Monthly Archives: December 2017

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…ts/publication/wcms_572672.pdf

Labour market impact of National Qualification Frameworks in six countries / Allais, Stephanie
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), 10/1/2017…ts/publication/wcms_585696.pdf

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…ts/publication/wcms_585697.pdf

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…7-revising-vocational-training

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…ions-intentions-and-choice.pdf

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…e-in-the-innovation-system.pdf

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

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

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…markets-victorian-examples.pdf

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…e-in-the-innovation-system.pdf

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


The effect of immigrant peers in vocational schools / Frattini, Mark; Meschi, Chrystelle de
Source: University of Venice, Department of Economics, 10/1/2017…_DSE_frattini_meschi_20_17.pdf

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: 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 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:  Good luck!