NZ VET Research Forum 2020

Ako Aotearoa and The Skills Group are thrilled to announce the 2020 New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum (NZVETRF).


12 November 2020


The Forum will be delivered fully online, including international keynotes, and a curated programme of breakout sessions. The forum will include interest-based hangouts and expert breakout sessions alongside its main programme, and host in-person networking functions in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, on Friday, 13 November, associated with the Forum.


Registration will be available from this page soon.

Call for abstracts

Over the last fifteen years, NZVETRF has provided a key platform for stakeholders across New Zealand’s VET system to talk about critical issues, share research, present evidence and inform policy makers. It’s a genuine multi-sector opportunity for discussing ‘what works’ in vocational education, wherever and however it is offered.

Preference will be given to presentations that demonstrate how research evidence has informed practice in vocational education and training. 

In 2020, we are particularly interested in research and practices into:

  • approaches to cross-sector collaboration
  • digital skilling and e-learning (including responses to the COVID-19 crisis)
  • advances in degree- or graduate-level apprenticeships
  • inclusive workplaces
  • learner voice and agency
  • innovations meeting the needs of Māori and Pasifika learners in vocational education and training.

Submissions close on 14 August. 

Find out more about what is required and submit your abstract for consideration »

Event details

The NZVETRF is a key opportunity to bring together New Zealand’s VET community to share its work, its knowledge, and its commitment to education and training in New Zealand.

The new partnership with Skills Group further extends the reach of the forum to an international network, to learn from and contribute to global developments in VET to support the COVID-19 recovery efforts. We anticipate this forum will also mark the formal launch of a brand-new cross-sector and globally-connected network for workplace-based learning and apprenticeships in New Zealand.

Vocational Education and Training will be a critical component of the response to the employment, economic, and social shocks caused by COVID-19. And with New Zealand’s vocational education sector in the early stages of major reform, now more than ever is a time to come together to share evidence and capability of how vocational education and training can support skills, productivity, and wider wellbeing.

We believe this will be the only national level conference dedicated to vocational education this year, and as such is not to be missed.