Conference program
 

For the first time the 29th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is online. The conference will feature a comprehensive range of live and pre-recorded content, including keynote speakers, focus sessions and over 30 presentations.

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All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

Kate - keynote



Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie

11:00  Wednesday 8 July

We're excited to announce our opening keynote speaker: founder of Playup Perth and Future Human Academy, games designer, VR/AR specialist and Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie.

Since 2007, Kate has been making immersive reality games and ‘escape rooms’ converging virtual and physical worlds to ignite human transformations.

As a globally recognised industry leader, Kate has been the recipient of numerous international awards, spoken at conferences around the globe and been a judge, coach or mentor for a variety of events, including the NASA Space Apps Challenge and Startup Weekend.

Today, Kate assists leaders to navigate the influence of digitisation, with a focus on the human transformation required to succeed in the next economy.

Adam Boyton



Mr Adam Boyton

13:00  Friday 10 July

The National Skills Commission – labour market analysis and skills needs over the recovery phase

Mr Adam Boyton was announced as the Interim National Skills Commissioner on 24 October 2019.

Adam will play a crucial role in establishing the Commission, as well as leading technical work including developing options for an efficient price for Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, and strengthening skills demand forecasting.

Prior to this appointment, Adam was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and a managing director and the Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank. He was a member of the NSW Skills Board from 2013 to 2019 and was closely involved in the development of pricing, funding and costing models as well as the continuous review and assessment of VET in NSW.

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 1
11:00

FOCUS SESSION 1

12:00


INCORPORATING DIGITAL SKILLS INTO VET

This series consists of two separate but related focus sessions.


Challenges and opportunities for delivery

Michelle Circelli, Bridget Wibrow, NCVER; Deniese Cox, Griffith University & Brenda Micale, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA.


The rise of Industry 4.0 and the digital economy has highlighted the need for the general workforce to have digital skills. How can the VET sector ensure the workforce is appropriately skilled to respond to this challenge?


This interactive focus session will explore research and case studies on how to incorporate digital skills into VET delivery.


We anticipate that participants will come away with a deeper understanding of good practice when it comes to incorporating digital skills into VET delivery.


SESSION CONCLUDES

12:30

FOCUS SESSION 2

13:30


INCORPORATING DIGITAL SKILLS INTO VET

This series consists of two separate but related focus sessions.


Implications for educators

Michelle Circelli, Bridget Wibrow, NCVER; Deniese Cox, Griffith University & Brenda Micale, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA.


In the first focus session we explored incorporating digital skills into VET delivery. But in a world where technology is rapidly evolving, what does this mean for VET educators?


Through a discussion of case studies and research this interactive session will focus on the implications of Industry 4.0 for VET educators given the increasing need to include digital skills in VET delivery.


We anticipate that participants will come away with a deeper understanding of ways to develop and maintain their own digital skills capability.


SESSION CONCLUDES

14:00FOCUS SESSION 3
15:00


Everything you need to know to become a VOCEDplus search expert

Rose-Anne Polvere & Radhika Naidu, NCVER


Do you spend a lot of time searching online for VET information? Perhaps you’re retrieving too many results, or never quite finding exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to find quality material, quickly and easily, then this is the session for you!

We’ll show you how to become a VOCEDplus searching pro using our top 10 search tips. VOCEDplus is NCVER’s international tertiary education database and contains over 80 000 publications relating to skills development, workforce needs, and social inclusion.

Attend this session and discover how VOCEDplus is a real game-changer in the world of VET.


SESSION CONCLUDES

15:30

FOCUS SESSION 4

 


25 years of LSAY: understanding and using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

Ronnie Semo & Emerick Chew, NCVER


For over 20 years the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has provided researchers, policy-makers and educators with a valuable resource for capturing the pathways of young people as they make their way from school to post-school education and training and into the workforce.


To date, more than 60 000 young people have participated in LSAY across six distinct cohorts, providing a vast evidence base for exploring youth transitions over the decades.


This workshop will introduce participants to LSAY and the many resources available to help use and understand the data. Highlights from over two decades of LSAY research will be presented to demonstrate how the data can be used to answer a broad range of research questions.

