Call for Research Papers and Presentation in Switzerland

AVETRA has received an invitation to an important international conference to be held in Bern, Switzerland in March 2019.  The theme of the Conference certainly demands attention:  The end of VET as we know it?

I am sure the exchange will be very worthwhile.  Interested in presenting research?  Please see the details below, and if you want support or to discuss the possibilities, just drop a reply below.  Call for Papers – SFIVET VET Congress 2019



Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference 2018

Melbourne, Victoria

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).

See the latest Posts on this website for more details of calls for expression of interest to present at this exciting conference.


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.

Hope to see you there!!!!






The recording from the NSW OctoberVET event held on 26 October 2017 is now available.  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.


NCVER 2017

It’s on again in 2017!!!  NCVER No Frills Conference 2017.

This exciting annual event is this year to be hosted in Hobart Tasmania.  In my (humble) experience this event never fails to provide great new research findings and superb networking opportunities.  I hope you have a chance to get involved in 2017. I have always come away with new perspectives on our important vocational education and training sector.

And you have to love the ethos of making this event accessible to everyone with such low fees and costs.







Keep up to date with research events and please make sure you post your thoughts about any you have recently attended.

Call for presentations: ‘No Frills’ Conference 2016no Frills


The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and CQUniversity are calling for abstracts for presentations and poster sessions for the 25th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’.  Please click here for further details.



AVETRA Annual Conference

The program is now complete for the event of the year for the VET community in Australia and beyond.  The conference details can be found at AVETRA’s home page.

See you there!


5 thoughts on “Happenings

    1. I attended the first day of the AVETRA conference and was part of a panel about this hub, which I hope stimulated some interest among other attendees. Reflecting on that session, I think it is very important to underline that we are talking about ‘small ‘r’ research’, about activities that inform teaching practice, policy and the way the workplace operates; indeed the sort of activities that most teaching professionals engage in from day to day. As Berwyn Clayton pointed out during the discussion, the bit that’s often missing is the writing up and dissemination of that activity. Let’s hope this hub presents an informal way towards getting those practices further embedded.


  1. Another recent happening was a celebration hosted by Victoria University of Berwyn Clayton’s career as a VET researcher. Berwyn is retiring from the Work-based Education Research Centre (http://www.vu.edu.au/work-based-education-research-centre-werc) at Victoria University next week. Last week she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Training Awards.

    Roger Harris (University of South Australia) did an analysis of Berwyn’s research output, tracing the development of her interest in two particular areas, assessment and the VET professional. Erica Smith (Federation University) highlighted Berwyn’s contribution to AVETRA’s hallmark as an organisation at the nexus of the practitioner and academic VET research. Megan Lilly (Australian Industry Group) eloquently summed up the principle underlying Berwyn’s overall approach to her work: championing the value of learning. In a panel discussion facilitated by the ebullient Hugh Guthrie (Victoria University), Chris Robinson (Australian Skills Quality Agency) underlined the importance of the second half of the research process, getting the message out – something Berwyn mastered, thanks, as Ann Goleby (ACT government) reminded us, to her grasp of the English language and dedication to hard work. Bob Paton (Manufacturing Skills Australia) reiterated another theme of the day, Berwyn’s ability to weave together the world of policy, VET practice and the workplace. Helen Sonnleitner (former Masters student) and Anne Bowden (former new researcher in the NCVER-VU-AVETRA Community of Practice researcher) spoke of Berwyn’s tremendous commitment to nurturing new researchers by getting them to ask the right questions and helping then tackle manageable answers. Someone commented during the day that we need ten Berwyn Claytons to keep the sector on track. She’s done everything she can to ensure a future for VET research; still she will be sorely missed…if she really does retire.


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