Adapting to an evolving employment landscape & re-engaging youth on a pathway to meaningful employment
Conference Date
26th & 27th June 2019
Location
Ibis Melbourne
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Day 1 - Wednesday 26th June, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
The changing workforce
8:40
The National Career Education Strategy
  • Future Ready: a student focused National Career Education Strategy and other Australian Government policy initiatives that aim to support post school transitions that align with industry and employer need
  • Strengthening school and employer collaborations
  • Developing student’s career management and navigation skills
Dr Lyndal Groom
Branch Manager, Student Participation
Department of Education & Training
Innovation happening in school to work transition
9:20
A new entry path for young people through the Higher Apprenticeship Program
  • Working towards a professional qualification – while earning a salary
  • How this model bridges the gap between education and employment
  • How on-the-job training is helping to foster agile young people, equipped for changing workforce demands

What will you take-away? An understanding of an emerging pathway to employment and how you can link young people with the program

Justin Ling
Program Manager, Higher Apprenticeship
PwC
10:00
MEET & GREET

In this fun and interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts and set up conversations for the rest of the event.

10:20
Morning tea & networking
Industry & employers
10:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Aligning education, training & employment to bridge skills gaps
  • How can young people gain the experience to secure a job?
  • Exploring apprenticeships and traineeships
  • What are the changing expectations and skills that industry and employers demand? And how can education and training providers meet this?
  • Is co-location and co-activity between industry and education effective?
  • Do we need a national strategy to formalise partnerships?
Craig Evans
Driver Manager
GTS Freight Management
Jenny Lambert
Director, Employment Education & Training
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nicolette Barnard
Head of Human Resources
Siemens Australia & New Zealand
Future skills as a pathway to employment
11:20
Case study: VET pathways in schools
  • An overview of the state-wide reform
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills in schools
  • Improving career counselling

What will you take-away? Outcomes from the initiative to date

Clare Feszczak
Director, Further Education & Pathways
Department for Education, South Australia
12:00
Improving the continuum from education to employment
  • Breaking down the silos – the need for a more coherent and connected education and training system
  • Building in-demand skills and capabilities- STEM, digital and enterprise
  • Supporting lifelong and continuous learning and skill development
Paolo Damante
Senior Policy Officer, Education and Training
AI Group
12:40
Networking lunch
1:30
WORLD CAFE DISCUSSIONS

In this session, attendees will get the chance to explore three key areas through in-depth discussions and Q&A facilitated by industry leaders. After 20 minutes, facilitators will rotate to the next group so you’ll get the chance to gain insights from all leaders. Topics:

  • Overcoming barriers to help young people with mental ill health find meaningful employment
  • Forging mutually beneficial partnerships to enable youth to
    participate in a meaningful way
  • How will industry 4.0 impact education, training and skills?
Paolo Damante
Senior Policy Officer, Education and Training
AI Group
Andrew Simmons
Chief Executive Officer
South East LLEN
Gina Chinnery
National Manager, Vocational Services
Orygen
2:30
Afternoon tea & networking
3:00
How to equip young people with future focused skills to thrive in a global economy
  • Outcomes from a world first transdisciplinary creative intelligence degree
  • Equipping students for a future where careers are transitory
  • Experiences collaborating with industry

What will you take-away? Understanding of the benefits of transdisciplinary learning and innovation happening in higher education

Tyler Key
Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation
University of Technology Sydney
3:40
Case study: How entrepreneurial skill sets pave pathways to job-readiness & as job creators
  • What is the YEP11 program?
  • Adapting to the changing employment landscape – why resilience and creativity are essential skill sets and how you can build them
  • Giving youth real-world business problems to solve and connecting them with local mentors

What will you take-away? Understanding of a model that you can adapt and apply that effectively builds future-ready and entrepreneurial skill sets in young people

Cherie Topfer
Founding Director
YEP Careers
4:20
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 27th June, 2019

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Supporting & engaging vulnerable youth
8:40
Navigating choice in employment pathways – solving the big challenge young people face
  • Findings from Year13’s ‘After the ATAR’ and ‘After the ATAR II’ research
  • Exposing youth to an array of career and study options early in their high school years
  • How can we empower government, education and employment industries to better engage with the youth cohort?

What will you take-away? An understanding of the transitional period for young Australians, resources to effectively support youth and the type of information they need re-engage on a pathway to employment

Saxon Phipps
Managing Director
Year13
9:20
Effectively supporting youth with mental ill-health in career development
  • Understanding key research into youth vocational recovery and how we can apply this
  • Unpacking new initiatives being rolled out to support youth to find meaningful employment
  • IPS program and online career platform

What will you take-away? Tools and resources to help you support youth with mental ill-health and opportunities you can connect them to

Andrew Synnot
Vocational Youth Peer Worker
Orygen
Sarah Bostock
Vocational Youth Peer Worker
Orygen
Gina Chinnery
National Manager, Vocational Services
Orygen
10:00
OPEN MIC

This session is your chance to drive the conversation. Attendees will share and discuss some of the biggest challenges they experience when it comes to improving youth transitions and employment.

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
YOUTH SPOTLIGHT

This session will feature a young person sharing their personal story and journey in navigating the challenges and opportunities of career selection, further education and transition to employment.

Rebekah Drake
Youth Ambassador
Australian VET Alumni
Future skills as a pathway to employment
11:30
A holistic approach for structuring & building youth entrepreneur programs
  • Building entrepreneurial skills across the university
  • How co-working hubs can nurture youth entrepreneurial skills and link youth with industry
  • Cultivating core-capabilities and facilitating experiential learning to cement skills

What will you take-away? An effective approach to build enterprise skills in young people

Baden U’Ren
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Director, Business Commercialisation Centre
Bond University
12:10
Networking lunch
1:00
COLLABORATE & INNOVATE: Cross-sector problem-solving

In this session, you will get the chance to collaborate with someone working in a different sector to you. In small teams, you will be assigned a problem to solve, drawing on the combined expertise of the group to develop an innovative or effective solution to a common challenge. Each group will then get the chance to present their idea to the room.

2:15
Afternoon tea & networking
Forging strong industry partnerships to connect youth with skill building opportunities
2:35
Harvesting production relationships: Aligning TAFE with industry to improve student employment outcomes
  • Understanding SuniTAFE’s role in the supply chain
  • Evolving our course scope to align with future skills shortages and industry growth areas
  • How we established 11 key industry partnerships and what these look like

What will you take-away? Strategies and examples of how a TAFE improved their ranking to number one for employment outcomes and forged strong industry partnerships

Robin Kuhne
General Manager, Education
SuniTAFE
3:15
Case study: A place-based initiative to drive longterm employment in the aged care, home care, community care & disability sectors
  • The benefits of using industry facilities to deliver the program
  • Establishing industry partnerships to connect youth with work placements alongside learning
  • What have the outcomes of the program been to date?

What will you take-away? Understand how this program was established and how effective it has been in boosting youth skills, transitioning young people into employment and opening pathways to further opportunities

Michael Absalom
Careers Practitioner, Skills & Jobs Centre
South West TAFE
3:55
Closing remarks from the Chair
4:00
Close of Conference
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Key Speakers

Jenny Lambert
Director, Employment Education & Training
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Baden U’Ren
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Director, Business Commercialisation Centre
Bond University
Dr Lyndal Groom
Branch Manager, Student Participation
Department of Education & Training
Robin Kuhne
General Manager, Education
SuniTAFE