AVETRA 2022 Conference Announced


Are we there yet? Building a research community to shape VET’s future.

28 & 29 April, 2022 – ONLINE

The call for Abstracts for the AVETRA 2022 Conference, Are we there yet? Building a research community to shape VET’s future has been received.

Day 1 will now be in-person at sites across Australasia, with a common online stream to connect the sites. Delegates have the option of joining the Day 1 stream fully online if they prefer.

Day 2 will be fully online, with multiple presentation streams. Delegates will have access to the presentation recordings as part of their registration.

More details, including the location of Day 1 hubs, will be shared soon.


The AVETRA 2022 Conference is your chance to present your research – whether it’s emerging, underway or complete with findings ready to share. You can chose from the following a number of options how you will share your research.

The conference will be structured around 4 themes:

  • Policy, practice and industry innovation 
  • Community and individual development 
  • Students, apprentices, trainees, and trades 
  • VET Research Methods 

To find out more go to Submit your abstract here. Follow this link to the form. 

Abstract submissions will close Tuesday, 8 March.

If you are not considering presenting your research this time around, you will no doubt want to know more about the event.  Here is a little more detail, together with my recommendation for a highly engaging and informative conference!  Don’t forget to register to join as a participant!

Registration Fees 

Full conference:

  • Members: $175 / Non-members: $365
  • Concessional members (students, unwaged, retired): $125

One day (either Day 1 or 2)

  • Members: $100 / Non-members: $290
  • Concessional members (students, unwaged, retired): $75

Note that if you hold a fully-paid registration for the cancelled 2020 Conference, you will be able to register for the 2022 conference at NO CHARGE.  

Conference registrations will open soon.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2022 Conference! 

All the best from the AVETRA Executive.

Steven Hodge, Conference Chair – s.hodge@griffith.edu.au

Did you register for the AVETRA Conference in 2020?

Remember, if you registered for the 2020 conference and did not apply for a refund, you will be able to register for the 2022 conference at NO CHARGE.


One of the most optimistic invitations received recently.  RWL12 Toronto proposes an in-person conference for 13-15 July 2022 in Toronto

The RWL12 Toronto Conference proposal submission system is officially open as of September 1, 2021 and closes on November 1, 2021. We eagerly look forward to your submission!  

Full instructions, a list of frequently asked questions, and access to the RWL proposal submission portal can be found here.  We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation. The RWL12 Toronto conference continues to be designed as a primarily in-person international event. However, we have reserved a proportion of online presentation opportunities for those facing a variety of barriers.

Other helpful information can be found at the following links:

If you experience any issues, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If this does not provide you with the information you need then do not hesitate to reach out to us at rwl12@utoronto.ca.


Interesting International VET Happenings

in 2018 and 2019


Call for papers: Technology, maker and VET
International conference “Promoting designing and making in STEM field and Vocational Education and Training to produce ‘makers’ for sustainable skills development”, Hotel 224, Pretoria, South Africa, August 9-11, 2018.
Youth unemployment has been inordinately high for many years in South Africa and is one of the country’s major socio-economic challenges. The supply of sustainable occupational skills is central to economic growth and development in South Africa. The aim of this conference is to create a platform for best researchers and practitioners of technology, makers, and vocational education and training to provide best solutions to transform TVET and ACET colleges to produce employable youth. The conference will offer: Plenary sessions with renowned national and international scholars; Parallel sessions featuring presentations and SIGs for TVET and ACET; Workshops. Keynote speakers include Em. Prof. Dr. Martin Mulder: former head of Education and Competence Studies at Wageningen University, Netherlands, and Dr Antje Barabasch: head of “Current issues in VET/PET research” at Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Bern, Switzerland.
Call for papers: Education & learning sans frontièrs
EAPRIL conference “Education & Learning sans frontièrs”, Portorož/Piran, Slovenia, November 12-14, 2018.
The 13th EAPRIL conference will take place in Portorož/Piran (Slovenia) from November 12 till 14, 2018. EAPRIL is the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning, both in education and professional practice, and brings together research and practice as well as educational and professional learning. We invite educational researchers and practitioners to exchange and re-think their expertise in education, learning and training from a ‘sans frontières’ perspective, i.e. connecting various expertise domains fertilising new perspectives, mixing methodological approaches, discussing cooperation between education and the workplace, bridging educational and corporate learning settings, and last but not least researchers and practitioners via practice-based research projects. The EAPRIL conference is renowned for its highly interactive and innovative presentation formats, with this year a keynote lab instead of a traditional speech. Furthermore, school visits are scheduled to allow participants to learn more about the Slovenian educational system. Finally, our annual Corporate Learning Day will take place on November 13, with trending L&D themes discussed in transformational labs.
Call for papers: Crossing boundaries in VET
International VET Conference “Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Pedagogical concerns and market demands” 2-3 May 2019València, Spain.
In 2019 we will focus on pedagogical ideas, approaches and proposals that help contribute to the education of workers and citizens. VET has to be able to comply with the changing demands set by the productive system in a growing precarization context. The notion of work and working relations are not what they used to be during the 20th century. The Mediterranean and Southern European regions will be given special attention in the conference. The best papers will be selected and put forward for publication in a special edition of IJRVET International Journal for Research in Vocational Education: http://www.ijrvet.net. Deadlines: Submission of the abstract (500-1000 words):

Networks and Organisations

Call for papers: Opening and extending vocational education
VET & Culture workshop: Opening and extending vocational education. University of Zurich, Institute of Education, 17-18 September 2018.
The VET & Culture workshop 2018 combines perspectives of 1) a historising dimension on vocational education, 2) an open understanding of vocational education including higher education, further and adult education, and 3) informal and non-formal aspects of the education system. We consider that apprenticeship and VET are distinct approaches towards initial education that have been opened and extended in various directions over time: Higher education absorbed vocational education models. Vice versa, vocational education development tends to adopt structures of higher education. Privatisation and marketisation have emerged as well as utilitarian approaches towards labour market skills. Informal learning and recognition of competences have widened the perspectives on vocational education. In this workshop, we will discuss the variety of opening and extending tendencies within vocational education and their effects. Presentations will alternate with round tables combined with a planned field visit.

CVER conference 2018  – Call for papers
The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) at the London School of Economics (LSE) will hold its third annual conference on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September 2018. Keynote speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Smith (University of Wisconsin) and Professor Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt University Berlin).

Above Posted:  5 July 2017

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!


6 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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