The Australian Education Collaboration network (ACEN), the professional association for work integrated learning (WIL) in Australia, has just announced 11 finalists for the Local Hero, Collaboration and Innovation and Excellence in WIL Awards.

The WIL Advisory Committee is happy to announce that UOW has four finalists across all three awards

  1. Wollongong’s Hidden Harvest is in the running for the Local Hero Award. Sofie Kokalevski, CRLP200’s (Career Ready Learning Practice) Business Development Lead chose to nominate Berbel Franse (Founder) because her contribution to the WIL experience of UOW students is beyond the expectation of the size of their organisation.
  2. WIN News is a finalist for the Collaboration Award. Shawn Burns, subject Coordinator for JRNL304 (Journalism Internship), nominated Stella Laurie (WIN News) for providing a sustained and significant contribution to journalism students at UOW. WIN News has provided internship opportunities and graduate employment pathways for budding Journalists for 10 years; what’s more, they provide raw footage for Journalism students to edit in class activities and often come to the classroom to talk to students about the industry.
  3. The IRT Group is also a finalist for the Collaboration Award. Graduate Career Development and Employability, within the Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) portfolio, nominated Rachel Poppett and the IRT team for their continued engagement with our WIL subjects through the provision of professional experience placements and transdisciplinary consulting projects in CRLP200 as well as participation in industry panels for GWP901 (Master of Nursing International).
  4. Dr Ginu Rajan, Associate Professor Raad Raad & Associate Professor Rodney Vickers are nominated for the Innovation and Excellence Award for their case study “From skills to start-ups: A pathway for career-ready engineering graduates through innovative WIL approaches”. This case study showcases the industry-based WIL subjects ENGG105, ECTE250, ECTE350, FEIS400 which embed work-based learning across students’ tertiary studies. It is a whole-of-course initiative designed to progressively build students’ skills and engagement with authentic, innovative work practices and industry partnerships.

The winners will be announced at the ACEN Beyond 2020: Creating the Future with WIL virtual summit on the 27 and 28 October, 2020.

The WIL Advisory Committee wishes Shawn Burns, Sofie Kokalevski and Ginu Rajan the best of luck!

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