In the lead-up to the conference, NCVER released the discussion paper Skilling for tomorrow which provided a summary of research and discussion on the future world of work, drawing out points which were relevant to the conference theme - Skilling for tomorrow.Evolution and transformation was a key theme from the opening address on the transformation of Tasmania (the Hon Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth); to the transformation of apprenticeships in New Zealand (Adrienne Dawson, Industry Training Federation, New Zealand); and the transformation of people through Neighbourhood Houses (John Hooper, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania) and its partnership with Avidity Training. Stacey Joseph from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry explained what employers can do to support new graduates to ensure they are work ready in her final keynote address.
Guest speaker Matthew Evans entertained us at the conference dinner by sharing his views on how to get the world's best job, while TasTAFE students did an outstanding job of not only serving a sumptuous dinner showcasing local Tasmanian produce at TasTAFE's training restaurant but spoilt delegates with their culinary skills throughout the entire conference.To continue buildinging capacity and capability for early stage career researchers and practitioners in VET research, NCVER organised a scholarship program to support conference attendance. We'd like to recognise our inaugural scholarship sponsors, VET Development Centre, TAFE Directors Australia, Skills Tasmania and the Department of Education and Training. We congratulate our 'No Frills' 2017 scholarship winners: