Inclusion and innovation in Flexible Learning in and for the Workplace: Stories from Australian Learning Cities
Presenter: ALA, ALCN, EU Centre of Excellence - RMIT University, PASCAL Observatory, Hume City Council and Melton City Council. When: Wednesday 9th November @ 9am AEDT Duration: 1.5 hrs Cost: Free
There are skills shortages in a range of occupations across Australia and internationally and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic. While Governments, industry and educational institutions are working on solutions, it is vital to ensure that underrepresented groups in society are not left behind in accessing all levels of education, vocational education and training and Adult Learning and Education (ALE). This event will feature an opening address on the importance of inclusive and effective learning environments for learning cities/local governments. The City of Hume will showcase an innovation ecosystem Hume Multiversity – a partnership between business, education, and the community that provides a range of programmes and services especially targeting diverse groups. The City of Melton will showcase a Council/Industry partnership, WorkSafe White Card training workshops aimed at participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Learning for and in the workplace is a key building block of a UNESCO Learning City or Region. In addition, CONFINTEA VII Marrakech Framework for Action for Adult Learning and Education (ALE) committed to creating flexible learning pathways within and between types of work. Recognition of prior learning, the validation and accreditation of non-formal and informal learning should include all sections of the population.
Read Dr. Leone Wheeler’s piece on the webinar here.
Dr Leone Wheeler, Hon. CEO Australian Learning Communities Network (ALCN) and Associate in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University and Board Member of PASCAL International Observatory.
Associate Professor Jose Roberto ‘Robbie’Guevara
Robbie is an adult, community and popular educator with expertise in education for sustainable development and global citizenship. He is the President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and a Board Member for Asia-Pacific of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). He is Associate Professor of International Development at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2016 Robbie was awarded a CONFINTEA Research Scholarship to conduct research on adult education and resilience. Robbie was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in October 2012 for his contribution to adult learning in Asia-Pacific.
Jenny is the CEO of Adult Learning Australia (ALA), a national not-for-profit peak body for adult learning and community education that has been operating for more than 62 years with a diverse membership from across Australia. ALA envisions equitable access to learning for all Australians to support social cohesion and economic prosperity. Jenny has an extensive history of working in the community sector and local government and is passionate about adult and community education (ACE) and how it can transform lives. Her tertiary qualifications include the social sciences, community cultural development, the arts and adult education.
Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow, and experienced in adult education, VET and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. He is Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning within the Faculty of Education and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning. He also co-convenes a research cluster on Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education.
Maria Dimitriou has been the Coordinator Local Employment Partnerships at Hume City Council since 2011. Maria has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Local Jobs for Local People initiative in Hume, the introduction of three Talent Communities, the Hume Jobs and Skills Taskforce and the relaunch of Hume Multiversity 2.0. Prior to her current role Maria has over 20 years’ experience in the community sector and the Federal Government public service sector. Her experience is diverse, working in training and employment, housing and homelessness and income support. Her expertise has been in project management, advocacy, policy development and stakeholder engagement. Collective impact, strong partnerships and networks are integral in achieving economic participation and maximising access to employment and training opportunities. Maria believes providing people with this support is important for social inclusion and will lead to stronger and prosperous communities.
Professor Bruce Wilson is the Director of the EU Centre in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. He is a researcher, practitioner and has been an advisor on place-based innovation and on learning city developments for various organisations and communities.
Mina is working as a community activation & learning officer with City of Melton and currently managing one of the biggest community centres in the municipality. Mina’s background is teaching for 8 years and also managing pre-accredited ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) courses for over 4 years at various Learn Local providers. Mina is passionate in leveraging her education background in program design and thinking innovatively to boost community participation. Powered up by her love for community development, she always prioritises positive learning experiences and community autonomy as a focus of her work and interactions.