Innovative Providers Network
Innovation [/in-uh-vey-shuh n] to invent or begin to apply methods, ideas etc, something newly introduced, such as a new method or advice, the act of innovating.
With Australia facing a shortage of skilled trades people in many industry areas, we have a new challenge on our hands.
One way to improve the uptake of these skills and ensure that graduates have the skills that industry needs, is for training providers to be more innovative in their thinking. Beginning from training and assessment methods, engaging with industry, and being responsive to industry needs.
Innovative practice by training providers will see a new era of the Vocational Education and Training (VET).
Service Skills Australia has undertaken the project, Innovative Providers, to demonstrate good practice methods of training providers across the service industry.
As identified in a report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Building Innovative Vocational Education and Training Organisations, highly innovative organisations:
- Create learning cultures that promote innovation
- Have leaders who are failure-tolerant
- Identify innovations
- Reward innovative thinkers
- Promotion and use of partnerships
- Promote innovation through teams, teamwork and communities of practice
Innovative providers identifies and highlights good practice and the benefits to both industry and training providers of innovative industry focused training delivery.
Innovation is generally the result of one person or organisation's passion, forward thinking and skills combined with an organisational culture that gives permission and support for the passionate advocate to succeed.
Strong community, industry and student engagement is an underlying success factor common across all the case studies.