Lunchtime Forum with Anne Jones and Lizzie Knight.
In Australia, VET policy, systems, structures and traditions are not necessarily designed to meet the needs of all potential learners. For example, VET participation is highly gendered with women largely excluded from training for many highly remunerated, traditionally male occupations. Similarly the lower participation rates and outcomes for people with disabilities, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Indigenous communities have disappointing economic and social consequences for those individuals.
In this Victoria University forum, a diverse panel of VET practitioners and researchers will share their research and experience explaining how VET can better meet the needs of all learners. Audience members will be invited to join a Q&A session after the speakers have introduced their findings and observations
- Dr Anne Jones is an Emeritus Professor at Victoria University and a non-executive director at Chisholm Institute.
- Dr Lizzie Knight is a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Research on Education Systems and the Secretary of AVETRA
- Angela Paredes Castro, a PhD student at Victoria University, is interested in the social, psychological and financial wellbeing of socio-economically disadvantaged groups
- Davena Monro is a Butchulla and Garawa woman undertaking PhD studies at University of Melbourne. She is with Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Queensland.
- Jen Cousins works in SA TAFE’s Quality, Teaching and Learning portfolio in Accessibility and Inclusive Education
- Paul Boys is the Director of Gippsland Tech School, located in the Latrobe Valley and part of TAFE Gippsland
- Sara Ranatunge’s Victoria University PhD research is on the impact of the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE program on women’s access to VET