Media Release: Project to develop a new work mindset

Media Release: Project to develop a new work mindset

A new partnership project will help south west Victorian students to develop a new mindset about work and create skills they can transfer across industries.

Applying the New Work Mindset in South West Victoria is a partnership between South West TAFE, Lyndoch Living, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), Eventide Homes Stawell Inc and Western District Health Service (WDHS). The project has received $3.6million from the Victorian Government through the Workforce Training Innovation Fund.

South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge welcomed the funding and said the project would shift the mindset of students and employers from specific training to building a portfolio of technical, enterprising and career management skills.

“These skills will increase the long term employability of TAFE graduates to better meet the immediate needs of employers,” he said.

“It will help to make sure students are work ready for jobs now and into the future.”

Project Owner and South West TAFE Executive Manager of Education, Jeanette Brown, said the project would use innovative thought leadership and courageous thinking to apply FYA’s internationally recognised research in south-west Victoria.

“The project will establish a new learning space at South West TAFE for students to build enterprise skills and meet with local entrepreneurs developing ideas for micro-businesses, a new training model for the healthcare and social assistance sector, and a prototype New Work Mindset tool to cluster jobs, skills and related TAFE courses.”

Ms Brown said this would form the basis of new career management thinking for current and future workforces and address emerging and future needs for healthcare, social and particularly the aged care industries.

The south-west project could also be adapted for use across Victoria, Australia and internationally.

New Work Mindsets in South West Victoria will use research findings from FYA’s New Work Mindset report to develop, test and trial new career development approaches for SWTAFE students and Lyndoch Living, WDHS and Eventide Homes employees. This will create new roles and increase productivity and employer satisfaction.

FYA CEO Jan Owen said their research reveals that young people are predicted to have 17 career changes across five industries in their lifetime.

To navigate these changes we need to shift the way we approach our working lives,” Ms Owen said.

“Rather than the current practice of building one set of narrow, job specific skills we need to equip young people with a portfolio of transferable capabilities and the capacity to better manage their career transitions. Informed by the New Work Order research and insights, this project aims to bridge the gap between the education world and the working world.”


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