NCVER News #396

8 February 2017

Less than two weeks to submit your abstract!

Abstract submissions for the 26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' close on Monday 20 February. Don't miss the opportunity to present to policy-makers, educators, researchers, registered training organisations, government education and training authorities and more - jump online and submit your abstract now.

We are seeking oral and poster presentations, from both new and experienced researchers, that align with the conference theme Skilling for tomorrow.

The conference runs from 5-7 July 2017 in Hobart, Tasmania.

You'll find more information on submitting an abstract and presenter guidelines on our conference page.

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Upcoming events

Webinar: Graduate outcomes for VET: the missing piece of the total VET activity puzzle

Thursday 30 March, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ACDT

Interested in the National Student Outcomes Survey, which surveys VET graduates on the outcomes of their studies? Register to hear NCVER's Davinia Blomberg and Pip Skurray present an overview of the survey at our next webinar. They will provide insight into the findings from the expanded survey data, and guidance on how to use NCVER resources to explore the outcomes and experiences of VET graduates.

More information and to register

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills'

Wednesday 5 - Friday 7 July, TasTAFE Drysdale campus, Hobart

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. It also offers valuable professional development opportunities through a series of hands-on pre-conference workshops.

Registration opens in late March.

For more information

VOCEDplus news

Using libraries to develop employability skills

According to a recent OECD issues paper, one in six youth across OECD countries are neither in employment, education nor training (NEET). While technological changes are destroying jobs in some areas, they are also creating new jobs and opportunities. For young people to take advantage of these opportunities, they need to have the right skillset.

Ready to code: connecting youth to CS opportunity through libraries, a new addition in VOCEDplus, highlights the role libraries play in equipping youth with skills that are essential for future employment. It describes a US project launched in 2016, Libraries Ready to Code, which set out to investigate how libraries support computer science (CS), coding and computational thinking skills acquisition by youth.

The role of libraries and librarians in the development of employability skills is not new. A review of the literature on current practice in the development of employability skills and a follow up article, From the library to the workplace, provide more information on this topic.