Engagement for sustainable communities: industry as the driver in tertiary education pathway development

Paez, Di and Byrnes, Jill and Blacker, Jillian and Dwyer, Cathy and Jackson, Angela (2011) Engagement for sustainable communities: industry as the driver in tertiary education pathway development. Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 6 (1). pp. 90-107.


Using an action research approach, the Integrated Articulation and Credit Transfer project has explored the nexus between industry and the tertiary education sector for the purpose of the development of articulation pathways between vocational and higher education. As a result of this applied research a Workforce Driven Engagement Model has been developed, resulting in an engagement model with broader application than articulation pathways. The central driver of the model is workforce need, and in this model industry participates as an equal partner in a key negotiating role.
A Workforce Driven Engagement Model involves tertiary education providers – both vocational and higher education – consulting with industry about what articulation pathway models will assist in meeting their workforce requirements, before providers collaboratively develop the pathway. It may be assumed that this is what normally occurs, but in fact our research indicates that it is not. Australia’s sustainable economic and social well-being depends on more graduates with the requisite skills entering the workforce, and this can best be achieved if industry, vocational education and training and higher education work together to formulate a solution.

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Additional Information: ©2011 The Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA Ltd.) All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright holder.
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 06:29
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: education articulation; sustainable; innovation; workforce; engagement
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19482

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