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New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum

25 October 2017, All day

The Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa are partnering to host the 14th New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum. This will be taking place over the 25th & 26th of October 2017.

We use the term 'vocational' in its broadest sense, encompassing not just what is traditionally thought of as the VET, but also professional education, intergrating workplace elements into education programmes, and using skills to support good outcomes for workers, industries and communities. The following themes and more will be explored.

* Outcomes, ecosystems and transitions: How do we achieve outcomes that benefit learners, industries and communities - and how can we encourage 'joined up VET that works across discipline and sector boundaries?

* Labour markets and the future of work: How does or should education relate to employment and the challenges involved in new work environments?

* Data and Methodologies: How can we effectively research and evaluate vocational and skills-focused education, and what can existing or new data sources tell us about effects for various stakeholders?

* Diversity: How can we promote diversity within VET, and how can skills-focused education be used to support marginalised people and communities?

Draft Programme: Day 1, Wednesday October 25



9:15 – 9:30

Whakatau and Welcome

9:30 – 10:30

Opening Keynote:

Emerging Goals for Vocational Education, and Responsive Curriculum and Pedagogic Practices

Professor Stephen Billet; Griffith University

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 11:45

Concurrent Sessions 1

Designing & Delivering Vocational Training Programmes to Meet the Need of Future Workplaces

(Sean Squires)

Hey I Read Your Research the Other Day and I used it to…

(Anne Alkema)

Embedding Ways to Enhance Employability Skills in Teaching Practice

(Gerard Duignan)

11:45 – 12:30

Concurrent Sessions 2

Transfer of Learning in Apprentice Development for Health and Community Support Work

(Karen Vaughan)

Cultural competencies and VET practice in the Aotearoa/NZ tertiary sector

(Mei Winitana)

Employability: A fundamental design criteria in programme development

(Debra Laraman)

12:30 – 1:15


1:15 – 1:45

Plenary Address:

Craig Fowler; National Centre for Vocational Education Research

1:45 – 2:30

Concurrent Sessions 3

e-Assessments for Learning Post-Qualification Review

(Selena Chan)

How Women Have Succeeded in Trades Where They are Traditionally Under-Represented

(Kylie Taffard)

The Emerging World of Work: Incorporating entrepreneurship into the vocational education and training model

(Jonathan Sibley)

2:30– 3:00

Afternoon Tea

3:00 – 3:45

Concurrent Sessions 4

An Integrated Approach: Holistic assessment of NZ dairy farming trainees

(Graeme Couper)

Pacific Learner Success in Workplace Settings

(Caroline Harris)

The Benefits to Students of Secondary-Tertiary Collaboration

(Johnny Gordon)

3:45 – 4:30

Concurrent Sessions 5

Industry Influenced Education:  Control, collaboration and confidence

(Jeni Fountain)

Bilingual Approaches to Technical Trades Vocabulary

(Averil Coxhead)

Secondary and Tertiary Providers Collaborate to deliver integrated vocational focused education

(Angus Robertson)

4:30 – 6:30

Networking Function


Programme: Day 2, Thursday October 26



8.45 – 9:00

Welcome to Day Two (Stanley)

9:00 – 10:00

Day Two Keynote:

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Massey University

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Tea

10:30 – 11:15

Concurrent Sessions 6

Supporting the Māori Student Learning Journey

(Rebecca Clarke)

SET for Work, SET for Life Te Tai Tokerau

(Rachael Dennis)

Degree Apprenticeships: Is this future for employer-led learning partnerships in NZ?

(Jenny Poskitt)

11:15 – 12:00

Concurrent Sessions 7

Te Muru – Linking data, people and potential through a Māori futures collective

(Kym Hamilton)

Rigour Without the Mortis: Understanding what success looks like in a workplace literacy and numeracy programme

(Nicky Murray)

Micro-credentials in Engineering Education

(Brenden Mischewski)

12:00 – 12:30

Plenary Address:

Natalie Keyes, Statistics New Zealand

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:15

Concurrent Sessions 8

Are Employers Youth-Ready? The significance and importance of connecting young people, schools and employers to create youth-friendly workplaces

(Lesley Petersen)

ACE Trace

(Carl Pascoe)

Becoming agents in their vocational learning: English language learners’ self-reflection throughout a workplace training course

(Dana Taylor)

2:15 – 3:00

Concurrent Sessions 9

Combined Session: Addressing learning and sensory needs

(Kaaryn Cater & Mike Styles)

The YETE Partnership Wairarapa

(Josie Whaanga)


3:00 – 3:30

Afternoon Tea and Wrap-up Discussion:



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