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• February 2013 Newsletter •

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In this issue

1. ACEN Jumps into 2013

2. Fair Work Ombudsman’s Report

3. ACEN Executive changes

4. 2013 Student scholarships

5. Becoming who you want to be

6. International Student Business Internship

7. Evidence of WIL outcomes • NSW

8. SA/NT events

9. Coming events WA

10. 2013 NZACE Annual Conference

11. WACE Conference 'WIL-Power: Fueling the Future Workforce'

12. You can contribute too

13. Contact us

A1. ACEN Jumps into 2013

Group pic of ACEN Executive at the 2013 F2F meetingACEN has really made a flying start to 2013 with a great deal of activity. The National Executive recently met for the day at the University of Western Sydney. At this meeting the executive made significant progress on a range of national and state based activities including drafting a strategic framework for 2013 – 2016, developing and confirming the 2013 budget, endorsing several national Office of Learning and Teaching funding proposals, progressing the ACEN governance project to move to a company limited by guarantee and planning for the 2014 conference on the Gold Coast. Details of these initiatives will follow in the next few months. Executive members were also pleased to be invited to participate and contribute to the University of Western Sydney’s Inaugural WIL Symposium attended by over attended by over 120 UWS staff.

As you are probably aware the long awaited report 'The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia: Experience or Exploitation' by the Fair Work Ombudsman has been released. As you may recollect ACEN assisted the researchers in gathering their data and we are delighted that Professors Stewart and Owens have agreed to outline their findings and recommendations at a session for Vic / Tas ACEN on 1st March at RMIT. In order to ensure as many members as possible have access to this session we are videoconferencing with over 12 universities on the day and also video recording the session which will be available soon afterwards on the website.

In other news the world association, WACE, has extended membership of the WACE Board of Directors to include representatives of national associations. This is an important change that ACEN has advocated for over several years and will enable the national voice to be heard at an international level. I have been appointed to represent ACEN on the WACE Board of Directors.

At the National Executive meeting we welcomed the newly elected members, Associate Prof Ruth Wallace from Charles Darwin University, Michael Whelan from Southern Cross University, Gail Quirk from Latrobe University and Ceri Macleod from Flinders University. We also welcomed Matthew Campbell who has come back onto the National Executive as Secretary to replace David Jorgensen. David resigned from the National Executive in December when he left Central Queensland University. David was a foundation member of the National Executive and has been very active in the role of secretary ensuring ACEN discharges all our regulatory responsibilities. David has extensive experience and expertise in WIL and a wide network of colleagues both nationally and internationally. David will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Judie Kay

National Director

2. Fair Work Ombudsman’s Report

FWO ReportReleased February 2013

The Report is titled ‘The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia: Experience or Exploitation’.

ACEN has actively supported this research and thanks to the many ACEN members who contributed by completing the survey distributed through ACEN. The ACEN National Executive will consider the report would welcome your comments.

Key report findings

The report found that a growing number of businesses are using unpaid work schemes as an alternative to hiring paid staff.

The research acknowledges the importance and legitimacy of unpaid work within formal vocational placements. It also found that:

  • employers want clarification about the legitimacy and legality of unpaid work
  • young people and migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to being exploited
  • unpaid work is most common in competitive industries with an oversupply of qualified graduates.

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3. ACEN Executive changes

National Secretary David Jorgensen resigned in late December 2012. Under Section 21 of the constitution, the National Executive moved to fill the casual vacancy and appointed Matthew Campbell (Griffith University) as National Secretary. Matthew has previously served on the National Executive as Treasurer.

4. 2013 Student scholarships

ACEN will again be offering 5 scholarships to students to the value of $1,500 each.

Broadly, the scholarships are available to student at financial institutions for WIL

  1. Undertaken in 2013
  2. In rural and remote locations which requires them to relocate
  3. Fulltime
  4. Within Australia

More detail will be in early March via a specific email to staff of financial member institutions.

5. Becoming who you want to be

The latest issue of Lifewide Magazine examines the idea of 'becoming who you want or need to be'. The feature article is written by Distinguished Professor Marcia Baxter Magolda. Free download

Lifewide Education is an inclusive community-based social enterprise whose purpose is to encourage and support the practice of lifewide learning, education and personal development.

6. International Student Business Internship

The Victorian Government has announced the establishment of the Victorian International Student Business Internship Program in partnership with Victorian businesses, public sector entities and universities. This will offer up to 150 international student internships each year across the private and public sectors for students who completed their studies and are eligible for post-study work visas.

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An implementation strategy is currently in development.

Contact Diana Crvenkovic, Acting Manager, International Education

7. Evidence of WIL outcomes • NSW

The NSW/ACT Chapter of ACEN is holding a forum on “How do we find evidence for the outcomes of WIL?” on Thursday 9 May at The University of Sydney. Please mark the date in your diary. Registrations will open shortly.

If this topic is of great interest to you and you would like to present, or conduct a workshop or even if you would like to suggest a couple of speakers who have expertise on this area, please contact Theresa Winchester-Seeto (theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au) or Wayne Fallon (w.fallon@uws.edu.au) by 5 March 2013. They would love to hear from you.

8. SA/NT events

Thank you to those of you that completed the recent survey on SA/NT member requirements for events to be held in 2013. I received some really useful feedback which I will incorporate into future events. Accordingly, the next SA/NT event will be held in late April, with a focus on collaboration between institutions, and identifying and developing potential research opportunities. Also under development is a mid-year networking event with a focus on engaging with industry. Both of these events will be held in Adelaide, with a further Darwin-based event being planned for October. Dates, locations and registration details will be advertised as soon as they are confirmed.

Ceri Macleod

ACEN SA/NT Chair

9. Coming events WA

The Western Australian branch of ACEN recently held the first meeting for 2013. Several representatives from WA universities were present. All WA ACEN members spent the first part of the meeting reminiscing on the fabulous ACEN conference held in Geelong in November 2012. All attendees agreed that the conference was beneficial from a professional perspective while also being a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a fine wine and collegial conversation. All agreed that the dancing at the conference dinner was the highlight despite the weary legs the next day.

The following events are planned for ACEN WA in 2013:

1. Wednesday 17th May: Work-integrated learning: Building research capacity

2. September (date to be confirmed): Symposium on Impact of WIL

Events for 2014 were also discussed at the meeting. All members in attendance agreed that ACEN WA will host a large event in 2014 which involves industry representatives. The focus of the event will be on embedding WIL in curriculum and partnerships with industry to enhance the student experience. The challenges of managing intellectual property for students on work placement were also deemed to be of critical importance. Legal representation will be invited to this event to ensure an informed and inclusive outcome.

Curtin University is looking forward to hosting Dr Karsten Zegwaard during his sabbatical in April and May 2013. Karsten is from The University of Waikato in Auckland and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE). He is also an active member of both NZACE and ACEN. Undoubtedly, ACEN WA will benefit from Karsten’s considerable expertise and excellent company.

Sonia Ferns

ACEN WA Chair

10. 2013 NZACE Annual Conference

'Strategic Directions in Co-op'

21-23 April, 2013

AUT University, Manukau Campus, Auckland, New Zealand

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11. WACE Conference 'WIL-Power: Fueling the Future Workforce'

WACE 2013 conference bannerJune 2013 - Durban, South Africa

Call for papers

There is a 'Rolling Review & Acceptance' for all submitted abstracts, with a submission deadline of March 1, 2013 for Refereed Paper Abstracts.

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