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In this issue

1. From the President

2. Global Professional Development for WIL practitioners

4. Host the 2020 ACEN Conference?

5. Careers Adviser (Curriculum & ePortfolio) – UQ

6. WIL Snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference

7. WIL to Work: enhancing international student capacity through WIL

8. Regulation of WIL and Managing Risks (co-hosted by Monash and ACEN VicTas)

9. WIL and the Importance of Asia

10. NSW Labor to end 'exploitative' unpaid internships - SMH

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

As 2018 draws to a close and I take on the role of President of ACEN, it is opportune to reflect on the growing impact of ACEN nationally under the leadership of Judie Kay. Judie's energy, passion and persistence are the drivers that have established ACEN as a strategic and influential organisation. She has nurtured networks and contacts pivotal to establishing a high profile for ACEN. Judie's strong and decisive leadership style has inspired a cohesive, collaborative and enthusiastic Executive Board with the capacity to influence decision-making at a national level. I am sure the ACEN community will join me in recognising Judie's contribution to the WIL agenda and establishing ACEN as a reputable organisation. While I recognise that I have big shoes to fill I, along with the ACEN Board, will continue to work with Judie in her role as a Director on the ACEN Board and draw on her many strengths to maintain the momentum of ACEN activities. I am excited about my role as President of ACEN and look forward to working with the ACEN community in 2019.

The Global Professional Development for WIL practitioners modules are advertised in this newsletter. In 2019, a new module titled Dimensions of Quality for WIL will be offered. This module explores the concept of quality in a WIL context. Participants will consider quality from the perspective of all stakeholders. The expected outcomes and benefits for each of the stakeholders will be discussed and important dimensions integral to quality WIL identified. Participants will reflect on their own practice and determine changes they might make to improve the quality of their WIL programs. Numbers are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible.    

The ACEN Board will meet in South Australia in February to identify priorities for 2019 and plan activities that address the needs of the ACEN community. Responses to the survey recently completed by ACEN members across Australia will inform strategic priorities and the focus of ACEN for 2019. Exciting activities to look out for in 2019 include a program of ACEN webinars, Student Scholarships, Research Grants, development of a guide for industry partners, and opportunities to contribute to scholarly publications on WIL.

I wish you all the best for the festive season and a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to working with you all in 2019.

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President

2. Global Professional Development for WIL practitioners

Global WILOnline study with international colleagues

Three modules being offered early in 2019

Expressions of interest close on 18th February, 2019.

3. ACEN Industry Guide 

As part of ACEN's commitment to the National WIL Strategy, the ACEN Board has decided to develop a brief guide for industry partners engaging in WIL in 2019. The guide would provide an overview for industry and community partners of the major considerations when engaging in WIL and link to existing resources and information. The aim is to provide additional support to organisations engaging in WIL to enhance the experience for all stakeholders and to support others to consider becoming involved. The Industry guide would then be available to be used or adapted by universities for use with their WIL industry partners. At this stage we are seeking your input into the development of the guide. Please send us any resources you currently use or ideas you have for content that should be included to Judie Kay judie.kay@rmit.edu.au or Franziska Trede Franziska.Trede@uts.edu.au

4. Host the 2020 ACEN Conference?

ACEN 2020 conferenceACEN will be holding a conference in 2020 and universities in the eastern states are invited to submit a proposal for the hosting of the event.

The proposal must reach ACEN admin@acen.edu.au by Friday, March 29, 2019.

In the proposal a university wishing to host the 2020 ACEN conference needs to:

and address a list of items in the response.

5. Careers Adviser (Curriculum & ePortfolio) – UQ

Universityof QueensalndThis is a full-time, continuing or fixed term appointment at HEW Level 7 at St Lucia

This position supports and delivers Career Development Learning (CDL) activities and resources to enhance the employability of UQ's students.  As a Curriculum and ePortfolio Specialist, this role will work in partnership with academics, the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), and the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Coordinator to identify and develop CDL opportunities within the curriculum. The Adviser plays a key role in raising awareness of, and supporting students' use of, ePortfolio as part of employability enhancement at UQ.

Closes January 7, 2019

6. WIL Snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference

Monday 4 February, 2019

ACEN WIL snapshotsThis one day event will showcase the latest research and practice in WIL, providing NSW/ACT members who may have missed recent conferences (such as ACEN), a second chance at hearing about the exciting work that is being done.

If you have recently presented on work-integrated learning (WIL) at a conference or symposium, you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to present again at the ‘WIL snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference’.

Expressions of Interest are due by COB 19th December. The event will be held on Monday 4 February, 2019 at the University of Sydney CBD Campus.

For further information please contact bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au or a.rowe@unsw.edu.au

7. WIL to Work: enhancing international student capacity through WIL

WIL to Work: enhancing international student capacity through WILWIL to Work is a collaborative project supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training.

A consortia drawn from 5 partnering Universities (RMIT University, Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, University of South Australia and University of Technology Sydney) are collaborating to develop online modules and resources which will specifically cater to the needs of international students, preparing them for WIL and building their capability in order to optimise their employability outcomes from their experiences.

The project proposes to respond directly to the experiences of international students in accessing and benefiting from WIL, as well as supporting industry and community partners to gain maximum benefit from engaging with international students.

Please contact Natalie Colton, Senior Project Coordinator (natalie.colton@rmit.edu.au) if you have any resources to share and/or would like more information about the project.

8. Regulation of WIL and Managing Risks (co-hosted by Monash and ACEN VicTas)

Regulation of WIL and Managing RisksMonash University and ACEN VicTas co-hosted Prof Andrew Stewart, The University of Adelaide Law School and Dr Craig Cameron, Griffith University who shared an informative and thought provoking workshop on the 'Regulation of WIL and Managing Risks'.

It was great to have attendees from many Victorian Universities engage in discussions around this important topic.

9. WIL and the Importance of Asia

Over the last year the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) and Curtin Executive Education (CEE) have developed a relationship with SOHO Global Health, the third largest pharmaceutical company in Indonesia. In December this was finally captured in an initial arrangement to provide internship opportunities for Business students in Jakarta with prospects for working in human resource management, marketing, supply chain and manufacturing. SOHO Global Health produces natural and ethical pharmaceuticals, extracting the medicinal qualities from natural flora and fauna.

The partnership exposes students to international business and provides SOHO with a pipeline of talented interns which could lead to a permanent position. This collaboration is one of a number being pursued by CGSB and CEE to offer students exposure to international workplaces. This collaboration is expected to be the beginning of a long term relationship between Curtin and SOHO in a variety of business related areas that will contribute meaningfully to Curtin's globalization strategy and to SOHO's desire to recruit the most talented young business people available in Australia.

Signing SOH agreement

Professor Nigel de Bussy, Pro Vice Chancellor Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University and Yuliana Tjhai, Senior Executive Vice President SOHO Global Health

10. NSW Labor to end 'exploitative' unpaid internships - SMH

The NSW Labor opposition will ban 'exploitative' unpaid internships if it wins government next year, as it looks to sharpen its appeal to young workers before the state election. Under a Labor government, businesses would be required to pay interns when they are hired for roles longer than two weeks that are not connected to a course of study. Labor Leader Michael Daley said the policy aimed to close a legal loophole exploited by some employers to fill entry-level jobs using free labour, while preserving 'legitimate' internship programs.