Happy Christmas and Interesting International Research


AVETRA Educator Hub would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers and supporters the very best for this Festive Season.  May 2018 bring health, happiness and success for all.  May VET research experience a new resurgence in impact as well as in volume. 

I came across this extensive source of TVET research at the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Forum.  It is well worth membership to this international forum.  There is a great deal going on in our sector internationally, and the sharing in this forum is always a source of inspiration for me.  Happy reading if you are putting your feet up for a bit but wish to stay in touch with the sector in a more contemplative space when things are (I hope) not so hectic for you.


*Technical and vocational education and training*


How to facilitate the recognition of skills of migrant workers: Guide for employment services providers
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), 9/1/2017

Labour market impact of National Qualification Frameworks in six countries / Allais, Stephanie
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), 10/1/2017

People and Policy: A Comparative Study of Apprenticeship Across Eight National contexts / Maia, Chankseliani; Keep, Ewart; Wilde, Stephanie, Source: WISE, 9/1/2017

Trade union involvement in skills development: An international review / Bridgford, Jeff
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), 10/1/2017

TVET in developing countries through the second wave of the ILO SWTSs / Pastore, Francesco
Source: Global Education Monitoring Report, 10/1/2017

Vocational vs. General Education and Employment over the Life-Cycle: New Evidence from PIAAC / Woessmann, Ludger; Hampf, Franziska
Source: Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy. University of Warwick, 4/1/2017


Compilation of the main indicators for analysis of the relationship between education/training and employment
Source: IIEP Pôle de Dakar, 10/1/2017 Lang: FRE

Revising vocational training
Source: Pôle Mag, n°26, 9/1/2017

Revue des politiques d’enseignement technique et de formation professionnelle au Togo
Source: UNESCO Abuja, 11/1/2017

/Asia and the Pacific/

Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choice / Jo, Hargreaves; Osborne, Kristen
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 10/1/2017

Developing VET applied research: steps towards enhancing VET’s role in the innovation system / Beddie, Francesca M.; Simon, Linda
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 9/1/2017

Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2017
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 10/1/2017

Explaining the VET applied research developmental Framework / Beddie, Francesca M.; Simon, Linda
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 9/1/2017

Guidelines for the Quality Assurance of TVET Qualifications in the Asia-Pacific Region
Source: UNESCO Bangkok Office, 10/1/2017

In their words: student choice in training markets – Victorian examples / Brown, Justin
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 10/1/2017

Indigenous VET to Higher Education pathways and transitions: A literature review / Frawley, Jack; Smith, James A.; Gunstone, Andrew; Pechenkina, Ekaterina; Ludwig, Wendy; Stewart, Allison
Source: International Studies in Widening Participation, vol. 4, no 1, 9/1/2017

Towards Quality Assurance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Source: UNESCO Bangkok Office, 10/1/2017

VET applied research: driving VET’s role in the innovation system / Beddie, Francesca M.; Simon, Linda Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 9/1/2017

Workplace training: employer and employee perspectives
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 10/1/2017


The effect of immigrant peers in vocational schools / Frattini, Mark; Meschi, Chrystelle de
Source: University of Venice, Department of Economics, 10/1/2017

Cedefop European public opinion survey on vocational education and training
Source: CEDEFOP, 10/1/2017

Defining, writing and applying learning outcomes
Source: CEDEFOP, 11/1/2017

Skills development and employment: Apprenticeships, internships and volunteering / Broeki, Simon; Hogarth, Terence; Baltina, Liga; Lombardi, Amerigo
Source: European Parliament, 4/1/2017

Skillset and match: Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work
Source: Cedefop, Issue 11, 9/1/2017

The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe – Volume 1: conceptions of vocational education and training: an analytical framework
Source: CEDEFOP, 11/1/2017


Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference 2018 Melbourne, Victoria Call for Expressions of Interest


AVETRA, the VET Development Centre and the Victorian TAFE Association are pleased to announce an exciting, new VET Practitioner Research Conference to be held in April 2018. The Inaugural VET Practitioner Research Conference, to be held at the VET Development Centre in Melbourne, is a unique opportunity for VET teachers, trainers and other professionals to present and learn about new research in VET. 

Among the exciting speakers the Victorian TAFE Association has secured to present at the conference is José Luis Fernandez Maure, Head of International at TKNIKA (Institute of Innovation and Applied Research for Vocational Education and Training) in the Basque Country and leader of the Applied Research and Innovation Affinity Group of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

Practitioner research is practical, applied and impactful at the local level.  It drives innovation in VET curriculum, delivery and assessment and directly contributes to innovation in industry and community settings.

