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.


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