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NCVER Research Forum: widening participation through education and training

Monday, March 3 2014

Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training

Education and training can transform people’s lives, playing an important role in health and wellbeing and providing a valuable stepping stone towards community involvement and getting a job. NCVER has funded significant research in this area seeking to build understanding about the role of education and training in supporting all learners to achieve their potential and overcome complex disadvantage.

Findings from this research will be showcased at the NCVER's one-day national forum on Thursday 3 April in Melbourne (at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) and will include insights into the barriers to educational participation, completion and outcomes for disadvantaged learners.

Speakers at the forum will include:

  • Dr Jonathon Welch AM, social justice campaigner and founding Music Director of the Choir of Hard Knocks
  • Dr Peter Shergold, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, inaugural Chair of the Centre for Social Impact and Chair, NCVER Board.
  • Dr Robert Simons, Principal Research Fellow, ACER
  • Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University

Presentations will focus on:

  • young people, their aspirations, post-school transitions and happiness
  • disadvantaged youth and students with diverse learning needs
  • Indigenous students
  • skilled migrants
  • vocational education and training and labour market outcomes

Early bird registration $310 (payment made by 7 March 2014)
Standard registration $360 (payment made after 7 March 2014)

Register via the NCVER website.

For more information contact June Ingham at or on 08 8230 8491.


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