Agenda

SYDNEY (NOW VIA LIVESTREAM)

09:00

GOVERNMENT, REGULATION, AND GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

09:10

  • Lessons learnt from combining VET, higher education and industry partnerships to create work-ready graduates 
  • What industry can do to ensure the success of blended education models 

BROADENING YOUR TALENT POOL THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS

09:40

  • Setting rules when entering into partnership negotiations
  • Maximising the return for graduates and their eventual employers when developing business partnerships
  • How to manage university-industry business relations during a crisis like COVID-19?

10:10

  • A look into how navigating this brought a new set of opportunities and challenges 
  • Insights into how future iterations could blend in-person and virtual delivery 

10:40

11:05

  • Partnering with leading industry organisations and experts across the areas of innovation, design, business and technology, to co-design and deliver a program with benefits to students, industry and society
  • Adapting the 2020 NAB challenge to focus on business challenges precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic 

11:30

  • Collaborating with universities across a range of initiatives to showcase the diversity and culture of your organisation, as well as the career opportunities on offer within your workplace
  • Identifying the perfect graduate employee: what to look for and where to find it

11:55

  • Prioritising graduates’ long-term employability over short-term employment outcomes 
  • Building skills that last throughout a graduate’s life and enhance their chance of being fulfilled in their work 
  • Changing what we measure to present a more accurate and holistic picture of graduate employment outcomes
  • Overcoming the Persistence of Disadvantage  

12:25

WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

01:25

  • Working with universities to present internship programs that appeal to students when they are requesting placements
  • Forging a relationship with graduates by creating a memorable internship experience
  • Pitching your organisation as the employment destination for graduates

01:55

  • Developing a streamlined digital employment solution that pairs skilled graduates with suitable industry partners 
  • Recognising the mismatch between the skills and accreditations acquired at university and those sought by employers

02:20

These interactive sessions allow for extended discussion among a small group and are excellent for giving and receiving targeted feedback and engaging in in-depth discussions. 
 
Round table One: Recruiting employees with diverse backgrounds, CVs, and educational paths - why taking risks  could be your safest bet 
Facilitator: Lisa Middlebrook, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Macquarie University 
 
Round table Two: Building resilience in university students to address the number one skill perceived to be lacking in graduate employees
Facilitator: Taryn Aspinall, Senior Graduate Recruiter, AECOM
 
Round table Three: Assessing the job-readiness of international students and the economic effects they have on business during times of economic downturn 
Facilitator: Professor Dawn Bennett, Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University

03:10

SOFT SKILLS AND DIVERSE CAREER PATHS

03:30

  • Integrating soft skill teachings and technical learning to ensure students understand the relationship between practice, presentation, and purpose
  • Appreciating the ethical, interpersonal, and communication challenges faced when applying STEM knowledge
  • Challenges and opportunities in a pre and post-COVID economic market 

04:00

SYDNEY (NOW VIA LIVESTREAM)

09:00

EQUIPPING GRADUATES WITH IN-DEMAND SKILLS

09:10

  • Assessing how changes to course prices will impact supply and demand in the job market 
  • Proposing curriculum changes that target employment criteria across diverse roles within your business
  • Teaching employment skills that have become increasingly important to businesses since the onset of COVID-19 
  • Ensuring that curriculum changes maintain course integrity and promote a balanced education

09:40

  • Being clear on purpose and aligning objectives for transformation with meaningful success measures
  • Understanding bias and changing mindsets 
  • Using storytelling and data to assist with change management from senior leaders and sponsor to recruiters and their hiring communities. 
  • Using the candidate, recruiter and hiring manager journey to understand where bias sits in recruitment and ensuring this is mitigated at every opportunity 

10:10

  • Filling employee skills gaps by partnering with universities on content creation and collaboration opportunities
  • Maximising the impact of industry-university partnerships by sharing knowledge and resources
  • Offering credentials that are widely recognised and respected

10:35

10:50

  • How soft skills like empathy, critical-thinking, and communication can have a positive impact on the workplace and productivity 
  • How soft skills can make graduates more trainable
  • How attractive is an arts graduate to employers in the wake of government reforms to course prices?

