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The Australian Industry Group is an industry partner in a new national project aimed at enhancing university student employability through innovative industry and community engagement.

The project is funded by the Australian Technology Network (ATN) and includes RMIT University (lead), UTS, Curtin, QUT, Uni SA and ACCI.

The project will address the priorities of the National Work Integrated Learning Strategy to broaden industry and community engagement in work integrated learning, particularly with small to medium enterprises, by identifying and showcasing innovative approaches that overcome barriers to initiatives between employers and university students. It will also respond to labour market trends.

Resources will be disseminated through ATN universities and industry groups to increase links for employers and work integrated learning opportunities for students.

It is planned to establish:

  • an ATN ‘Innovative Work Integrated Learning Community of Practice’ to both source innovative models of learning and to share findings through webinars;
  • a matrix developed through a process of scanning existing effective and innovative models of work integrated learning particularly in SMEs and the community sector, that identifies success factors and key characteristics. These models include micro internships, online projects and placements, clustered work integrated learning, incubators and other innovative approaches to work integrated learning; and
  • Resources which will be developed based on success factors and characteristics to support innovative work integrated learning models for broader application for industry groups and ATN Universities including:
    • Guidelines for micro companies, start-ups and SMEs
    • Information and guidelines for students
    • A self-assessment guide for program leaders to encourage the development of innovative models with advice on risk assessment, 21st Century skills development and successful engagement with industry and community
    • Case studies of successful innovative models.

To get involved with the project, or to discuss your company’s connections with university students, contact Anne Younger, General Manager, Education and Training.

Phone: (03) 9867 0172