Thursday 21 February, 1:30pm - 2:30pm ACDT


This webinar will draw on the work of Professor Stephen Billett and colleagues focusing on the perceptions of parents, potential and current students, employers and teachers about the status of VET. This work is supported through a Queensland Government Department of Education and Training Education Horizon Research Grant.

The intent of this work is to help identify and inform policy interventions about promoting the standing and status of the VET sector across Queensland's communities but is likely to have application nationally. The webinar will also show case programs and initiatives aimed at demonstrating the value of VET to potential learners.


Dr Stephen Billett, Professor of Adult and Vocational Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

After a career in garment manufacturing, Dr Billett has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Dr Billet is also a National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. He is a Fulbright Scholar (1999), National Teaching Fellow (2008-2010), and Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2011-15). In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Jyvasksla University (Finland) and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 2015. He currently leads research projects in Australia, Singapore, Norway and the Middle East funded by  granting schemes, government and global agencies.

Daryl Sutton, Manager, VET, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority

Daryl is the Manager of the VET Unit at the VCAA, an independent statutory body responsible to the Victorian Minister for Education. VCAA provide high quality curriculum, assessment and reporting for all Victorian students including the 2 senior secondary certificates, the Victorian Certificate of Education and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, both of which have mechanisms for the recognition of VET into them.

Daryl has been in this role for 12 years, and prior to this he had a career in teaching in schools across Victoria in commerce, careers and vocational education.


Michelle Circelli, Acting Manager, National Research, NCVER

Michelle provides leadership to the NCVER's research program, undertakes research and consultancy projects for NCVER, and has a particular interest in foundation skills.

Michelle was the 2013 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education and Training spending time in the United States undertaking research into measuring success of adult literacy and numeracy programs with the Californian Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the federal Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.



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Further reading

Virtual conference report on Improving the image of TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC TVeT Forum, 16 to 24 July 2018

We need to change negative views of the jobs VET serves to make it a good post-school option, The Conversation, October 4, 2018

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