11:20

  • Work-Integrated Learning
  • Volunteerism & being "Good"
  • Industry Endorsement

11:50

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TARGETS 

12:50

  • What does inclusive leadership look like, and how can it be realised?
  • How will Federal reforms around university course prices impact women in STEMM? 
  • Developing industry/university collaborations in the Asia-Pacific to improve employment opportunities for women in STEMM

01:20

  • Recognising that Australia’s economy will continue transitioning to high-skilled employment requiring TEM knowledge and training
  • Redressing the high demand for science degrees in the face of limited science specific jobs in Australia
  • Clarifying the employment pathways for STEM graduates to improve the supply and demand balance in highly specialised jobs, particularly those in regional areas

01:50

02:20

  • Ensuring graduates with disabilities have ample employment opportunities despite significant job cuts resulting from COVID-19 
  • Moving away from archetypes to a more diverse understanding of graduates with disabilities
  • Unlocking the dynamic potential of students with disabilities by building better pathways from study to employment
  • Eliminating social barriers that make certain workplaces unappealing or impractical for students with disabilities
  • Accessing the business benefits to employing students with disabilities that could boost GDP by $43 billion dollars over the next decade

THE RISKS AND REWARDS OF HIRING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

02:50

  • Determining if our immigration system is adequately facilitating the employment of international graduates
  • Analysing the impact 485 visas have on employment outcomes for domestic job seekers

03:20

03:30

Developing Business Relationships Between Universities and Industry to Improve Graduate Employment Outcomes Through COVID-19

 
Creating step changes in industry-higher education relationships to achieve better graduate employment outcomes for an uncertain future. 
 
Developing more effective business relationships between industry and universities is taking on increased significance as Australia looks to job-ready graduates to support a post-COVID 19 recovery. At the same time, the impact of COVID 19 on the labour market and workplace experience is the  subject of intense speculation. In addition, the new policy and funding arrangements for higher education to produce job-ready graduates will focus performance measures on university engagement with business. Making sense of these developments and translating them into new and improved strategies for industry-business relationships, particularly approaches to work integrated learning, will be the subject of the workshop.
 
Almost all providers currently have formal arrangements in place for managing third party relationships involving student work placements, including an increasingly diverse range of disciplines, but this is unlikely to be sufficient to produce the level and nature of change required to produce fulfilling graduate jobs in this harsh new working environment. More sophisticated arrangements are needed to manage a broader range of activities including new forms of business relationships. 
 
This workshop will focus on exploring ways of building effective partnerships between industry and providers and developing the practical steps needed to initiate and implement the strategies.  We will draw in particular on the findings of two national studies conducted by PhillipsKPA: the 2014 national survey for the Department of Industry on engaging employers in WIL; and the 2019 study commissioned by the Department of Education on the impact of expanding work placement activities on patterns of activity and quality assurance arrangements. 
 
Thursday, September 17 2020, 8:30am – 5:00pm (now via live-stream)
 
Registration: 8.30am
 
9:00 Who benefits? How?
  • Reviewing the take-home messages for the conference
  • Employer perspectives
  • Student perspectives
  • Higher education perspectives
  • Identifying the barriers and opportunities
Activity #1 Addressing the new and emerging realities of organisational priorities
 
10:30 Morning tea
 
11:00 Developing deeper links
  • Maximising mutual benefits  
  • Clarifying the costs and benefits of working together
  • Shared goals and accountability
  • Building capacity for long-term change
  • Targeting investment and incentives 
Activity #2 Creating a case for step change   
 
12:30 Lunch
 
1:30 Action plan for creating sustainable step-changes  
  • From vision to visible improvements  
  • Faking the relationship visible within the organisation
  • Identifying roles and responsibilities
  • Gaining and maintaining commitment from leadership
  • Removing the obstacles
  • Consolidating gains 
  • Embedding new approaches.
Activity #3 Creating the conditions for effective implementation
 
3:00 Afternoon tea
 
3:30 First steps to better outcomes
  • Clarifying the vision
  • Setting targets
  • Identifying priorities 
  • Measuring and reporting impact  
  • What to look for from this conference.  
Activity #4 Setting an agenda for action
 
5:00 End of workshop

Workshop Leader:
 
Dr Craig McInnis, Principal Associate, PhillipsKPA
 
With more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education research and consulting, Craig McInnis is recognised as one of the region’s leading Higher Education experts and has a particular specialty in quality assurance, academic standards and the promotion of strong student learning outcomes. Having worked with Governments and Universities during his career from countries spanning Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, and Vietnam - Craig brings to this event a wealth of experience in the design and evaluation of degree programmes, international benchmarking, changing academic work roles, quality assurance processes, and system‐level approaches to the development of academic standards. 
 
With PhillipsKPA colleagues Craig has been a key consultant on a range of national projects directly related to graduate employability, including most recently: Review of Career Development Services in Tertiary Institutions; Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning; and Quality Assurance of Work Integrated Learning in Australian Higher Education.