Conference organisers are now calling for Expressions of Interest (EoI) under three categories:

1.       Research capability development workshops (1 or 2 hours)

2.       Research project ‘snapshots’ (10 minutes per snapshot)

3.       Research project presentations (30 minutes per presentation)

EoIs may be submitted by individuals or groups.  To be eligible, you must complete and use the appropriate sections of the EoI submission template for the appropriate category (attached).   EoIs will be peer-reviewed, with outcomes released 19 February 2018. Successful applicants will be given until 15 March 2018 to make any changes requested.

The draft conference program will be released by Friday, 30 March.  EoIs must be submitted by January 21, 2018 to: AVETRA2018PracResConf@mail.com. The cost of the conference has been kept to a minimum with the support of the VET Development Centre and the Victorian TAFE Association.   The cost of attendance will be:

•         Existing AVETRA members: $25

•         Non-AVETRA members: $225 (Please note, joining AVETRA is easy! Just go to https://www.avetra.org.au/ and click the ‘Join Now’ button. You’ll save on attending this conference and enjoy the benefits of AVETRA membership.)

Please direct any questions about the conference, including how to pay and register, to Linda Simon and Steven Hodge at: AVETRA2018PracResConf@mail.com.  Good luck!

OctoberVET Event in NSW


The recording from the NSW OctoberVET event held on 26 October 2017 is now available.  Many thanks to Bronwyn Thompson from TAFE NSW for her superb technical support – and more!  To our brilliant researchers:  Linda Simon and Francesca Beddie; Anna Daniel, Patrick Lowe and Geethani Nair.  Please make a contribution on this site, by replying to this post, when you notice some of the very impactful items from the research shared at this event.  We have had great feedback from the few who were able to attend.  Hopefully the recording will enable much greater dissemination of this important research.


International Collaborations For All


Here is an opportunity to share information on, and contribute to, an important topic globally.  The Pathways Between Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Further Education will be addressed between 23 and 27 October in this international forum.  The UNESCO-UNEVOC Forum will be conducting a virtual conference.  I will be joining in and hoping to learn more about existing and new ideas.

If you could not get to the Vocational and Professional Education and Training International Conference in Hong Kong in June (like me) take a look here.  I have viewed just a little of the data and presentations.  There was some very contemporary, internationally comparative and important research on show.  If you are interested check out http://repository.vtc.edu.hk/ive-adm-others-rsu-vpet/vpet2017/day1/



Is it just me, or is there something in the VET Air?

This is a rather unusual post for the AVETRA Educator Hub.  It might better be referred to as an opinion piece.  However, it seems to me – though I might be sitting in my cloud somewhere (no, not the iCloud) – that there is a significant interest in research into vocational education and research recently.  It is interesting that such a lot of it is concerned almost solely with the economic impact of the sector on Australian society.  But hey, who was it who said all publicity is good publicity?  Perhaps not, though just at present I think much of it is more positive than negative.

Of greatest prominence I think is the research by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon on the VET applied research: driving VET’s role in the innovation system.  This commissioned research gives a clear mandate to the Australian and other governments to reconsider the almost absent consideration of VET to Australia’s place in the innovation system.  Of lesser prominence, but certainly of interest to me and I would expect others also, is the Developing appropriate workforce skills for Australia’s emerging digital economy: working paper released by NCVER on 20 September 2017.  This gives some very interesting insights into the emergence of digital skills in the group known as Foundation, or Core skills.  There will be more of these to come as this issue is of significance to policy makers at present as seen by the various cross-sector projects being conducted by Skills Services Organisations in Australia.

Have you heard of the Analysis and Policy Observatory?  Please excuse my ignorance as I suspect many of you have.  I found a treasure trove of resources here.  Obviously the extent of the open-source, freely available research provides an incredibly rich resource for any researcher.  Other really interesting finds here were the short courses on offer to brush up our research skills.  Do you fancy combining a summer holiday to our Long White Cloud neighbours during our climatically-changed Australian summer?  There are some amazing opportunities here for a professional development break with a twist.  Check them out here.  Another amazing opportunity I discovered here, which I hope will be of interest to our Indigenous research fellows, is the 2018 ATSI Research Fellowship Scheme for an opportunity for a full scholarship at Swinburne.  I did provide these details in the Opportunities page last week, but thought it was worth a mention again.  Perhaps you know someone who needs to know about this opportunity?  Please pass it on.

And of course, I can’t help but take this opportunity to give the AVETRA OctoberVET events throughout Australia a plug.  Hope to see you at one of them.

I would be interested to know if my opinion that there is an increased interest in research into the VET sector is more perception than reality.  What do you think?  Please leave a comment below.