Despite the ongoing disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure graduates entering the Professions in the future are work ready. While many innovative ways of providing WIL have been developed, more efforts are required to achieve best practices in student placements.
At the same time, the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF), introduced under the Australian Government Job-Ready Graduates package, requires universities to increase both the quantity and quality of work-integrated learning opportunities to ensure work ready graduates. How will universities achieve that? How will industry be able to provide essential workplace experiences in a COVID world? What role could professional associations play in fostering university – industry collaboration?
Our Round Table on 9 November 2021 explores these questions with the expertise of:
Prof Peter Dawkins – Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy, Victoria University Professional Profile
Peter and Karena will be joined by experts from the Australian Industry Group (AIG), Higher Education and the Dept. of Education, Skills and Employability (DESE) to explore:
How can collaboration between industry and universities be increased to make the 2015 ‘National Strategy on Work Integrated Learning in University Education’ a reality?
What is the gold standard for University – Industry Collaboration?
What challenges will need to be overcome?
What are some of the innovative ways universities and industry have delivered WIL (particularly placements) in a COVID environment?
How could professional associations support work integrated learning and university – industry collaboration?
Our Round Table explored how tertiary providers and industry have developed innovative ways of providing WIL experiences during COVID and how professional associations could facilitate greater collaboration between universities and industry to ensure graduates of the future are equipped to meet the challenges of their chosen Profession.
The role of micro credentialing within the education ecosystem is increasing significant, yet there continues to be no commonly agreed standard within professional association accreditation practices. Many of our member organisations are grappling with the ways in which they might incorporate accredited micro credential programs into their current and future CPD/CPE offerings and how this might in turn attract advanced standing within the education ecosystem.
In order to promote dialogue around this important concept, ACoP is hosting a Round-Table for its Member Organisations on Thursday 29th April 2021 to hear from leaders discuss and debate: How will Professional Associations address higher-education micro-credential offerings within their current accreditation standards?
The Round Table program is:
Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table Dr Ash Jones – Head of ACoP Education and Accreditation Portfolio Professional Profile
Overview of CA-ANZ’s Professional Accounting Micro-Credentialing Journey Lisa Thomas – General Manager Learning Initiatives, Chartered Accountants Australia NZ Professional Profile
Professional Practice Credentials: An outcome-based Assessment Approach Glenn Campbell – CEO, DeakinCo. Professional Profile
Reverse-Engineering cross-sector Skills Transferability through Micro-Credentialing Initiatives Dr Simon Eassom – Executive General Manager Education, CPA Australia Professional Profile
RMIT Digital Credentials: a Case Study in Building Industry-Relevant Digital Certification for Future-Proofing the Professions Dr Darien Rossiter – Principal Advisor to the DVC Education, RMIT Professional Profile
Micro-Credentialing Capability in the ICT Industry Louise Smith – Director Education & Workforce Development, ACS Professional Profile
The Engineering Credential Journey to Date Emmanuelle Wintergerst FIEAust CPEng – National Manager Credentials Development, Engineers Australia Professional Profile
Open Discussion on the Topic
Next Steps and Close
For more information on this Round-Table, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on employment, required workplace skills and the nature of jobs of many Australian employees and workers.We are seeking your help to establish which and how new skills should be provided, funded and acquired more quickly to ensure all Australians can participate and benefit from Australia’s successful business recovery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our research team seeks to find out what has changed for working Australians regarding:
The technical and generic skills you or your team members need, or need more of, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The optimal ways to address these skills needs in the next 12 months, including innovative approaches and possible government support packages.
We need the views of a broad range of Australian workers including: professionals who work in large or small organisations; small business owners; sole traders and micro business owners; contractors; consultants; and others. If you are an Australian worker over the age of 18, you are invited to share your views.
This survey has been approved and is conducted independently by Deakin University. This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: HAE-20-087). The research project is endorsed and overseen by the COSBOA/ACoP “COVID-19 Business Recovery Council” which directly advises the Prime Minister’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.
For more information on the survey, please contact the Office of the CEO on 1300 664 587 or at CEO@Professions.org.au!
Irish higher education regulator Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) has invited us to share our experiences with the creation and implementation of our Joint Statement on Higher Education Course Accreditation with their member organisations.
ACoP is increasingly being asked to share and advise other organisations worldwide based on our experiences in our areas of policy and advocacy. Recently we were approached by Ireland’s national regulator of education and training services Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) to share our experiences in developing and implementing national standards for higher education course accredition.
Founded in 2012, QQI develops and maintains the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), a 10-level framework for the development, recognition and awarding of qualifications similar to our AQF. QQI also approves programs offered at a variety of schools, colleges and further and higher education and training institutions at the respective NFQ level. QQI members include many Irish professional associations such as Engineers Ireland, Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Veterinary Council of Ireland, etc.
