‘Applied research in TAFE during a time of pandemic: the importance of industry partnerships’, hosted by Dr Henry Pook (Holmesglen Institute of TAFE).

Date: 6th November, 10:30 am-12:45pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration

Enquiries: Dr Henry Pook

Flyer: Attached



EVENT: ‘How can VET teachers apply the Principles of Universal Design in Education to support learners of all abilities?’ with Annemaree Gibson and Annie Carney (Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Box Hill Institute)

Date: 4th November, 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration


Flyer: Attached



EVENT: ‘Learning in turbulent times’, hosted by Federation University, featuring Anthony Mann (OECD) speaking about ‘Young people and the COVID-19 Labour Market’ along with three Federation University presentations focusing on Men’s Sheds; Community learning in adversity; and People’s learning about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: 16th November, 6pm – 8pm (AEDT)

Webinar Link: Provided upon registration


Flyer: Attached



October VET recordings

All the public events from October VET were recorded for AVETRA members and here are all the links: 

(Please note that if you were not registered for the session you will have to register when you click the link.)

David Hughes recording (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)

Lesley Giles - Trends in the Future of Work recording  (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)

OctoberVET: Women learning, women working: how disability and gender shape training and career opportunities recording  (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)

October VET - BHI - Principles of Universal Design and their application to Vocational Education recording (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)

Insights from TKNIKA recording (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)

October VET Learning in turbulent times recording (Access Passcode: #OctoberVET2020)