A New Social Settlement in Vocational Education

Professor Leesa Wheelahan and Professor Shelley Mallett profile photos

Lecture Theatre Q320, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

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The Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy (CVEP) and the John Cain Foundation present an important seminar on reform of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. Professor Leesa Wheelahan and Professor Shelley Mallett will present their ideas for radical changes in governance, institutional arrangements, funding and in the core educational philosophy underpinning the sector. VET is largely failing to equip young people for meaningful work and in its stated objective of supporting lifelong learning. A fundamental change in approach is needed.


Professor Leesa Wheelahan is William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between VET and higher education, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.

Professor Shelley Mallett is an anthropologist with particular expertise in homelessness and housing research. Her diverse career has spanned service delivery, research and teaching at Australian National University and La Trobe University. She has also had senior management roles at Melbourne City Mission and Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing). Shelley currently combines the role of Professorial Fellow of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne with the position of General Manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.


Bookings are essential for this seminar.
Cost: $20 / Students $10


Professor Leesa Wheelahan's presentation (PDF 1.8 MB)

Professor Shelley Mallett's presentation (PDF 3.1 MB)