Focus areas
Inclusive education; youth re-engagement in education; vocational training policy/practice and reform

Research Fellow

Dr George Myconos joined the Brotherhood of St. Laurence in 2009. He investigates alternative education programs assisting disengaged young people to renew education and training. His research explores the experiences of young early school leavers in the VET sector (with both public and for-profit providers). 

He has also undertaken research into community attitudes to education in regional Victoria, and into the causes and likely responses to school absenteeism in Melbourne’s outer metropolitan areas. He is actively involved in shaping the BSL’s advocacy efforts for reform to Australia’s VET system.

Selected presentations

Perspectives on chronic school absenteeism. Delivered at the Professional Development Forum for Youth Workers in the Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia region, 2 November 2017

Improving engagement with young students in VET. Delivered (with Kira Clarke, University of Melbourne) to staff of the Chisholm and Holmesglen institutes, Holmesglen Institute, 26 October 2017

How can private RTOs support young learners who have left school early? NCVER Webinar (recorded), NCVER, 27 October 27 2016

Factors enabling engagement in VET for young early school leavers: interim findings, NCVER No-Frills Conference, Rockhampton, 5–7 July 2016.

Selected BSL publications

Myconos, G, 2016, Supporting transitions to employment for young job seekers: a resource for program development in south-east Melbourne by Chisholm and Holmesglen TAFEs

Myconos, G 2014, Lessons from a flexible learning program: the Brotherhood of St. Laurence Community VCAL education program for young people 2010–2013

Selected external publications

Myconos, G, Dommers, E, Clarke, K 2018, Viewed from the margins: navigating disadvantage and VET, in Vocational education for the 21st century: a series of policy discussion papers, LH Martin Institute, the University of Melbourne, August 2018.

Myconos, G, 2018, ‘Identifying the defining features of flexible learning options’, in McGinty, S, Wilson, K, Thomas, J & Lewthwaite, B (eds), Gauging the value of education for disenfranchised youth: flexible learning options, Brill/Sense, Leident/Boston.

Myconos, G & Swain, L 2017, Perspectives on school absenteeism: causes and solutions, prepared for the Southern Melbourne Children, Youth Area Partnership.

Dommers, E, Myconos, G, Swain, L, Yung, S & Clarke K 2017, Engaging young early school leavers in vocational training, NCVER, Adelaide.

Myconos, G & McKenna, A 2016, Community attitudes to education in the Colac Otway Shire, Brotherhood of St Laurence for the Colac Otway Shire and Beyond the Bell Colac Otway Local Action Group.

Myconos, G, Thomas, J, Wilson, K, te Riele, K & Swain, L 2016, 'Educational re-engagement as social inclusion: the role of flexible learning options in Australia', Forum (Special Issue – Freedom to Learn).

Myconos, G, Clarke, K V & te Riele, K 2016, Shedding Light: Private ‘for profit’ training providers and young early school leavers, NCVER, Adelaide.