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In this issue

1. President's report

2. Interested in hosting the 2016 ACEN Conference?

3. How valuable are unpaid internships? Radio National 'Drive'

4. 18th Annual NZACE Conference 'Integrating learning, work and community'

5. AVETRA 2015 - 8 – 10 April 2015

6. OLT projects

7. Curtin University students reach final 6 in The Big Idea


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Judie Kay1. President's Report

On behalf of the ACEN Board we wish all ACEN members and affiliates a safe and happy festive season and break over the summer period.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2015 to enhance WIL in Australia for students , employers and the tertiary education sector.

The ACEN Board will be meeting in Melbourne in early February to review our progress against our strategic plan and plan our key activities and initiatives  for 2015.  

More details will be provided  through the newsletter and state chapter activities.

In the meantime a reminder to continue to utilise the ACEN LinkedIn community to share ideas. With well over 700 ACEN members involved it provides a rich source of information and support for WIL in Australia and also New Zealand as our many of our  NZACE colleagues are also members.

Judie Kay

2. Interested in hosting the 2016 ACEN Conference?

Invitation to submit a proposal

Universities in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are invited to submit a proposal for the hosting of the 2016 conference.

The ACEN Board has recently reviewed the 2014 conference and also conducted a survey of members about the timing and format of the 2016 conference. As a result the attached criteria includes developments the Board wishes to incorporate into the 2016 conference.

The proposal must reach ACEN admin@acen.edu.au by Friday, January 30, 2015 and it will be considered at the Board meeting on February 2 and 3, 2015.


3. How valuable are unpaid internships?

Radio National 'Drive'

Broadcast on Thursday 20 November 2014 7:06PM

Do unpaid internships always lead to better career opportunities? Or do they put too much financial stress on young people and just favour the better-off? Also – are companies rorting the system for free labour?

Waleed Aly raised these questions and many more in a panel discussion with Andrew Stewart, the law professor who co-wrote a report on internships for the Fair Work Ombudsman, and Broede Carmody, a final-year journalism student who’s completed several internships.


NZACE-logo4. 18th Annual NZACE Conference 'Integrating learning, work and community'

Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand: Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th, April, 2015

Abstracts – due 15th December, 2014


AVETRA logo5. AVETRA 2015

8 – 10 April 2015

'Walking the Tightrope: the implication of markets for VET research, policy and practice'

The Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

More www.avetra.org.au/annual-conference or avetra2015@theassociationspecialists.com.au

6. OLT projects

Funding success 'Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology'

The ACEN endorsed project on 'Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology' was successful in receiving $224,000 from OLT (Office of Learning & Teaching). Charles Sturt is the lead university with A/Prof Franziska Trede leading the project team consisting of Prof Peter Goodyear and Dr Lina Markauskaite from University of Sydney, Susie Macfarlane from Deakin University  and Freny Tayebjee from UWS. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Volunteering to learn logo'Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities'

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) project 'Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities' will shortly reach the 18 month milestone in our 2 year journey! The project team has been working with data gathered from the literature review, desk audit and interviews to develop a picture of university student volunteering.

Drafts of the good practice guides and concept guides which are to be a major output of our project were discussed during an ACEN workshop was held at Curtin University, 6th November 2014. The Good Practice Guides will be refined using feedback from this and similar workshops, the reference group, and critical friends.

Workshops will be held in March and April of next year (2015) when we will be taking the Good Practice Guides on the road for final feedback and polishing. 'Coming soon to a city near you' will apply to major Australian cities where workshops will be held and representatives from host organisations, universities, and students will be invited to hear about our findings. Notification of these workshops will be via our contact list, so if you are interested in finding out more once dates and venues are confirmed, please contact our project manager Linda Butcher on l.butcher@murdoch.edu.au.
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7. Curtin University students reach final 6 in The Big Idea

A team of students from Curtin University were finalists in The Big Idea, an Australia-wide undergraduate student social enterprise competition.

The Big Idea, co-ordinated by Australia's leading social enterprise, The Big Issue, seeks to find new social enterprise ideas that could deliver benefits to society in a similar way to existing social enterprises such as The Big Issue Street magazine.

A total of 40 student teams from 9 universities develop a business plan for a new social enterprise during semester two. Following a rigorous series of elimination rounds, a final group of 6 teams presented their ideas to a judging panel of business and industry leaders including Andrew Penn, Telstra Chief Financial Officer, Simon McKeon, AMP Chair and 2011 Australian of the Year and Cheryl Kernot, Social Business Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact.

The team from Curtin University presented 'Moving Feast,' a food truck based in Perth that collects organic food not sold at markets, and employs disadvantaged people to work in the truck. The employment opportunity is supported by training in in food handling, preparation, and sales, and supervision by a qualified chef.

The winning idea, 'The Shelter Project', was developed by a team of engineering students from Central Queensland University, Jessica Kahl, Angus Hughes and Mattison Rose. 'The Shelter Project' was a unique temporary housing shelter for disaster victims, made by reusing industrial pallets. Disadvantaged Australians would be employed in the construction stages of the project.

Andy Penn, representing the Judges described The Shelter Project as 'a very ambitious initiative, but one that we feel could serve a great need in our community given its strength in design and quickness of constructions was also very encouraging of all entries, commenting 'what an impressive group of young people we have seen today. It certainly wasn't easy to pick a winner amongst such a high calibre group'.

The Big Issue Enterprise and Community Engagement National Manager, Jeremy Urquhart, said 'This year the students have really thought outside the square. We've been really impressed with the way they have developed unique ideas that deliver strong social outcomes for the disadvantaged in our community'.

The competition was launched in 2012 due to an increasing demand from universities to engage with The Big Issue and aimed to help students better understand the role of social enterprise in society.

Since The Big Issue's inception in Australia in 1996, more than nine million copies of The Big Issue magazine have been sold, generating over $19 million in income for sellers. The Big Issue has also expanded to include three other enterprises and programs to provide opportunities for people to earn an income and reconnect with the community.


2014 has been a wonderful year for the NSW/ACT ACEN community. We hosted a range of forums including an interactive and dynamic workshop focussing on the WIL Statement of Intent. We were fortunate to have the key signatories at this event and the commitment to implementing this important alliance continues. Thank you to the wonderful NSW/ACT committee for their commitment to innovating,  creating opportunities and sharing information.

In 2015 the NSW/ACT Chapter will be co-chaired by Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Sarah Fletcher. Thanks to those who have helped shape 2014, we look forward to an exciting 2015 as we continue to initiate, develop and grow mutually productive industry and community collaborations.