Victoria University (VU) and Western Health's industry collaboration has received state-wide recognition being named a finalist in the 2013 Victorian Training Awards.
The collaboration's unique workforce development program features flexible, customised, blended and enterprise-based learning. The nomination recognises VU's innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training sector.
VU designed and developed two specialised learning programs in collaboration with Western Health, with a focus on enhancing skills, engagement and productivity for Western Health employees. The longstanding relationship and collaborative approach ensured current work practices were understood and that existing skills and prior learning were recognised. "We tailored the Diploma of Nursing & Graduate Certificate in Management - Healthcare Leadership programs to meet the specifics needs of the Western Health workforce." says Helen Ryan, VU's Senior Commercial Development Manager Sport, Health and Active Living. "We are delivering innovative, highly relevant and flexible work-based training."
The collaborative design approach took a number of factors into consideration, notably accounting for potential study barriers - including absence from study for a prolonged period and the current social, working and economic status of the participants.
The VU – Western Health partnership has produced a number of great outcomes over the last two years and has promoted the personal development of the participants to overcome challenges related to perceived or actual social, cultural and economic disadvantage.
Thanks to the program, over 150 nurses have graduated with a Diploma of Nursing and more graduates are now pursuing further and higher education pathways, a demonstration of the University's commitment to lifelong learning.
The Western Health Education Management team are aware of the importance of providing education opportunities to support and nurture the growth of all staff and secure the health of the community. This collaborative venture highlights the gains that can be made for individuals, organisations and communities when investment is made into workforce development and growth.
"The primary aim is to ensure staff are appropriately trained and qualified, and continue to learn and develop" says Annette de Jager, Western Health Accredited & Workforce Training Manager.
The 2013 Victorian Training Awards will be held on Friday 6 September at the Palladium at Crown.