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22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

Sydney; June 17th-18th 2019 - Initial announcement: save the date!

'No future for old VET': Researching for the training system/s of tomorrow’

Monday-Tuesday 17th-18th June 2019, Parramatta, Sydney

The conference is being held at the state of the art, "vertical campus" of Western Sydney University and University College (RTO) next to Parramatta Railway Station. It is less than 40 minutes by rail from Sydney Airport.

It is well-recognised that current rapid economic and industrial developments, as well as changes in society, are affecting the demands placed upon VET systems both in Australia and elsewhere. As well, the Australian VET system has had internal challenges which need addressing. To meet all of these challenges, and to plan strategically for the future, a strong research base is needed. This AVETRA conference will bring together VET researchers and those interested in using research to inform policy and practice, to discuss and debate these vital matters.

The conference will commence with a range of researcher capability workshops including workshops for emerging, mid-career and established VET researchers, on the morning of 17th June; with the remainder of the conference devoted to keynote and plenary sessions, and parallel sessions of research-based papers. 
Abstract submissions

The call for research-based papers will be made soon. Topic streams (to be confirmed) will be: The other 'E' in VET (equity, social justice and marginalised learners); Teaching, Learning and Curriculum; Theorising VET ; The ongoing debate about CBT; Industry and workplace training; Regulation, governance and policy-making; VET for industry 4.0, for new forms of employment, and for a globalised labour market.

See Event Flyer for details. Please contact us for further enquiries.


World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting

Tokyo, Japan ; 5 to 8 August 2019

Click here for further information


AVETRA Research Forum - 26th October 2018 

Australian Vocational Education and Training Research AssociationResearch Forum 
New VET Research Perspectives
Issues, practices, insights 
Friday 26th October 2018, 
Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra, ACT

About the forum

This day-long forum continues the AVETRA tradition of research presentation, critique and engagement within the vocational education and training (VET) sector. It is designed for VET researchers to present their research, to learn from each other and to engage in dialogue with other stakeholders in the nation’s VET system. It will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

The Forum web page with more details and registration is here


Research in Vocational Education and Training

For the sixth time, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) invites researchers to engage in an exchange of ideas and research findings and to reflect on VET issues.
“The end of VET as we know it” stands representative for a time of reconsideration of VET as a way of adequately preparing young adults for the world of work and for society. It is about coping with insecurity and disruption, building new technological and social competences as well as developing creativity for innovation. Demographic change and the expansion of higher education challenge VET as an attractive educational pathway to the labour market. With technological advances leading to more radical changes in the labour market, experts are calling for a reform of education, including vocational education and training, adult and professional education.

  • Date: 4 - 6 March 2019 
  • Venue: Swiss Federal Institute for
    Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET)
    Bern/Zollikofen, Switzerland
  • Call for papers and for more information about this event, click here