This year Ballarat hosted the 11th ‘OctoberVET’ conference on November 7th, 2018 at SMB Campus, Ballarat. The theme was ‘Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Research, Policy and Practice’.
The conference featured presentations on new Victorian policy developments in apprenticeships and traineeships from Carl Walsh (Manager, Tertiary Education Policy and Strategy, Department of Education and Training Victoria) and an international perspective on apprenticeships in the G20 countries from Erica Smith and Jackie Tuck, from Federation University. The event also included presentations from Denielle Beardmore on industry-led traineeships in nursing, organised by Ballarat Health Services in partnership with Federation University; and from Gary Workman on the transition of mature aged workers into a new field of work via an apprenticeship.
In presentations on research carried out as part of research programs at FedUni, Barry Wright presented on the effectiveness of fully on-the-job training for carpentry apprenticeships, while Liam Frost-Camilleri spoke of perceptions of apprentices’ literacy and numeracy skill. The event concluded with participants reflecting on policy and practice implications of the day and a panel discussion with three expert panellists. 26 people attended the event.
The program (pdf, 152kb) and presentations can be accessed below.