Future jobs, different skilling

Media release

5 July 2017

Leading vocational education and training (VET) researchers and practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand head to Hobart this week to discuss skilling for tomorrow at the 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’.

Co-hosted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and TasTAFE, the conference brings together over 200 delegates and presenters from across VET, industry and government.

“This annual conference will cover the latest research and insights along the themes of exploring, translating and evolving for tomorrow’s skills. A combination of workshops, posters and presentations will provide delegates with new information to apply to their organisations”, said Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

“As the largest vocational education and training provider in Tasmania, TasTAFE is delighted to be co-hosting this year’s NCVER conference. The conference is being held at our Drysdale Campus in Hobart, which specialises in hospitality and tourism, so delegates will get a taste of our students’ hosting and culinary skills”, said Mark Sayer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, TasTAFE.

The official conference program begins on Thursday 6 July with an address by The Hon Matthew Groom MP, Minister for State Growth. This will be followed by two opening keynote addresses. Adrienne Dawson, Principal Advocacy Advisor, Industry Training Federation, New Zealand will provide highlights on the broadening scope and structure of the more traditional apprenticeship model involving industry led initiatives. John Hooper, Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania will discuss how neighbourhood houses and partnerships play a vital role in bridging the gap to formal education.

A closing keynote will be given by Stacey Joseph, Membership and Education Specialist, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on building work readiness in job seekers from an employer perspective.

To further inform delegates, NCVER has published a discussion paper titled Skilling for tomorrow which explores the changes to the world of work drawing on key findings from a number of national and international papers.

The 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is at TasTAFE Drysdale Campus, Hobart. Conference presentations will run from 6-7 July 2017.

About National Centre for Vocational and Education Research (NCVER)

NCVER is a professional and independent body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) nationally.

Since 1981, its statistical and research reports and services have been informing government and providing those in the VET sector with the latest information and insights to enhance Australian VET policy, performance and practice.

It is a not-for-profit company owned by the Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for vocational education and training.

For more information: www.ncver.edu.au/nofrills2017.html

Media enquiries:
Deanne Loan, NCVER, 0413 523 691