Wednesday 19 March 2014
The OLT Project Team, in partnership with ACEN WA, will host an interactive Webinar on March 19, 2014.
The webinar will include a guest speaker and opportunities for discussion on the challenges and benefits of inclusive WIL.
Please also mark your diary for a follow-up Symposium to be held in Brisbane on 16 April, hosted in collaboration with ACENQ.
ACEN signs Statement of Intent with industry groups and Universities Australia
A new agreement between Universities Australia and business groups will improve the work-readiness of university graduates, expand their job opportunities as well as enhance outcomes for employers. The agreement, formally announced during an address by Universities Australia Chair Professor Sandra Harding at the National Press Club in Canberra on February 26, comes as the Federal Government and G 20 Ministers commit to a new target for growing the global economy by an additional two per cent.
Signatories to the agreement are: Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, and the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd.
WIL statement of intent (PDF)
Media contacts : Judie Kay, ACEN President – Mob. 0416 174 831
Address to the National Press Club, February 26, 2014 by Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia
‘Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity’
Registrations now open
Register and pay for the 2014 ACEN Conference – October 1-3 on the Gold Coast.
Research Symposium – September 29
Pre-conference workshops – September 30.
Call for papers
Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to)
- building institutional capacity,
- leadership capacity,
- teaching and learning capacity for Work Integrated Learning programs,
- developing partnership or partner capacity for Work Integrated Learning opportunities and
- staff and student capacity building for Work Integrated Learning.
The survey closed on February 14 and thanks to the two hundred and eleven people who responded. The information is being analysed and will be considered by the Board face-to-face meeting on February 24 and 25 and also presented to the membership in future newsletters.
The Erasmus funded Work Based Learning as an Integrated Curriculum (WBLIC) project is coming to an end there are some outputs which may be of interest:
- An overview of work-based learning in Europe which highlights the need for a common framework to capture the essential characteristics of a range of forms of WBL to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation at the national and European levels
- A number of unique case studies from European partners in seven states describing the curriculum development cycle and reflecting WBLIC specific programmes across a range of disciplines, levels and duration
- An evidence informed Framework for Good Practice designed to articulate a set of indicative principles and practice guidelines to raise awareness of WBL and inform the development of WBLIC in Higher Education
Resources including ‘A Framework for Good Practice’
ACEN moves to a company limited by guarantee
ACEN is now a company limited by guarantee (a common structure for national not-for-profit organisations). Consequently there will be changes made to various aspects of the website as we update logos, titles and terminology. Otherwise it’s business as usual.
Fair Work Ombudsman – Invitation to comment
ACEN members played an active role in assisting the research undertaken for the report ‘Experience or Exploitation: The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia’.
Now the FWO seeks feedback on some draft fact sheet resources being prepared by them. The resources will provide more guidance to the sector in relation to issues relating to WIL and FWA.
ACEN awards five scholarships of $1,500 annually to support students undertaking WIL. In 2013 the focus was again on students who undertake WIL in a regional or remote area of Australia.
Pre-Place Preparation Program resource
Pre-Place is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary online program designed to provide workplace intelligence to tertiary students prior to an industry placement. The program, produced by Flinders University, covers university policy requirements and procedures such as work health and safety; problem solving skills and professional attitudes and skills.