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The value to companies of student placements and projects: global examples

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Is Australia lagging behind the rest of the world in implementing work-integrated learning arrangements? And how can businesses benefit?

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Many businesses are starting to learn that fast-changing work roles and environments are being reflected just as quickly in shifting workplace skills needs. In this context, the exposure of students to authentic work environments is highly effective at increasing work readiness.

There are numerous examples of employers taking on tertiary students in placements, or accessing students to undertake useful projects or provide consultancy work – all aimed at solving a company's problem. And these arrangements haven't stopped as a result of COVID-19 – many have switched online and are achieving great results for businesses.

This webinar will discuss what is happening globally around such arrangements, known as work-integrated learning or cooperative education. Are other countries doing more than Australia? How are businesses benefitting? And what are some examples?

Join Anne Younger, General Manager, Research and Projects, Centre for Education and Training as she seeks the answers to these questions from Judie Kay, Vice Chair Partnerships & Programmes, World Association for Cooperative Education and formerly Director, Employability and Career Education , RMIT; and Sonia Ferns, Associate Professor, Adjunct Curtin University and Managing Partner, LearnWork Consulting.

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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia's peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, we are the country's only truly national employers' organisation.

 

Ai Group represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff. Our longstanding involvement with diverse industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, labour hire, mining services, defence, airlines and ICT means we are genuinely representative of Australian industry.

 

With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, we have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of our members. We provide the practical information, advice and assistance you need to run your business more effectively.

 

Ai Group also offers members a voice at all levels of government through our policy leadership and influence. Our deep experience of industrial relations and workplace law positions Ai Group as the leading advocate on behalf of enterprises large and small across Australia.

 

We intrinsically appreciate the challenges facing industry and remain at the cutting edge of policy debate and legislative change – and strategic business management.

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