Thank you to national and international delegates who attended and presented at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ in Sydney on 15-17 August 2018.

This was NCVER's first international partnership and we warmly thank our international co-hosts the Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa for their valued involvement and support.

The theme Skills for a global future: working and learning together reflects the international nature of this conference and  signals the pivotal role that VET plays in preparing people for an increasingly globalised workforce. Accordingly, a conference discussion paper, Skills for a global future, was publicly released one week prior to the conference.


Download a copy of the Conference Guide including the full program and abstracts.

Hear from speakers

Program highlights include dynamic international researcher Professor Lene Tanggaard from Aalborg University, Denmark who discussed with great passion and vigour how creativity is considered one of the necessary competencies for the future.

View Professor Tanggard's presentation

The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills opened the day on Friday, followed by leading economist Dr Andrew Charlton who presented convincing empirical evidence of the increasing need for ‘human skills’.

View The Hon Karen Andrews' presentation

Dinner speaker Kevin Sheedy had us laughing and inspired with his stories of common sense, creativity and the need to think 'outside the box' in business, jobs, training the workers of the future, and football of course!

Presentations and Poster Awards

Presentations are available to download from VOCEDplus, NCVER's free international research database for tertiary education.

Congratulations to our Best Poster award winners this year. They were:

People's Choice
Ken Eastwood, The Skills Organisation
Set for work, set for life, set for the future: best practice guidelines for a successful and sustainable vocational education

Judge's Choice
Jennifer Earle, University of Tasmania
Skills in the workforce: perspectives from Tasmanian STEM industry

Scholarship congratulations

Scholarships were offered again this year, for the second year running. This initiative, which is part of NCVER’s commitment to build capacity and capability in VET research, is designed to facilitate attendance and widen participation from across the VET sector.

Congratulations to the following 'No Frills' 2018 scholarship recipients:

  • VDC Practitioner Scholarship: Ms Xenia Girdler, Global Reconciliation
    Presentation: Delivering a diploma of community services (alcohol and other drugs and mental health) in the remote town of Katherine (NT): a case study 
  • AAIR Early Career Researcher Scholarship: Mr Daniel Jolley, Curtin University
    Presentation: Is vocational training failing to prepare fitness students for employment and future study? 
  • NCVER Early Career Researcher Scholarship: Dr Stacey Jenkins, Charles Sturt University
    Presentation: Skills for a global future for women in regional Australia

Sponsorship thanks

A huge thank you to sponsors for their valued support.


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