NCVER News #373

9 March 2016

VOCEDplus Pod Network launched

Are you looking for tertiary education research in one place? Search no more, the VOCEDplus Pod Network is here and it provides instant access to research and a multitude of resources in themed pages called Pods. The first 10 Pods focus on:

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Employment
  • Foundation skills
  • Industry
  • Pathways
  • Providers
  • Quality
  • Skills and knowledge
  • Standards
  • Youth transitions.

Webinar: Introducing the VOCEDplus Pod Network

If you’d like to learn more about the Pods and how to get the most out of them, join our free, interactive webinar Introducing the VOCEDplus Pod Network on Thursday 7 April from 12-1pm ACST.

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Research funding available

The latest funding round through the National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program is now open. Managed by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, the funding round seeks proposals on:

  • Meeting skill demand for the future
  • New delivery and assessment modes (emerging technology)
  • Future-proofing the VET workforce.

Proposals are due by 5pm, Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Further information 

Webinar: Rolling the dice: tips for developing research funding proposals 

In support of the NVETR funding round, Jo Hargreaves and Laura Jackson are presenting a free one-hour webinar on developing high-quality proposals on Monday 21 March, 2:30pm AEDT. They will share with participants first-hand knowledge and understanding of what research funding bodies look for and provide several strategies and tips for strengthening your proposal writing abilities.

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Key research messages from 2015

Research published by NCVER last year covered a wide variety of topics, reflecting the breadth of Australia’s VET sector. The key messages from each research publication are brought together in this valuable reference. 

Research messages 2015 

Apprentice and trainee numbers continue to decline

The latest release of apprentice and trainee data show there were 295 300 people in apprenticeships or traineeships at the end of September 2015, a decrease of 13.7% compared with the same time the previous year. Comparing data for the September 2015 quarter with same quarter in 2014:

  • Commencements decreased 19.3% to 36 000
  • Completions decreased overall by 6.0% to 27 600, but trade completions increased by 18.1% to 11 800
  • Cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 10.7% to 24 000.

Apprentices and trainees 2015 – September quarter 

Last chance to join NCVER & ADCET webinar

Don’t delay; register now to join NCVER’s and ADCET’s webinar Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: exploring the use of individualised and institution-led approaches in practice which will be held tomorrow from 1-2pm AEDT. The webinar will showcase the findings from NCVER’s recently released report of the same name and will be presented by Dr Annie Venville and Professor Ellie Fossey. 

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