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Meet the first round of 2023 VET Practitioner Fellows

Updated: May 25, 2023

The VET Practitioner Fellowship offers talented workers in Vocational Education & Training the opportunity to travel abroad, research the latest innovation in areas of interest, and report back to the sector. In 2023, the Victorian Skills Authority became our sponsor, upping our Fellowship to 15 Fellows per year. Below you can meet the first five Fellows we have appointed. The next round of Fellowship applications are open from 1 June - 25 August.


Paul Gouldie (Swinburne University of Technology)


Fellowship overview

Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field that requires graduates, professionals and industry to stay current on the latest threats and technologies. Paul's Fellowship is to research and analyse how vocational educational providers can partner with industry and government to co-design an approach that combines the best technical, academic and human skills.



Tammy Casselson (Holmesglen Institute)


Fellowship overview

Tammy intends to travel to Canada to further study wellbeing & mindfulness interventions through active engagement in discussions and workshops at the IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association) Congress in Vancouver. This will be an opportunity for learning, sharing, and building connections with experts around the world as well as visiting Institutes implementing wellbeing programs.



Rahman Abarin (AMES Australia)

Fellowship overview

Rahman intends to investigate best practice pedagogies and technologies employed by some of the world’s leading hybrid education and EdTech solution providers in Europe, in implementing synchronous hybrid learning, also known as “Hybrid Concurrent”. The aim is to acquire as much knowledge as possible about best practice pedagogies, hybrid interactions, collaboration spaces, technologies, and hybrid classroom settings to come up with a hybrid concurrent model with contextualised principles suitable to deliver VET-accredited courses.


Tyler Payne (RMIT University)


Fellowship overview

Tyler's Fellowship research utilises creative practice research (CPR) to support and embed digital literacy for disadvantaged VET learners. This research has been inspired by my years teaching mature-aged students, predominantly women, digital art practices and technologies at RMIT University (as part of the College of Vocational Education.) The focus of Tyler's CPR relates to improving the equity, access, and potential workplace outcomes for disadvantaged mature-aged students.



Warren Guest (Holmesglen Institute)


Fellowship overview

Australia has a problem with low apprenticeship completion rates. In some traditional trades such as baking and cookery the completion rates are as low as 37% (NCVER, 2018). This Fellowship project will examine a solution to this problem. The research will examine international curriculum models that focus on developing a learner’s sense of vocational identity and of belonging to their trade.



The ISS Institute will provide updates on these Fellowships throughout 2023. Click here for information about the VET Practitioner Fellowship.


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