The Australian higher education sector has agreed to take a joint approach to effectively and successfully manage the coronavirus pandemic. In a Joint Statement published today, the sector’s peak bodies outline the principles they believe will meet community expectations for public health and safety while mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on higher education teaching, learning, assessment, placement and graduate mobility.
The shared concern of the Australian higher-education sector that effectively managing during the COVID-19 pandemic is key to the well-being of a fair, equitable and prosperous Australia led to the Joint Statement outlining consensus-based principles for adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas:
Accreditation Flexibility and maintaining Course Quality
Maintaining Quality during changed Teaching and Learning
Supporting Online Assessments while maintaining Rigour
Mitigating a reduced availability of Professional Placements
Flexibility on (Re-)Registration/Accreditation of Professionals
Maintaining International Accords for Professionals’ Mobility
The Joint Statement authors were also mindful that in managing the post-COVID-19 pandemic situation, the learnings from the many innovative approaches taken should not be lost so that the sector can effectively benefit from the rich substrate of experiences gained during the pandemic.
The following peak bodies are signatories to the Joint Statement:
Minister for Education, Skills and Employability Tehan welcomed our initiative to develop a Joint Statement, in particular at a time when it is important to maximise flexibility and reduce regulatory burden wherever possible. Writing to ACoP, the Minister notes that it is pleasing that we also covered the impact on students regarding the availability of placements, practicums and/or work experience opportunities. The Minister also invites updates and feedback from ACoP on the implementation of the Joint Statement including how Government might be able to assist or address any particular matters of concern.
We understand that Minister Tehan has also written to ~100 accreditation bodies noting our initiative, encouraging adoption of the principles outlined in the Joint Statement and referring to our web site.
“The Australian Council of Professions is delighted to have found sector-wide support for our initiative to develop the Higher Education COVID-19 Joint Statement” said ACoP President Klaus Veil. “This broad consensus ensures that the education, work experience, graduation, registration and mobility of Australian Professionals is maintained in these difficult times.”
“The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is pleased to support this Joint Statement as it highlights the impact of the COVID pandemic on work integrated learning (WIL) and particularly the reduced availability of professional placements” said ACEN President Franziska Trede when announcing their support. “The new solutions emerging due to the pandemic are already evidence of stronger collaborative partnerships between universities, industry and professional accreditation bodies and the advancement of WIL”.
We agree to work in partnership with each other and with government to adapt higher education courses and registration/accreditation to mitigate and minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while upholding the continuity, integrity and reputation of Australian higher education and recognising its indispensable contribution to Australia’s well-being and prosperity.
Joint Statement of Principles for the Higher Education Sector COVID-19 Response, 5 May 2020
This initiative seeks to explore the future of learning and employability to support a fair, equitable, socially cohesive and prosperous Australia. Led by the Australian Council of Professions, it brings together educators, the professions and industry in a collaborative conversation of thought leaders from various vantage points to explore and draft a Statement of Principles. The Statement could inform thinking and policy about how Australia’s education ecosystem needs to adapt to accommodate industry needs into the future, promote social cohesion and enable citizens across the lifespan – regardless of their place or starting point – to find and create work.
As a result of the current coronavirus situation, our next face-to-face working session planned for April 2020 cannot proceed. We are now looking at other ways to hold this session.
Satellite Discussion Session
Our November 2019 Round-Table had brought together thought leaders who drafted a Statement of Intent for a National Strategy to evolve Australia’s education ecosystem to accommodate industry needs, promote social cohesion and enable citizens across the lifespan – regardless of their place or starting point. A follow-on session titled “Towards a National Strategy for Education and Employability for Australia’s Industry 4.0” (download Programme here) at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 25 February 2020 was by all accounts highly successful with ~150 registrations.
Convened by our President Klaus Veil, the broad range of speakers elicited very interesting discussions and the session participants appreciated being able to “look at the topic through various prisms“. The resolution was that we were asked to keep the groundswell and momentum going!
The objective of these four sessions was to disseminate the themes discussed at the November 2019 Round-Table and to unpack these themes for those who were not able to attend as well as to garner interest and views from the broader community. Canberra: 4 Feb. 2020 (1:30 – 4:30pm) Melbourne: 11 Feb. 2020 (2:00 – 5:00pm) Sydney: 18 Feb. 2020 (1:30 – 4:30pm) Perth: tbc The consultation sessions were seen by the participants as very useful with the quality of the contributions and discourse as well as senior buy-in of the 46 participants most impressive. The unanimous view is that “Education and Employability” is a big challenge for the professions and professionals and no other organisation or govt currently has a policy for this.
