At the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 17 and 18 August, the VET National Teaching & Learning Conference 2023 is set to be the biggest in-person VDC conference yet. But just what are you signing up for?

Let’s delve a bit deeper into the program for VDC News readers – giving you a breakdown of what’s in store for this amazing 2-day conference. So, let’s take a look.

Day 1 promises to be an exciting affair – Craig Robertson, CEO, Victorian Skills Authority as representative of the Minister for Skills, will officially open the conference. There’s then slated to be an action-packed day. The first keynote presentation features Jacqui Cooper, 5-time Olympian & 5-time World Champion.

Following the first keynote presentation is a WorldSkills Australia Panel Discussion, featuring panellists from all over the world.

Then attendees can join one of 3 confirmed concurrent sessions, all outlined in the official program, which you can access here. Missed a session? No need to worry, they’ll be on again right afterwards, so you can take it all in at your own pace.

At the same time, there is a line-up of 6 Applied Research sessions that you can attend. Attendees might be a bit spoilt for choice, but that’s all the more reason to join in.

You can also choose to join a bespoke WorldSkills Australia Competition tour at either 11:00am or 1:00pm. (And if you miss either of those, there’s a third one on day 2.)

Following that, there’s the second coveted keynote, Dr Susan James Relly, Professor in Vocational Education, Head of the School of Education; University of Adelaide.

Closing off the day with a Networking Function, attendees can wind down and chat over Canapés & Drinks.

But the event doesn’t end there, as day 2 promises to be just as exciting.

After welcoming you back for day 2, Nasir Sobhani, The Streets Barber, Hairdresser for the homeless, will be the third keynote speaker. Followed closely by a Panel interview with the brilliant Chemène Sinson & WSA Student Ambassadors, readers might wonder what else we could possibly have in store for the morning of day 2. You’ll be able to catch yet another keynote presentation, this time by Aimee Stanton, The Lady Tradie, Plumber turned Tiny House Builder.

Leading up to lunch time, there is a set of 3 presentations for you to check out, or – as mentioned previously – join a WorldSkills Australia competition tour.

Dr Louise Mahler, Gravitas Expert & Keynote Speaker of the Year: Leadership body-language & voice is featuring after lunch, as the fifth, and final, keynote speaker of the event. We’re then joining Chemène Sinson once more for a Panel Discussion, where a host of equally brilliant individuals will be discussing ‘How do we move From Competence to Excellence’.

The 2023 VET National Teaching & Learning Conference is going to be an action-packed couple of days – we’re thrilled to welcome you as you reflect, learn and expand on your role as an educator and network with colleagues from across Australia. So, what are you waiting for? Tickets are limited, and they’re selling fast!

Register now.