16:30 DAY 1 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 2
OFFICIAL OPENING
11:00Welcome address: Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER
 Ministerial address: Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash, Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
 Keynote address: Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Interactive producer, AR/MR game designer and technology researcher
12:30 SESSION CONCLUDES
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:00

New directions in skills planning: insights from occupational labour flows within Australia’s employed workforce

John Buchanan, University of Sydney

13:30

Future digital social care: the challenges and considerations of a tech and innovation enhanced workforce

George Margelis & Anne Livingstone, Australian Aged Care Industry Innovation and Technology Council

14:00

Live Q&A with John Buchanan, George Margelis & Anne Livingstone (Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis)

14:30 SESSION CONCLUDES
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMESAPPRENTICES AND TRAINEESSKILLSINTERNATIONAL VET
15:00

Apprentice and trainee completion rates in construction: building a skilled workforce

Eric Parnis, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Redefining competency, challenges and opportunities

Michael Hartman, Skills Impact

Addressing changing skill needs through rationalising VET qualifications: an exploration of international models

Bridget Wibrow, NCVER

15:30

Building training providers’ capability

Irina Ferouleva, SA Department for Innovation and Skills

Workforce ready in a transitioning regional economy

Carley Brennan, The Gordon Institute of TAFE

Ensuring our international VET graduates are workforce ready

Steve Nerlich, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

16:00

Apprenticeship non-completion in Germany: a money matter?

Caroline Neuber-Pohl, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training Germany (BIBB)

Lifelong learning: foundation for future work

Joshua Rayner, Jobs Queensland

Diversification in higher education in Germany and its implications for the sustainability of the dual apprenticeship system

Thomas Deissinger, University of Konstanz, Germany

16:30 DAY 2 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 3
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES: YOUNG PEOPLE SKILLS ACCESS & EQUITY
11:00

Improving provider practice and value for money through outcomes-based program funding

Austin Whitehead, NSW Department of Education

Skill mismatches, skill shortages, and skill gaps in information technology industry: challenges and opportunities for VET

Geethani Nair, TAFE NSW

Realising the potential: career pathways for refugees

Peter Harrison, AMES Australia

11:30

Converting Carmichael's VET in Schools legacy: certified for university, yet not ready for the workforce

Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University

Starting out or switching focus: how micro-credentials can provide a meaningful pathway into and from VET

Asheley Jones & Lynette Harris, DeakinCo

Becoming work ready through work: meeting the challenge in the APY Lands

Janet Skewes, TAFE SA & Madonna Tomes, Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation

12:00

Are VET for secondary school students workforce ready? A study on their post-school employment and training destinations

Josie Misko & Emerick Chew, NCVER

Now, more than ever: the importance of vocational education and transferable skills

Renee Hindmarsh, South Australian Training Advocate

‘It’s very hard for people like me to get the job’

Yi-Jung Teresa Hsieh, University of Queensland

12:30 SESSIONS CONCLUDE   
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:00

Future workforce ready? How apprenticeships and traineeships can help

Erica Smith, Federation University Australia

13:30

15 going on 25: insights from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

David Redway, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

14:00
Live Q&A with Erica Smith & David Redway (Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis)
14:30 DAY 3 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 4
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES: PRACTICE INDUSTRY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
11:00

Exploring recognition of prior learning in Australian VET

Kristen Osborne, NCVER

The modern worker: a guide to what employers want

Kristy Merrick, Business Council of Australia

Digitally skilled VET graduates firstly need digitally literate VET practitioners

Allison Miller, Digital Capability

11:30

The effects from the mandatory upgrade in the Certificate IV TAE

Chris Ho & Jane Court, Chisholm Institute

Are culinary educators an agent in the socialisation of toxic kitchen cultures?

Richard Robinson, The University of Queensland

The fourth industrial revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET

Pi-Shen Seet, Edith Cowan University

12:00

Good practice in supporting disadvantaged learners

Abby Duruz, TAFE NSW

Workforce skills challenges: learnings from the 2018 Victorian Employer Skills Survey

Anthony Frosh, Wallis Market and Social Research

APPRENTICES & TRAINEES

Community Traineeships Pilot Program - developing, trialling and evaluating a best-practice traineeship model for young people

Emily Barter, Victorian Council of Social Service

12:30 SESSIONS CONCLUDE
13:00KEYNOTE AND CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
 

Keynote address: Mr Adam Boyton, Interim National Skills Commissioner

The National Skills Commission – labour market analysis and skills needs over the recovery phase.

