The Centre explores new ideas to improve Australia’s education and training ecosystem in line with contemporary and emerging skill needs. We incubate new concepts through project activity, often partnering with other bodies.

Current projects:

Completed projects:

Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeship Project

Industry 4.0 is about the next stage in manufacturing driven by the impact of digitalisation and emerging technologies on Australia’s ability to compete and participate in global value chains. This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training under the Apprenticeships Training – Alternative Delivery Pilots Program. It sought to address these challenges through the development and introduction of a new Diploma and Associate Degree of Applied Technologies, developed by Swinburne University of Technology, and delivered in technology-rich companies including Siemens Ltd through an apprenticeship mode. The project was completed at the end of 2019

NSW Apprenticeship Compact Projects Stream 1 & 2

Ai Group undertook two projects within its Apprenticeship Compact with the NSW Department of Industry. The projects aimed to assist companies and their apprentices with language, literacy and numeracy needs, and to assist school/industry liaison for the recruitment of apprentices. The projects were completed at the end of 2019.

Workforce Readiness Partnership Pods

Using a seed grant from the Victorian Department of Education and Training the project investigated the feasibility of a model for Workforce Readiness Partnerships Pods that would result in improved work readiness in VET graduates and therefore increased productivity in industry. The project scoped a model that: identifies and implements innovative industry-student activities across industry sectors that are attractive to companies, particularly SMEs; and established a central space for industry and TAFE provider representatives to interact on student-work activities which incorporated companies' enterprise skill needs. It provided an opportunity to increase the volume of companies and students involved, and led to collaboration on broader initiatives between industry and TAFE. The project completed at the end of 2018.

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA)

During 2018 and 2019, the Workforce Development team was contracted to deliver services to apprentices in the manufacturing industry under an Australian Government Program, Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA). Our apprentice mentors worked across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. The service provided intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training in industries that are undergoing structural change. It assisted in meeting the long-held concerns of Ai Group and others regarding the enduringly low completion rates of apprentices. This issue along with ongoing low commencement rates continues to be a major problem at a time when industry has reported shortages in trades and technician workers and is re-focusing its workforce to meet the challenges arising through digitalisation.

Strengthening School - Industry STEM Skills Partnerships

This project mapped current school - industry STEM skills programs nationally and conducted pilot programs designed to raise the participation of schools and industry in the provision of STEM skills.

Building Employer Commitment to Workplace Literacy Programs

This Australian Government funded project aimed to determine the return on investment for employers participating in the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program.

Digital and ICT Traineeships in Victoria

Ai Group has received funding from the Victorian Government to generate interest in traineeships in the ICT sector. This is a sector that generally employs university graduates, although many of the occupations do not require that level of qualification.  

Ai Group will work with a training provider to develop and conduct a preparatory program for prospective trainees, and then help place successful completers in Certificate IV traineeship programs. A mentor will support the trainees throughout the process, and there will be professional development support for their supervisors as well. 

Skilling South Australia Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeships

Following on from the success of the higher apprenticeships program piloted in Victoria, Ai Group is working with training providers to establish the program in South Australia. We are promoting the program to prospective employers and assisting them in finding suitable candidates. 

PaTH Business Placements Partnerships Panel Member

Ai Group was a panel member for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s PaTH Business Placements Partnerships Program, along with 11 other industry associations.

As a panel member, Ai Group worked with industry and employers to co-design industry workforce solutions. These solutions met skill needs by moving unemployed young people into employment in identified industries.

The initiatives incorporated existing government funded employment programs involving employer-tailored preparatory training, work experience and incentives for then hiring the young people.

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