OCTOBERVET BEGINS

Just before I share these details I would like to plant a seed.  Thanks to Kevin Heys for his suggestion here on the Educator Hub.  Kevin muses whether someone would be interested in investigating the possible critical role of TAFE College sites being reactivated and fitted for purpose to provide vaccine centers and health education and community centers for the better equipping of local and regional communities on the road to recovery and ongoing support given the impacts of COVID.

If you are interested in collaborating, or may be planning this research yourself, drop us  line here the Hub by leaving a comment below.  AND NOW, TO THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

AVETRA is pleased to announce its first OctoberVET 2021 event is open for registrations.  Here are the details:

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Reform of Vocational Education and Training (RoVE) Te Pūkenga (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology) aspirations and promises

Free online AVETRA webinar presented by Dr Selena Chan

Wednesday 13 October 12:10 to 12:50 (AEST) 14:10 to 14:50 (NZ)

The Aotearoa NZ Labour government in 2019 embarked on a sweeping restructure of VET, the Reform of VET (RoVE). Formal divisions between work-based and formalised VET were removed, new strategic and governance bodies were established, and a more responsive/equitable funding system promised. The 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) supporting workplace learners and 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are now in the process of transitioning and merging into Te Pūkenga (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology).

Te Pūkenga’s charter and its ambition  is to ensure the ‘learner is at the heart of learning’ is presented and critiqued through an exploration of the final draft its ‘service concepts’. These service concepts, describe Te Pūkenga’s operational functions and intentions to ensure equitable access and outcomes through the provision of ‘flexible and adaptive’ learning approaches.

Dr Selena Chan is an educational developer at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research informs her work which includes facilitating curriculum development, technology-enhanced learning projects, and academic staff development

Selena has published widely in vocational research journals; authored two books (the most recent – Digitally enabling ‘learning by doing in vocational education); and is the co-editor for AVETRA’s International Journal of Training Research and on the editorial board for the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

To register to hear Selena click this link

For further information on OCTOBERVET Events in 2021 keep in touch with us here, or stay on the lookout at https://avetra.org.au/pages/octobervet-.html .

This year most events will be online. There will be no charge to register but we hope that if you are not a member of AVETRA you will join. Annual membership can be as low as $95 for research students and casual members of staff. For this you get access to publications such as “Research Today and “A News” as well as joining a community of practice of people interested in VET research through meetings, events and conferences.

Chance to Share Your Research

RESEARCH TODAY PUBLICATION IS CALLING FOR YOUR ENTRIES

ARE YOU (OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW) DOING RESEARCH ABOUT VET OR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WITH AND FOR INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY PARTNERS???

This is a chance to share your work with others in our community of practice! Practitioner-based and applied research is the focus of Research Today. It is the forum where VET practitioners share the innovative skills and knowledge creation projects that they are working on, often in partnership with industry and community. AVETRA hopes that the dissemination of VET practitioner research methods and outcomes will help to build the capacity of the whole sector.

Research Today is released twice a year with publication usually in the months of May and October. The most recent edition is on the AVETRA website: https://www.avetra.org.au/data/Research_today_May_2021.pdf

On behalf of AVETRA’s President Steven Hodge, I am excited to invite contributions for the next Research Today magazine:

  • Articles should be of around 1000-1500 words and on topics of interest to AVETRA members and the wider VET community (including researchers, academics, VET practitioners and other stakeholders).
  • Articles on VET practitioner-led and applied research are especially welcome.
  • Articles should include the aims of the research, how information was collected, and key findings.
  • If you refer to academic literature, your piece should include the references and a reference list.
  • If you refer to information owned by your industry or community partner, it is vital that the partner has granted permission for you to submit your article.

Contributions are due by Thursday 23 September 2021.

If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email andrew.williamson@holmesglen.edu.au or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks!

I hope someone seeing this invitation on this site will have some interesting contribution to make.  GOOD LUCK!!!  And remember to reach out to other researchers by contacting us here at AVETRA Educator Hub if there is someway we might be able to help.

 

Practitioner Research Publication Opportunity

AVETRA is Australasia’s only national, independent association of researchers in vocational education and training (VET). Amongst the range of services AVETRA offers, we produce VET research publications including Research Today – an electronic magazine that shares and celebrates VET practitioner research. This may be research about VET or research and innovation with and for VET’s industry and community partners.
AVETRA recognises that there is an enormous body of research – often not called “research” – being done by VET practitioners. Sometimes this is innovation support for industry and community stakeholders, sometimes this is industry-themed or VET-themed inquiry. Sometimes it is the scholarship of teaching and learning that leads to innovation in delivery and assessment within VET.
This practitioner-based and applied research is the focus of Research Today. This is the forum where VET practitioners share the innovative skills and knowledge creation projects that they are working on, often in partnership with industry and community. AVETRA hopes that the dissemination of VET practitioner research methods and outcomes will help to build the capacity of the whole sector.
Research Today is released twice a year with publication usually in the months of April and October. The most recent edition is on the AVETRA website: https://www.avetra.org.au/data/Research_Today_Oct_2020.pdf
Andrew Williamson, the Editor of Research Today, on behalf of AVETRA’s President Steven Hodge, is excited to invite contributions for the next Research Today magazine:

  • Articles should be of around 1000-1500 words and on topics of interest to AVETRA members and the wider VET community (including researchers, academics, VET practitioners and other stakeholders).
  • Articles on VET practitioner-led and applied research are especially welcome.
  • Articles should include the aims of the research, how information was collected, and key findings.
  • If you refer to academic literature, your piece should include the references and a reference list.
  • If you refer to information owned by your industry or community partner, it is vital that the partner has granted permission for you to submit your article.