 Conference wrap-up: Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER
14:00 CONFERENCE CLOSE

*Speakers and presentations are subject to change

  
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Conference program


Keynotes

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

Kate - keynote



Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie

11:00  Wednesday 8 July

We're excited to announce our opening keynote speaker: founder of Playup Perth and Future Human Academy, games designer, VR/AR specialist and Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie.

Since 2007, Kate has been making immersive reality games and ‘escape rooms’ converging virtual and physical worlds to ignite human transformations.

As a globally recognised industry leader, Kate has been the recipient of numerous international awards, spoken at conferences around the globe and been a judge, coach or mentor for a variety of events, including the NASA Space Apps Challenge and Startup Weekend.

Today, Kate assists leaders to navigate the influence of digitisation, with a focus on the human transformation required to succeed in the next economy.

Adam Boyton



Mr Adam Boyton

13:00  Friday 10 July

The National Skills Commission – labour market analysis and skills needs over the recovery phase

Mr Adam Boyton was announced as the Interim National Skills Commissioner on 24 October 2019.

Adam will play a crucial role in establishing the Commission, as well as leading technical work including developing options for an efficient price for Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, and strengthening skills demand forecasting.

Prior to this appointment, Adam was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and a managing director and the Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank. He was a member of the NSW Skills Board from 2013 to 2019 and was closely involved in the development of pricing, funding and costing models as well as the continuous review and assessment of VET in NSW.


Tuesday 7 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 1
11:00

FOCUS SESSION 1

12:00


INCORPORATING DIGITAL SKILLS INTO VET

This series consists of two separate but related focus sessions.


Challenges and opportunities for delivery

Michelle Circelli, Bridget Wibrow, NCVER; Deniese Cox, Griffith University & Brenda Micale, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA.


The rise of Industry 4.0 and the digital economy has highlighted the need for the general workforce to have digital skills. How can the VET sector ensure the workforce is appropriately skilled to respond to this challenge?


This interactive focus session will explore research and case studies on how to incorporate digital skills into VET delivery.


We anticipate that participants will come away with a deeper understanding of good practice when it comes to incorporating digital skills into VET delivery.


SESSION CONCLUDES

12:30

FOCUS SESSION 2

13:30


INCORPORATING DIGITAL SKILLS INTO VET

This series consists of two separate but related focus sessions.


Implications for educators

Michelle Circelli, Bridget Wibrow, NCVER; Deniese Cox, Griffith University & Brenda Micale, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA.


In the first focus session we explored incorporating digital skills into VET delivery. But in a world where technology is rapidly evolving, what does this mean for VET educators?


Through a discussion of case studies and research this interactive session will focus on the implications of Industry 4.0 for VET educators given the increasing need to include digital skills in VET delivery.


We anticipate that participants will come away with a deeper understanding of ways to develop and maintain their own digital skills capability.


SESSION CONCLUDES

14:00FOCUS SESSION 3
15:00


Everything you need to know to become a VOCEDplus search expert

Rose-Anne Polvere & Radhika Naidu, NCVER


Do you spend a lot of time searching online for VET information? Perhaps you’re retrieving too many results, or never quite finding exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to find quality material, quickly and easily, then this is the session for you!

We’ll show you how to become a VOCEDplus searching pro using our top 10 search tips. VOCEDplus is NCVER’s international tertiary education database and contains over 80 000 publications relating to skills development, workforce needs, and social inclusion.

Attend this session and discover how VOCEDplus is a real game-changer in the world of VET.


SESSION CONCLUDES

15:30

FOCUS SESSION 4

 


25 years of LSAY: understanding and using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

Ronnie Semo & Emerick Chew, NCVER


For over 20 years the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has provided researchers, policy-makers and educators with a valuable resource for capturing the pathways of young people as they make their way from school to post-school education and training and into the workforce.


To date, more than 60 000 young people have participated in LSAY across six distinct cohorts, providing a vast evidence base for exploring youth transitions over the decades.


This workshop will introduce participants to LSAY and the many resources available to help use and understand the data. Highlights from over two decades of LSAY research will be presented to demonstrate how the data can be used to answer a broad range of research questions.

