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




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.





Important New Research for the VET Sector

NCVER has just released three papers making up the report by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon ‘VET applied research: driving VET’s role in the innovation system’.  The report sets out to not only provide the rationale for investing time and money in developing an increased applied research capability in the VET sector, but also provides some useful examples as to how this is already occurring and how it can be extended.  One of the papers focuses on building the capability of the educators and other professionals in VET, through a developmental framework.  This framework below identifies areas of skills and capability development that may be required by individuals or teams involved in applied research.  It also acknowledges that many of those in the sector may already have these capabilities but have not adapted them to an applied research role.  It is a useful reference point for many educators and a framework for professional development for organisations, as well as industry and community partners.


Want some clues for time saving in your research activities?

Helen Kara Publication

Thank you to Francesca Beddie for sharing this interesting article.  Is there anyone who wouldn’t like to be more efficient in research activities?  Have a look at this review of a new publication:  Research and Evaluation for Busy Students and Practitioners.  New ideas on methodologies and ways to avoid “research (which) might be carried out in a haphazard, non-systematic and ethically questionable fashion” are included in the publication.

London School of Economics and Political Science


VET Applied Research:  driving VET’s role in the innovation system.

NCVER 2017

The attached powerpoint (below) was presented by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon at the recent NCVER ‘No-Frills’ conference.  It highlights issues from their report to be released by NCVER in the near future, and offers thoughts and opportunities for both educators and RTOs to take a stronger role in VET applied research.

Beddie and Simon NCVER 2017 Presentation

Click on the No Frills graphic above to see all the presentations from the 2017 No Frills Conference.