Innovation in the context of the Workforce Training Innovation Fund, as described in the funding guidelines, is directed at challenging existing practices in skills development, training methods and product design. The planned outcomes of the funded projects will improve skill and employment outcomes for learners, and business growth and productivity for industry.
The case study projects are focused on designing and delivering improved training opportunities for priority industry sectors. They also pay attention to the adoption of course design and learning strategies that will engage new and existing workers in the development of skills that are closely aligned to industry needs. Active and sustainable partnerships and close collaboration with industry stakeholders are critical to the success of each project.
Also critical for the sector is the active communication of the outcomes and lessons learned from each project to promote further opportunities for training innovation across the state of Victoria.
TAFE is defined by its symbiotic relationship with industry and community. From a beginning in apprenticeships with the traditional trades, TAFE Institutes have responded to the changing definition of industry by building relationships with industry and employers across the wide range of employer requirements for learners across a similarly wide range of job outcomes and qualification levels.
Five TAFE providers showcased examples of their recent and successful engagement with industry at the VTA Conference 2018. The detail of each is provided in the following case studies -
- Holmesglen Institute and the Electrical Trades Union: Futuretech industry collaboration.
- RMIT University and Apple: digital skills for the 21st century
- Wodonga TAFE and the Australian Defence Force: Defence Medics Partnership
- SuniTAFE and Agromillora: Harvesting Productive Relationships
- Swinburne University, AiG and Siemens: Industry 4.0 - Higher Apprenticeship Partnership Project
Each case study addresses a different dimension of the ways in which TAFEs engage with government policy and initiatives and with industry partners to deliver real employment outcomes for their community.
An inclusive, productive economy fundamentally relies on constantly renewing the stock of contemporary skills across the workforce. Ongoing renewal entails a relentless focus on access to locally relevant training, innovative skills acquisition opportunities, and high quality vocational education closely attuned to current and emerging industry expectations.
These case studies demonstrate the focus of Victoria’s TAFE providers on those attributes of best practice training provision – access, innovation, quality and industry alignment.Loading...
These case studies demonstrate how Victoria’s TAFE institutes and dual sector universities deploy their expertise to respond to students’ aspirations, industry skill needs, community expectations and government policy goals.
The five case studies describe relevant, localised responses to the aims of the Victorian Government’s TAFE Back to Work Fund (BTW).
Aims of the TAFE Back to Work Fund
BTW combines social and economic objectives. The Fund has invested in innovative approaches to vocational skills development so that work ready job seekers are well matched to job opportunities. With particular attention to equity outcomes for disadvantaged job seekers, BTW recognises that the personal benefits of vocational training are best realised by developing skills that make direct contributions to improved productivity in contemporary workplaces.
The case studies are from
- Box Hill Institute
- Holmesglen and Chisholm Institute
- Federation Training
- Victoria Polytechnic
- Wodonga TAFE