16:30 DAY 1 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change


Wednesday 8 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 2
OFFICIAL OPENING
11:00Welcome address: Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER
 Ministerial address: Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash, Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
 Keynote address: Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Interactive producer, AR/MR game designer and technology researcher
12:30 SESSION CONCLUDES
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:00

New directions in skills planning: insights from occupational labour flows within Australia’s employed workforce

John Buchanan, University of Sydney

13:30

Future digital social care: the challenges and considerations of a tech and innovation enhanced workforce

George Margelis & Anne Livingstone, Australian Aged Care Industry Innovation and Technology Council

14:00

Live Q&A with John Buchanan, George Margelis & Anne Livingstone (Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis)

14:30 SESSION CONCLUDES
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMESAPPRENTICES AND TRAINEESSKILLSINTERNATIONAL VET
15:00

Apprentice and trainee completion rates in construction: building a skilled workforce

Eric Parnis, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Redefining competency, challenges and opportunities

Michael Hartman, Skills Impact

Addressing changing skill needs through rationalising VET qualifications: an exploration of international models

Bridget Wibrow, NCVER

15:30

Building training providers’ capability

Irina Ferouleva, SA Department for Innovation and Skills

Workforce ready in a transitioning regional economy

Carley Brennan, The Gordon Institute of TAFE

Ensuring our international VET graduates are workforce ready

Steve Nerlich, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

16:00

Apprenticeship non-completion in Germany: a money matter?

Caroline Neuber-Pohl, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training Germany (BIBB)

Lifelong learning: foundation for future work

Joshua Rayner, Jobs Queensland

Diversification in higher education in Germany and its implications for the sustainability of the dual apprenticeship system

Thomas Deissinger, University of Konstanz, Germany

16:30 DAY 2 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change


Thursday 9 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 3
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES: YOUNG PEOPLE SKILLS ACCESS & EQUITY
11:00

Improving provider practice and value for money through outcomes-based program funding

Austin Whitehead, NSW Department of Education

Skill mismatches, skill shortages, and skill gaps in information technology industry: challenges and opportunities for VET

Geethani Nair, TAFE NSW

Realising the potential: career pathways for refugees

Peter Harrison, AMES Australia

11:30

Converting Carmichael's VET in Schools legacy: certified for university, yet not ready for the workforce

Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University

Starting out or switching focus: how micro-credentials can provide a meaningful pathway into and from VET

Asheley Jones & Lynette Harris, DeakinCo

Becoming work ready through work: meeting the challenge in the APY Lands

Janet Skewes, TAFE SA & Madonna Tomes, Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation

12:00

Are VET for secondary school students workforce ready? A study on their post-school employment and training destinations

Josie Misko & Emerick Chew, NCVER

Now, more than ever: the importance of vocational education and transferable skills

Renee Hindmarsh, South Australian Training Advocate

‘It’s very hard for people like me to get the job’

Yi-Jung Teresa Hsieh, University of Queensland

12:30 SESSIONS CONCLUDE   
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:00

Future workforce ready? How apprenticeships and traineeships can help

Erica Smith, Federation University Australia

13:30

15 going on 25: insights from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

David Redway, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

14:00
Live Q&A with Erica Smith & David Redway (Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis)
14:30 DAY 3 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change


Friday 10 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

DAY 4
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES: PRACTICE INDUSTRY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
11:00

Exploring recognition of prior learning in Australian VET

Kristen Osborne, NCVER

The modern worker: a guide to what employers want

Kristy Merrick, Business Council of Australia

Digitally skilled VET graduates firstly need digitally literate VET practitioners

Allison Miller, Digital Capability

11:30

The effects from the mandatory upgrade in the Certificate IV TAE

Chris Ho & Jane Court, Chisholm Institute

Are culinary educators an agent in the socialisation of toxic kitchen cultures?

Richard Robinson, The University of Queensland

The fourth industrial revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET

Pi-Shen Seet, Edith Cowan University

12:00

Good practice in supporting disadvantaged learners

Abby Duruz, TAFE NSW

Workforce skills challenges: learnings from the 2018 Victorian Employer Skills Survey

Anthony Frosh, Wallis Market and Social Research

APPRENTICES & TRAINEES

Community Traineeships Pilot Program - developing, trialling and evaluating a best-practice traineeship model for young people

Emily Barter, Victorian Council of Social Service

12:30 SESSIONS CONCLUDE
13:00KEYNOTE AND CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
 

Keynote address: Mr Adam Boyton, Interim National Skills Commissioner

The National Skills Commission – labour market analysis and skills needs over the recovery phase.

 Conference wrap-up: Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER
14:00 CONFERENCE CLOSE

*Speakers and presentations are subject to change