This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make a pro-active and positive contribution to workplace innovation.  It applies to individuals working in any industry or community context, in both small and large organisations who take a pro-active approach to identifying, suggesting and developing ideas about better ways of doing things at a practical operational level in a specific area of activity. While the individual's overall work is undertaken with some supervision and guidance, they apply discretion, judgement and effective interpersonal skills in order to contribute to workplace innovation.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identify ideas for improvements and use information from a range of sources including other people to review and select ideas to put forward for implementation; - communicate the ideas and seek input from others in order to identify how the ideas could be implemented, and; - implement routine changes within scope of responsibility.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the role of individuals in suggesting and making improvements and the importance of pro-active involvement; - list the positive impacts and the challenges of change and innovation; - provide examples of the types of changes that can occur as a result of effective individual participation within own scope of responsibility; - give examples of the types of changes that are within and outside own scope of responsibility; - list typical reasons why suggested improvements or innovations may not be implemented, including operational and management constraints, and; - explain how to prepare and communicate ideas for improvement to maximise likelihood of support.

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