Institutes of Applied Technology – Steffen Faurby, Managing Director, TAFE NSW
- TAFE NSW is introducing a new tertiary model, institutes of applied technology (IAT), which feature collaboration with industry, universities, and TAFE NSW working together to respond to changes in industry demand and emerging skills needs.
- The IATs will fully integrate the theoretical study of university with the practical training of vocational education. Students will be able to study flexibly, for example, a student can complete a Certificate IV in year one, progress to a diploma in year two and have the option of achieving a Bachelor in Applied Technology in year three.
- IATs are being established in digital technology and construction with co-innovation in course design, and co-delivery with masterclasses, pathways and internships. Short course options and micro-credentials will be available for existing workers.
- Colocation will be encouraged with shared spaces – TAFE NSW is looking at what industry and university partners already have, and not necessarily building new infrastructure.
Mobilising Social Capital to Support Industry Needs – Darshi Ganeson, Managing Director, South Regional TAFE WA
- Mobilising social capital is at the forefront of South Regional TAFE’s industry engagement. In the regions connecting with industry is more organic and more relational than transactional compared to cities where it takes a lot longer to establish relational partnerships.
- Small wins are big wins in regional TAFEs.
- High quality examples demonstrated how South Regional TAFE has helped solve local workforce needs and built social capital at the same time. These include working with farmers and the local agricultural industry to train skilled workers to harvest grain.
- Principles for success included: connection and relationships, industry led, community supported, scalability, repeatability, commitment of immediate employment outcomes for graduates, lecturers still in industry and risks diversified.
- The second case study, Gather and Feast, highlighted how students learned to grow and source food, cook, clean and connect with community. It helped students better understand the local food culture and their community.
Training the Wind Energy Workforce of the Future – Bill Mundy, Manager Sales, Marketing and Community Engagement, Federation University, Victoria
- Generating wind power is an emerging industry in southwest Victoria which requires high level technical skills.
- A purpose-built training facility, the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre (APRETC), was established in 2016 to address the lack of skilled workers and grow the local workforce. Before APRETC most workers were imported from overseas.
- Collaboration with renewable energy partners (Vestas, ACCIONA, GPG and Tilt Renewables), as well as the Victorian Government has resulted in a $1.8 million industry investment in this project.
- The first phase of the project is underway with the construction of a 23-metre training tower. It has been designed to give students real-world experience when training to work in the wind industry, or other industries that require working at heights, such as construction and maintenance.
- Once the tower is completed, Federation TAFE will be the only training provider in Australia able to deliver the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) basic safety training and refresher training courses from a simulated wind turbine tower. GWO accreditation is a requirement for anyone working on a wind turbine in Australia or around the world.
- The second stage of the APRETC will include a classroom, workshop and training equipment to deliver specialised training courses, such as wind turbine maintenance and blade repair.
Micro-credentials – Tracey Singh, Director, Product Agency, and Robert Petherbridge, Executive Director, TAFE Queensland
- Micro-credentials are emerging as potential solutions to the rapid upskilling that is required for the changing world of work. They can help address new skills to keep pace with changes in technology, systems and processes.
- There are five types of skills required to succeed in the new world of work and these include foundational, technical, enterprise, attribute and career management skills.
- The co-design process is very important when working with industry. It needs time and resources.
- Features of TAFE Queensland’s micro-credentials: non-accredited, focus on technical and enterprise skills and attributes; use a range of delivery modes and provide digital badges.
- An excellent example is the co-design of micro-credentials for autonomous vehicle mining operations as part of the Queensland Future Skills Partnership project. Partners include BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), CQUniversity Australia and TAFE Queensland.