How can the NPILF improve graduate employability?

Date: Friday 14 May 2021

Time: 1:30pm AEST

The National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF) is a part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates package of higher education reforms. The NPILF allocates grants to universities to help engage industry to produce job-ready graduates. The NPILF seeks to:

  • Increase the number of internships, practicums, and other innovative approaches to work-integrated learning
  • Increase the number of STEM-skilled graduates and improve their employment outcomes
  • Support universities to develop and strengthen partnerships with industry.

In 2021, the focus will be on helping universities to prepare for the NPILF pilot in 2022-2024. This will include developing plans with proposed metrics and case study topics. Universities will need to submit a plan by the end of August 2021.

This webinar will give universities the chance to hear first-hand from the Department and will focus on the purpose of the NPILF and how it will work in the pilot phase.

Do you have questions about the NPILF?

We ask that all participants read the NPILF Guidance Document prior to the webinar. To help us focus the webinar presentation on areas of interest to participants we ask that you submit your questions about NPILF when you register.

Questions should be submitted via the registration page by no later than Wednesday 28 April 2021.

Presenter: Mr Harold Lomas

Director, Tertiary Policy Branch, Higher Education Group

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Harold is currently leading work in the Higher Education Group to strengthen industry engagement in teaching and learning, including managing the NPILF and a range of Advanced Apprenticeship pilots. Over recent years, Harold has led a number of higher education programs and policy initiatives including the Higher Education Loans Program and development of the program to recover overseas debt, legislation to implement the Government’s higher education reforms, research policy funding reform including initiatives to strengthen research training, and departmental taskforces to support the Napthine Review of Regional Education and the Walker Review of Freedom of Speech. He has also worked in a range of other agencies including Industry and Innovation, Health and Aged Care and Prime Minister and Cabinet, in addition to a range of Ministerial advisory roles.