The inaugural Round-Table on Education and Employability was held on 19 November 2019 in Sydney. Invited were higher education providers, the professions, industry, govt. regulators and related organisations. The initial focus was on exploring a common goal of the initiative in the context of the future of education, employability and work in Australia’s Industry 4.0. Inspired work by the Round-Table participants ably facilitated by Prof Beverley Oliver and Prof Sally Kift resulted in this Joint Statement of Intent:
“We in Education and Industry undertake to work together to create and drive an Integrated Continuous Learning Strategy to achieve a fair and prosperous Australia.”
The next steps that were agreed are to promulgate and validate this Joint Statement more widely. Stakeholder Consultation Sessions in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth are envisaged.
We thank Navitas for their generous support of this event.
This initiative originated in 2018 in discussions of concerned educators, professionals and industry representatives involved with Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) regarding effectively implementing approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum. The overall aim was to improve the employability of graduates by giving them practical experience which is directly related to the courses they study.
It was felt that it would be useful to bring together national thought leaders from industry, professional associations and the higher education sector to identify current and future workplace needs. This conversation might be able to provide industry leadership and inform policy and regulatory settings to ensure the quality delivery of education to “Industry 4.o”.
The Australian Council of Professions is delighted to welcome Navitas as a supporting organisation member, further broadening and strengthening our membership and reach.
Navitas is an Australian company that pioneered an innovative university partnership model of education in 1994 and today helps thousands of learners transform their lives through access to an extensive range of programs and services across its global network of colleges. Navitas’ work is underpinned by an international network and a strong commitment to student experiences and outcomes as well as a passion for discovering new technologies and models of teaching and learning that will improve education now and into the future.
As well as providing pathways to education in partnership with universities, Navitas brings together niche colleges offering tertiary education programs across a wide range of sectors and specialist areas such as creative media, human services, professional services, leadership and management. It also delivers critical language, literacy, numeracy and employability programs to help learners recognise their potential.
“We are currently working on a number of thought-leading initiatives in Education, Life-Long-Learning and Employability, so I am delighted that Navitas is joining us at this point in time. Their input and support will add depth and relevance to our work” said ACoP Board President Klaus Veil.
The CEO of the Careers & Industry division of Navitas, Jo Anthonysz, said he welcomed the opportunity to work more closely with ACoP and its members to help meet the learning, skills and workforce needs of all Australians. “Navitas partners with a range of professional associations and peak bodies to advocate for reforms that improve access to a high-quality education for all,” Mr Anthonysz said. “We welcome the opportunity to work with ACoP to help inform government policy and decision-making.”
The Australian Council of Professions (ACoP) is pleased to welcome DeakinCo, the commercial arm of Deakin University, as a Member of the Australian Council of Professions.
DeakinCo’s membership represents a valuable joining of forces to help advance Professionals and Professionalism in Australia as well as a commitment of both organisations to work together in order to close the workplace skills gap, foster lifelong learning thought leadership and promote professional excellence.
DeakinCo. has been instrumental in the design and development of the Deakin professional practice credential model, which offers a unique ability to assess distinctive professional skills capabilities across the workforce. These micro-credentialing standards, built across 26 capabilities, eventuated in response to the recognition that the global workforce is currently experiencing unprecedented change due to automation, economic instability and emerging skills capability requirements. As such, the Deakin credential model has been developed to address the needs of professionals in the changing world of work, through the provision of a robust mechanism to assess the knowledge and skills they have built through their professional experience.
Dr Asheley Jones, Head of Professional Practice is delighted that DeakinCo. has become the first Supporting Member of ACoP. “Given DeakinCo’s mission is to provide workplace solutions that assess and build workplace knowledge and skills for organisations and individuals, and ACoP’s commitment to ensuring community confidence across all professionals in all professions, this membership enables a natural synergy in the two entities working together to ensure Australia’s 21st-century work needs are met.”
DeakinCo’s CEO, Glenn Campbell views the ACoP membership as “an important step in building a diverse community of practice, committed to providing a comprehensive ecosystem to underpin the lifelong learning needs of the Australian workforce.”
The Australian Council of Professions congratulates DeakinCo. on their work developing teaching and learning methods that support the life-long-learning needs of professionals. ACoP President Klaus Veil FACHI FHL7 said “We are delighted to welcome DeakinCo as our first ‘Supporting Member’ organisation, a new member category our Board recently approved. Their membership will further broaden and strengthen our capability and influence in this vitally important area of professional education. Professional knowledge today has a half-life of 5 years, so providing small, targeted and assessable units of learning that re-fresh and/or top-up a professional’s expertise is attracting strong interest from our Professional Association Members.”