VET research events

Each October or November, RAVE hosts an 'OctoberVET' event open to all members of the community, and is of particular interest to VET professionals, teachers and trainers, school careers staff and teachers, Group Training Organisations, people working with young people and industry HR/Learning and Development Managers.

The research-based event on vocational education and training is part of the series of annual national ‘OctoberVET’ events around Australia, an activity of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA), see

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OctoberVET 2017

The tenth anniversary OctoberVET at Ballarat was on November 9th 2017 at the SMB campus, Ballarat. It had the theme ‘Training for industry’. It featured two well-known external speakers, Gary Workman (Apprenticeship Employment Network, Victoria) and Llandis Barratt-Pugh (Edith Cowan University), and an overview of a recent research project by RAVE researchers on employer training that was funded by the NCVER. The event also showcased Fed College’s partnership with IBM in an international program for senior secondary school students: P-TECH; and Fed Uni’s international research on apprenticeships, funded by the International Labour Organization. 45 people attended.

The program (pdf, 74kb) and presentations can be accessed below.

OctoberVET 2016

For the ninth year running, RAVE (Researching Adult and Vocational Education) has hosted an ‘OctoberVET’ event. This year the Ballarat event took place at the SMB Campus in Lydiard St, central Ballarat on Tuesday 18th October. The theme was ‘Teaching, training and learning: VET’s true business.’

The keynote speakers reported on two major projects in this area, ‘Investigating quality teaching in the Victorian VET sector’(Project leader: Ruth Schubert, funded by the Victorian government), and ‘What makes a good VET teacher/trainer, and how do you get there?’ (Project leader: Erica Smith, funded by the Australian Research Council). There were four other presentations about VET teaching/training and learning, three of which had an international flavour.

The program (docx, 62Kb) and presentations from OctoberVET 2016 at Ballarat can be accessed here:

OctoberVET 2015 (INAP conference)

On September 1st and 2nd FedUni's Mt Helen Campus hosted the 6th International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) conference for the first time in Australia.

INAP was hosted by co-chair of INAP, Erica Smith, and included keynote speeches from Dr Raymond Patel (MERSETA); Dr Paul Comyn (International Labor Organisation) and Professor Stephen Billett (Griffith Uni), and was opened by Minister Simon Birmingham. Minister Birmingham was at the time Assistant Minister for Education and Training and is now the Minister for Education and Training.

The conference was sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, and attracted presentations from world leading apprenticeship researchers, with 35 papers presented, from 12 countries. There was also a panel of Worldskills finalists and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors.

Conference papers can be seen at www.inap.uni-bremen and the formal book of the conference papers can be purchased from Australian Scholarly Publishing -

OctoberVET 2014

OctoberVET 2013

The program (docx, 61Kb) and presentations from OctoberVET 2013 at Ballarat can be accessed here: