There has been sector-wide recognition of the increased need for a streamlined, quality-assured process for engagement with third party providers (TPP) to minimise duplication of effort and maximise outcomes for students.
The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) has worked in collaboration with The University of Queensland (UQ) to produce best-practice guidance on the development of collaborative relationship with TPPs.
The guide builds on best-practice, including the IEAA Guide to Working with TPPs, provides an introduction to engaging with TPPs, and provides suggested resources that individual universities and stakeholders can adapt to their specific requirements.
This is a living document and we invite feedback about content and applicability. Suggestions for additions and amendments should be sent to email@example.com
Third party provider document
By Merrelyn Bates (Griffith University)
12 February 2010
The purpose of this document is to report the findings of a survey directed to WIL staff (both academic and general) across the Griffith University sector. It follows an initial study – Workintegrated Learning: Academic Workload and Recognition – published in 2007 (Bates & The Engaging Students in the Workplace (ESiWP) Working Party, 2007), which had been initiated by Professor John Dewar in his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The goal of this investigation was to present a scholarly and detailed evidence-based analysis of the WIL workload issues identified by academic and general staff. This paper is not addressing issues of ‘good practice’ but is an analysis of the duties that are associated with WIL courses offered across the University. The final report and its recommendations have been provided to Professor Sue Spence (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for her consideration.
UK Code of Practice
The FWO presentation by Professors Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens of Adelaide University referred to a 2011 UK document UK-Best-Practice-Code-for-High-Quality-Internships
This common best practice code has been developed in response to the Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions. It describes the core elements required in order to obtain maximum benefit from internships for both interns and employers.
This common best practice code draws on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) 2009 publication Internships that Work: a Guide for Employers. The Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum would like to express its appreciation to the CIPD for the use of this content in the creation of this document. The guide can be viewed at www.cipd.co.uk/publicpolicy/_internships-thatwork.htm
‘The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia. Experience or Exploitation’
A report commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman into the nature, prevalence and regulation of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia.
Research completed in January 2013 by Adelaide Law School Professors, Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens.
Released February 2013
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.
Report recommendations and responses
The report makes 6 recommendations that we will work to implement.
- Better define unpaid work experience.
- Expand guidance and education activities.
- Conduct targeted campaigns in key industries.
- Instigate legal action before relevant courts where appropriate.
- Improve liaison with relevant government agencies.
- Initiate comprehensive engagement with key stakeholders representing employers and employees, with an emphasis on vulnerable workers (young people and migrant workers).
Video of presentation to ACEN
Here’s the video of the recent presentation by Professors Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens of Adelaide University, authors of ‘The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia: Experience or Exploitation’.
IMPORTANT: Use the download button on the Dropbox site to get the full video.
Professors Stewart and Owens have generously made their slides available to ACEN.
FWO infographic issues and responses
This graphic summarises the issues around unpaid work arrangements in Australia. Produced by the Fair Work Ombudsman, this graphic summarises the issues and recommendations identified in the report ‘Experience or Exploitation?’ around unpaid work arrangements in Australia and outlines the Fair Work Ombudsman’s responses.
UK Code of Practice
The presentation refers to a 2011 UK document ‘Common Best Practice Code for High-Quality Internships’.