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1 National Developments and Research in Work Integrated Learning University of Newcastle October 2014 Judie Kay President, ACEN

2 Statement of Intent: WIL : Strengthening University and Business Partnerships Signed on 26th February 2014 by : – Business council of Australia ( BCA ) – Australian Industry Group ( AIG ) – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) – Universities Australia ( UA ) – Australian Collaborative Education Network ( ACEN)

3 Statement of Intent : Overview Recognises and profiles the growth and role of WIL Acknowledges the value for all stakeholders Acknowledges WIL as including both projects and placements Identifies gaps in : – Extent to which WIL is occurring nationally – Seeks to identify barriers to expansion Seen as providing the basis for greater collaboration between industry and universities impacting on national innovation

4 Statement of Intent : Aims Improving the work readiness of university graduates Enabling employers to better utilise the skills and productive capability of their work force Fostering an environment in which entrepreneurships and innovation can thrive Strengthening the critical partnerships that drive our national competiveness

5 Statement of Intent Cont: Areas of collaboration identified : Establish a baseline Identify existing areas of resources and expertise Identify, promote and disseminate good practice Facilitate university / industry partnerships Increase the scale, breadth and quality of WIL Advocate for research and scholarship :an evidence base Identify and address impediments Better inform students of the benefit of WIL

6 Issues Increase understanding of benefits of WIL by students Increase understanding of benefits of WIL by businesses and community Clarify workplace regulatory and legislative issues (eg FWA etc ) Build capacity and capability in host organisations Increase WIL opportunities for international students More engagement with SME’s for WIL Greater collaboration between universities Increased support for students to be involved with WIL Streamline systems, structures and processes in universities for WIL

7 Overview of Research Projects Work Integrated learning in STEM ( University and Employers ) : Office of Chief Scientist Benefits Barriers and Enablers to employers providing WIL opportunities for University Students : Department of Industry ( previously AWPA ) Phillips KPA Current Office of Learning and Teaching Grants Leading WIL: A distributed approach to Work Integrated Learning Assessing the impact of work integrated learning ( WIL ) On Student Work Readiness Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work Integrated learning Quality in Australian outbound student mobility programs: establishing good practice guidelines for international work-integrated learning. Improving work placement for international students, their mentors and stakeholders. Supporting graduate employability from generalist disciplines Developing graduate employability through partnerships with industry and professional associations How universities can best support students to develop generic skills

8 Assessing the impact of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on student work-readiness OLT Funded Project Curtin, Griffith, RMIT and 10 other universities Five studies: students, alumni and employers across all disciplines Evidence confirms: – work integrated learning enhances student work -readiness – impact of placement WIL exceeds simulations/project-based WIL – the higher the quality of the placement, the great the impact on work- readiness – simulation also makes a contribution to development of employability capabilities – employers believe WIL enhances work readiness with supervisors who give feedback on students learning more so. – preparation and supervision (both academic and host) is important and impacts the students’ experience – collaboration between universities and employers is pivotal to enhance the quality and impact of WIL.

9 Curriculum Dimensions of Quality WIL Authenticity of the WIL activity – autonomy, responsibility, consequentiality Preparation and induction processes for students and partners Quality of supervision, monitoring of progress and learning Integration of theory and practice – integrated learning Alignment of WIL activity and assessments to WIL-appropriate learning outcomes De-briefing session that enables reflection on the experience and the learning

10 WIL Leadership Framework

11 Key findings : WIL Leadership is distributed across diverse roles / settings Capabilities required are similar across institutions, disciplines and industry Challenges faced by WIL leaders are similar across institutions, disciplines and industry Industry and partner organisations seek enhanced collaboration and support from tertiary institutions

12 Questions ? Contact Judie Kay RMIT University


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