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Impact Ecosystems: Workforce & Skills Innovation

November 19, 2020

Successes & Lessons

What successes and lessons come to mind when thinking about RMIT's recent experiences in building partnerships and new collaboration models for workforce and skills innovation, and lifelong learning?

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CM

I really wish we could reimagine the term WIL – and break free of the traditional approaches this implies. This should be the tran… See more

Community Member

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MS

Partnering with tech companies, who are implementing daily new ways new knowledge is applied, is essential.

Matt S.

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SP

Embed and connected internal collaboration (RMIT cross department) bodes a project well for complex stakeholder projects that bran… See more

Shefton P.

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MC

FSSI’s leadership initiatives and programs have grown and attracted significant interest from government and industry. We’ve b… See more

Micaela C.

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SP

Industry don't neccessarily have VE and HE delivery expertise so what they want from VE and HE may not be actually what they … See more

Shefton P.

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RE

A critical part of the success of the Higher Apprenticeships project was getting full alignment between the industry partners, DET… See more

Rick E.

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SP

Industry is busy. They want to be involved in change to ensure it fits their needs but involving them in co-design takes time and … See more

Shefton P.

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SP

Many other RTOs face the same systems, regulatory and funding restrictions as RMIT and each RTO is trying to flex their systems to… See more

Shefton P.

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SP

Collaboration takes time to build relationships you can't force stakeholders together and just expect things to work out. The… See more

Shefton P.

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TB

Another lesson, repeated several times by RMIT, is that creating good dialogue with governments can lead into real partnership for experimentation, and sometimes to scaling.

Tom B.

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Opportunities

What system challenges represent the most compelling opportunities for impact and scale in skills development (and lifelong learning) in 2021?

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Defragmented student support. Linking up educational and learning supports with, health, socio-economic and other types of support… See more

Shefton P.

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MS

The strongest growth in economy outside government is Technology enabled companies and they all crying out for talent to fuel that… See more

Matt S.

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SP

Shift from assessment in the classroom to the workplace. Contextualised assessments that are industry co-designed. This alone will drive changes to coursework content and prioritisation of skills.

Shefton P.

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MO

Opportunity to support more equitable skill development through access to digital learning opportunities – can we spread our reach… See more

Megan O.

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CM

Staff capability building is a key component to ensure skill development of students is explicitly covered in all learning and tea… See more

Community Member

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MT

Preaching to the choir…but aligning partners and learners behind shared (impact) goals, whether that Social Entrepreneurship or … See more

Max T.

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TB

Industry 'clusters' give us a great opportunity to create coherence and scaling by building new shared and network struc… See more

Tom B.

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MT

Hyper targeted skills development for LLL as done (or at least attempted) by e.g. Seek, comparing in demand skills to those of applicants, suggesting targeted courses.

Max T.

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Scale & Impact

How can we leverage our strengths and relationships to create new collaboration models for scale and impact in workforce and skills innovation across sectors? Can we be more coherent, more collaborative and more impactful?

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Lastly a common barrier is 'politics' either between organisations, between departments, between government bodies. All … See more

Shefton P.

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SP

FSSI now has quite a bit of evaluation work on collaboration I think the HAP project is a good example of a synergistic collaborat… See more

Shefton P.

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SP

Again it feels here as if we really need greater relationships with other RTOs, avoiding competition to work together on scaling up new models. As big as we are we need others on board too.

Shefton P.

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SP

Implementation Science: Do we have academics in this area? If not, RMIT should. A great opportunity for thought provocation and policy influence.

Shefton P.

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