Workforce polarisation in Tasmania: Implications for the future of work and training
Strengthening ties between schools and industry
10 December 2018
Forum organiser Sonia Hodgetts, Growth Industry Pathway Coordinator Beacon Foundation (second from left) with industry forum presenters (left to right) Sarah Jones, University College; Kent Wyllie, Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council; Mark Shelton, P-TECH/UTAS Higher Apprenticeships; Jacki Hine, Dairy Tasmania; Shona Arnold, Stubbs Construction; Michelle Summers, Hellyer College; Julie Jacobson, Hellyer Regional Collective; Ebony Bridle, School and Industry Liaison Officer Beacon Foundation
On Wednesday, 3 December 2018, the Beacon Foundation together with Hellyer College piloted an industry forum for college and associated school staff to strengthen ties between schools and businesses across the north-west coast.
Presenters from Beacon, the University of Tasmania, University College, Hellyer Regional Collective and industry representatives from Stubbs Construction, Tasmanian Mineral and Energy Council and Dairy Tas spoke about the practical application of the school curriculum in their businesses and how stronger relationships between schools and industry can help teachers better communicate the relevance of the curriculum to students.
Local examples of how the concepts students learn in the classroom are used in the workplace included Elphinstone employees using algebra to calculate how much paint they needed to coat a vehicle, and the importance of physical sciences, motion and velocity when Hydro Tasmania calculate how much water is coming through a power station and how that transforms into power.
Forum participants also heard about local skills shortages, what recruiters look for in young applicants and the need to provide more industry exposure and training opportunities for teaching staff.
At the end of the forum, participants agreed that they had a stronger connection to industry representatives in their area and a clearer idea of how to incorporate workplace expectations into classroom learning.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with participants providing comments including: “…the Q&A time was very valuable. [The] industry panel was varied and had lots of relevant information” and “…[the forum was] very worthwhile – great to have up to date information from industry”.
Have your say! Online survey now open!
29 November 2018
Discussion papers have been developed by the Years 9 to 12 Project Team to provoke thought and discussion on ways to reinvigorate the Years 9 to 12 curriculum and vocational education and training in Tasmania. The papers include education theory, case studies and best practice examples from Tasmania, Australia and internationally.
A series of 18 consultation forums have also been held across the state for educators, business, industry and community groups to have the opportunity to have their say about the future direction of Years 9 to 12 education in Tasmania.
We would love to hear from you, so if you would like to share your thoughts about the future of Years 9 to 12 education in Tasmania, please click through to the online survey which will run until close of business Friday, 22 February 2019.
Curriculum Forum – Learning Area Groups
On Friday, 23 November 2018, nearly 100 education stakeholders from across the state gathered at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston for “SuperLAG” – a curriculum forum for the nine learning area groups (Maths, Science, English, Mixed Field, Technologies, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages).
Learning Area Groups are responsible for providing high level advice relating to the development, implementation and support of Years 9 to 12 courses and programs in Tasmania, including the Australian Curriculum, Vocational Education and Training (VET)/Vocational Learning (VL), and Office of Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification (TASC) Accredited courses.
With representatives from the Department of Education, Catholic Education Tasmania, Independent Schools Tasmania, TasTAFE, the University of Tasmania and industry, SuperLAG kicked off with a quick icebreaker exercise to come up with a tagline for each learning area. Some of the groups got really creative and came up with some great pitches!
The session then moved on to focus on an update of the Years 9 to 12 Project and an overview of the recent Curriculum and VET forums.
Participants spent time considering ideas raised in the discussion papers and learning area papers before diving in to the afternoon session which focused on the draft Years 9 to 12 Curriculum Framework. Questions considered included:
- what kind of courses would students like to do that they can’t do now?
- what skills and understandings do industry/TasTAFE/UTAS need young people to have when they enter further learning/training programs?
- what possibilities are there for introducing ‘Professional Studies’ courses in each of the different learning area groups?
- what opportunities are there for the inclusion of Transdisciplinary Projects and how students might like to learn?
- how can learning areas contribute to a Personal Futures group of courses?
Feedback collected throughout the day and from padlet posts will be collated and used to further inform the development of the curriculum framework.
A big thank you to everyone who participated!
A survey will be open shortly seeking feedback from all sectors on the draft curriculum framework. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback about the SuperLAG, please contact the Years 9 to 12 Project Team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org