Contributions are due by 19 March 2021.
If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email andrew.williamson@holmesglen.edu.au or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks.

Corona Virus Impacts AVETRA Annual Conference

Today I received the following advice, through Kevin Heys (thank you so much Kevin).  Like so many parts of our lives this virus effects our every day living. My best wishes to all for ongoing health throughout these challenging times. This might be a great time to follow the RSS Feed from VOCED (on the side banner of this website) to follow up some recent interesting research.

TAKE CARE ALL!!!!

Dear Colleague,

I recently wrote to you about the need to postpone the 2020 AVETRA Conference that was due to be held on 23/24 April in Melbourne as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The AVETRA Executive has held several meetings to work out the best way forward for both the conference itself and the Annual General Meeting that was being held during the conference.

For the conference

In view of the uncertainty surrounding the progress of the pandemic rather than cancel the conference or fix a firm new date now, the executive voted to wait until 10 August to make an announcement of a new date.  We would like to be able to run the conference in October or November 2020.

We hope that people who have paid for existing conference registration and sponsorships may be willing for AVETRA to retain these until a decision on the rescheduled date is made. However, if this does not suit individual participants or sponsors could you please contact avetra@theassociationspecialists.com.au to discuss repayment options.

For the Annual General Meeting

We intend to proceed with a “virtual AGM” using a video conference system.  This will take place on the same date and time as originally planned, that is 4:45 pm on 23 April 2020.

We will let members know of the connection details when we send out the AGM papers in the coming days.

Only current financial members can attend the AGM so only they will be getting further AGM information.

In general

These are extraordinary times that few of us have experienced before. We hope not to experience them again. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal service and life as soon as practical.

For any queries please contact the Secretariat on: avetra@theassociationspecialists.com.au

Regards and stay safe

 

Robin Shreeve | AVETRA President

 

Lots going on with AVETRA

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A new logo and lots more!!!

Are you working on something interesting at present?  I am sure others would love to learn about it.  Have you thought about highlighting this to your research colleagues?

AVETRA has put out a call for content (including short news items, advertisements of coming conferences or workshops, reports of recent events  – accompanied by relevant photographs) to include in the December 2019 edition of A-News.

Please also promote this call for content to your colleagues. If you or your colleagues would like to make a contribution of content to the magazine, then please contact Josie Misko via email josie.misko@ncver.edu.au or phone 08 8230 8647.

Content should be in to Josie by Dec 15,  2019.

Ready to meet with and learn from your domestic and international colleagues?  Here are the details of the AVETRA 2020 Conference.

AVETRA’s 23rd Annual Conference

Thursday & Friday 23rd – 24th April 2020

Citadines Conference Centre
131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne

20/20 vision for VET: Research at the centre of future policy and practice

For more details and to register go to:  https://www.avetra.org.au/pages/avetra-annual-conference.htl

NCVER

I’m sure everyone associated with this Hub knows about the important NCVER organisation.  The work done by NCVER is outstanding in providing data and insight into what is going on in the Vocational Education and Training sector, as well as broader sociological and economic trends.  They too are preparing for the 2020 season.

#NoFrills2020: Call for presentations open!

NCVER is excited to announce that the call for submissions to present at the 29th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is now open!

They are seeking presentations that explore the theme Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET and further our understanding of the issues it raises.

Submissions are invited from all parts of the VET sector, including industry, government, practitioners, peak bodies, and researchers.

Submissions are open until Monday, 17 February 2020. Learn more about presentation guidelines and how to submit.

 Save the date
‘No Frills’ 2020 will be co-hosted with TAFE WA – North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth from 8-10 July 2020, so lock those dates in now.

For more information, visit the News & Events section on our Portal.

They are also busy bringing us up-to-date data and analysis in many forms:  podcasts, webinars, publications and infographics

NEW EPISODE: Qualification design for the future of VET

Our brand new podcast episode features special guest Professor Peter Noonan talking with host Steve Davis and NCVER MD Simon Walker about the findings of the recent AQF review.

Hear more about micro-credentials, general capabilities, the Pathways Policy, proposed new qualification types and classification of VET qualifications.

Visit our Portal to listen to the episode and subscribe via your preferred platform.

New to Vocational Voices? Check out Season 2 for episodes on Industry 4.0, apprentices and trainees, and more.

Season 1 is also available and includes a full back catalogue of our past podcast episodes.

OUT NOW: NCVER latest releases

See below for the most recent reports:

Want to know more? Visit the Research & Statistics page for all of our recently published reports.

You can also subscribe to receive a notification on the day of each release

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Women and Leadership Australia Are Offering Scholarships

Hi all

I am sure there are women in the VET field who could benefit from this opportunity.  

Funding has just been released to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s education sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation and Change, and Emotional Intelligence and Conflict.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for education sector women.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 13th September: www.wla.edu.au/register


 

Good luck if you plan to apply!!!!