In this issue
National WIL consultation
WIL and the New Colombo Plan
6. STEM and WIL
National WIL consultation
We are entering a really busy period. I have been invited to a consultation at Parliament House Canberra next week representing ACEN for the next stage of the development of the Federal Government's International Education Strategy.
ACEN's submission can be found here. I would be keen to hear from members of any other issues around employability or WIL that should be raised during the meetings. Please email me your ideas Judie.firstname.lastname@example.org
WIL and the New Colombo Plan
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the launch of the Business Engagement Strategy of the New Colombo Plan.
Last Friday I was invited to the launch by Minister Bishop of the Business Engagement Strategy of the New Colombo Plan. This includes the appointment of a number of high profile industry champions to promote the program and a portal for business to post off shore opportunities for Australian Colombo Plan students. Students at that launch outlined some really fabulous placements they had undertaken in various countries across the Asia Pacific. This reinforced again for me why progressing the National WIL Strategy is so critical. The strategy includes some similar strategies to the New Colombo plan and many more but importantly focused on growing the WIL opportunities in Australia for all students right across the country. A meeting with the key organisations involved in the National WIL Strategy, which now includes the Department of Education and Training, is being held in the next weeks to develop the next stage of the action plan. Once this phase is complete the Board will report back thought this newsletter.
Finally can I encourage you to consider getting involved in ACEN though the State Chapters. You will find the experience worthwhile on a range of fronts including developing professionally and building national networks as well as supporting WIL in Australia. Information about elections is in this newsletter .
In response to the National WIL Strategy, ACEN is funding a project to develop Agreement Templates which incorporate the key elements of a legal contract to ensure the safety and well-being of students while on a WIL placement and clarify the role of the host organization and university. The project entails researching, collating and creating agreement templates for Work Integrated Learning. ACEN is seeking support from the ACEN Community in collecting samples of agreements currently used to formalize partnerships with industry and community.
Please forward examples of agreement templates to ACEN at email@example.com. Your support will be acknowledged.
ACEN Chapters are scheduled to hold elections in a few weeks time. You are entitled to nominate for a position and vote if you, or your organisation, is a financial member of ACEN.
Elections will be held for Chapter Chair, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Treasurer and Chapter representative on ACEN Board and up to 6 general chapter members.
Shortly we will be calling for nominations for each chapter position.
The election may be held as part of another event or by a single purpose meeting or by teleconference.
The proposed chapter election dates are
Queensland - September 30
NSW/ACT - September 28
Vic/Tas - September 10 (9:30-10:00) followed by a workshop (10:00-12 noon)
SA/NT - September 16 by teleconference
WA - September 16
More information will be sent direct to members in each chapter.
September 28-30, 2016 Macquarie University
'WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries' has been announced as the 2016 Conference theme, encompassing the many nuances of WIL and encouraging thinking about current and future issues.
Be sure to plan your involvement in the Research Symposium (University of Western Sydney) and concurrent pre-conference workshops.
Get a snapshot of details and register your interest in the conference.
Sharpen your pencils and oil your typewriter
The call for papers will open in mid-October, 2015.
'Watch this space' as Galileo said.
Presentations and audio from the recent NSW/ACT Forum 'Contemporary Challenges in WIL' are now available on the ACEN website for viewing. These can be downloaded from the ACEN website 'Events' tab under the heading 'Past forums'. Presentations/audio include: 'Welcome & Experiential Learning at the University of Sydney', Prof Pip Pattison; 'Building Capacity for Inclusive WIL in Higher Education', Matthew Campbell & Jacqueline Mackaway; 'Managing Risk and Third Party Providers' Alana Christoff & Wayne Fallon. The audio recordings accompany the presentations and workshop slides which you may find of interest even if you did not attend the forum.
The National WIL Strategy is referenced in the Federal Government's June 2015 consultation paper Vision For a Science Nation: Responding to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Australia's Future (released by the Chief Scientist in September 2014)
It was called the court case that could end unpaid internships. Its initial ruling was hailed as a major win for unpaid interns, one that could concretely establish the illegality of many uncompensated internships.
27-28 November 2015
The conference aims to showcase student service-learning projects and will focus on how these experiences have impacted on the students' personal development and perhaps the lives of others. You will also find out about the latest research and logistics of organising service-learning programs.
Combined with opportunities to network with fellow educators and share your experiences, we can work together to build school cultures of service learning.
Special guests 'How Ridiculous' on overcoming child poverty.
Register now: nd.edu.au/slc2015
Health and Life Pty Ltd
University of Waikato
On 23rd June ACEN SA/NT hosted an Innovation in Work Integrated Learning Think Tank.
The event, attended by academic and professional staff from four HE institutions across South Australia provided an opportunity for participants to identify opportunities for innovative approaches to WIL, with a focus on graduate employability.
David Dahm, Health and Life Pty Ltd and Karsten Zegwaard, University of Waikato presented their perspectives on this topic, to inform and challenge our opinions on how to identify practical strategies to develop new, and review existing partnerships to support students in graduating with a more informed sense of their professional identity.
Both David and Karsten's presentations, and a summary of group discussions are available.
The Think Tank represented a first step in a bigger conversation around how best to engage with industry in this space. We look forward to hosting more events to take these conversations further.
The Service Learning Summit has been postponed from September 2015 to March/April 2016. Barbara Holland and Andy Furco will be still attending, and the Summit will still be held on the Gold Coast. More details coming soon.
Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th October, Sydney