New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum 2016
Wellington 18 and 19 October 2016
The 13th annual New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum, co-hosted by Ako Aotearoa and the Industry Training Federation, was held at Wellington’s Amora Hotel in October 2016.
Over two days, attendees from across the tertiary education sector, government agencies, and community, iwi, and industry organisations discussed and heard about projects covering trades training, applied education disciplines, and the relationship between skills and work.
The VET research forum is New Zealand’s largest annual event dedicated specifically to research on career-, work-, and skills-oriented education and training. Each year it includes sessions and speakers covering apprenticeships, professional education, work-integrated learning, and foundation education. It also explores policy related to skills, the labour market, and professional education.
The 2016 New Zealand VET Research Forum had addresses from five distinguished keynote and plenary speakers. Copies of their presentations can be downloaded below.
The Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa would also like to thank the Hon Louise Upston, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, for opening Day One of the forum, and Grant Robertson MP, Chair of the Future of Work Commission, for opening Day Two.
Professor Ewart Keep
Professor Keep is the Director of SKOPE – a centre co-hosted by Oxford and Cardiff universities that over the past 18 years has been dedicated to investigating links between business performance and the acquisition and use of skills & knowledge. His research interests include policy for skills, higher education and lifelong learning, training for low paid workers, education and training systems, employers’ attitudes towards skills, and the linkages between skills and performance.
As well as being an active academic researcher, Ewart has been a member of and provided advisory and services to many organisations, including UK and Scottish Parliamentary Committees, the UK Treasury, Cabinet Office, and many other UK, Scottish, and Welsh departments and agencies, Australian Federal and State governments, and a wide range of major UK think-tanks and charities, including DEMOS and the Nuffield Foundation.
Professor Keep also presented to a multiagency group of officials at a Te Punaha session on November 20, hosted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.
Professor Alison Fuller
Professor Alison Fuller was appointed Pro-Director for Research and Development at University College London’s Institute of Education in 2014 after having previously been Professor of Vocational Education and Work. Prior to that being Director of Research and Professor of Education and Work at the University of Southampton’s School of Education.
Alison’s work covers areas including vocational education, work transitions, apprenticeship, workplace learning, and workforce development, and her research with Professor Lorna Unwin led to the development of the influential ‘expansive – restrictive continuum’ model for apprenticeships. She is currently working with University of Southampton researchers on projects exploring employee-driven innovation, work and learning in the healthcare sector, and creating learning environments for compassionate care.
Professor John Buchanan
Prior to being appointed Chair of Business Analytics at the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Buchanan was Director of the university’s Workplace Research Centre (formerly acirrt) 2005–2014. With others, he was a lead researcher on the NCVER-funded multi-strand project Vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market.
Professor Buchanan is currently Network Leader for the University of Sydney's Health and Work Research Network, a consortium involving experts from the Business School, Medical, Health Sciences and four other faculties.
He was one of the authors of Australia at work: just managing? and Fragmented Futures: New Challenges in Working Life.
These texts provide an overview of the restructuring of work in Australia since the 1970s.
Murray Sherwin, CNZM
Murray Sherwin is the Chair of the NZ Productivity Commission. An economist with over 35 years’ experience in a wide range of public policy roles, his previous appointments include Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, member of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank, and member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group.
Murray’s other current roles include Chair of the Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel which advises the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk issues, and Chair of Innovation Partnership – a group of private and public sector entities supporting smart use of internet technology.
Jodieann Dawe is the National Manager for Research and Engagement at Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Education Research. She is skilled in research and stakeholder engagement at national and global levels and across a wide breadth of industry sectors, and has particular experience in managing applied research to deliver knowledge, evidence and market intelligence valued by industry and governments s. Her previous roles include CEO of Water Research Australia, Managing Director/Company Secretary of a UNSW University company supporting students and also Manager, Research Operations of Meat and Livestock Australia.
Presentations from concurrent sessions at the Forum can be downloaded below:
Concurrent Sessions 1
Adelaide Reid, The Collaborative.
- Capturing the ‘Invisible’: The role of graduate profile outcomes in assisting the ‘becoming’ process
Dr Selena Chan, Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Concurrent Sessions 2
Lynette Steele and Jeni Fountain, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Stream B: Using New Technologies in VET
David Earle, Ministry of Education
Concurrent Sessions 3
Georgina Atkinson, NCVER
- Learning and Technology: Using technology to build the evidence base in vocational education and training
Perrin Rowland and Dr Helen Anderson; Intueri Education Group
Concurrent Sessions 4
Chantal Pillay, Le Cordon Bleu
Jennifer Green, Massey University
Concurrent Sessions 5
Caroline Harris, Service IQ; Iani Nemani, Competenz
David Earle, Ministry of Education et al.
Concurrent Sessions 6
- Encouraging Completion: Why do trainees ‘drop out’ and what we can do about it AND The Principles of On-Job Assessment in ITOs
Heather McDonald and Anne Alkema, Heathrose; Adrienne Dawson, Industry Training Federation
Mark Cox and Fiona Stokes, BERL
Concurrent Sessions 7
Johanna Rhodes, Southern Institute of Technology
Linda Aumua and Stephen Mataia, UNITEC
Concurrent Sessions 8
Dr Alistair Shaw, NZUSA
Mike Styles, Primary ITO
Concurrent Sessions 9
Cassius Kuresa, Careers NZ
Dr Averil Coxhead, Victoria University of Wellington