A revitalised partnership that enriches students’ understanding of major projects, the precinct, its priority sectors, and potential career pathways in health and engineering.
Monash LGA students live and learn in an Education, Health, Innovation and Technology precinct, which includes Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital and the new Victorian Heart Hospital.
More broadly, Victoria’s Big Build Projects recently announced that the Suburban Rail Loop will include two rail stations in the Monash Precinct. This ambitious project will create numerous jobs, further generate Monash’s Livable City tag, ease traffic congestion and stimulate our local economy.
In addition, we know our partner schools value careers and pathways opportunities, but COVID and teaching workloads are major constraints to forming the industry relationships required to organise bespoke days, harness technologies and rally the best professional speakers.
So we approached our tertiary partner Holmesglen Institute to help spearhead training for future jobs in both the health and construction sectors.
Holmesglen’s Faculty of Health Science, Youth & Community Services and the Centre for Energy & Infrastructure partnered with Monash Tech School to design and deliver two stand alone Industry Immersion Days; one focusing on Health & Allied Services pathways and the other, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) to profile opportunities in Rail and Underground Projects.
After the lockdowns of 2020, our schools were keen to start the year with face to face opportunities to explore careers and pathways available in the Monash precinct.
These Industry Immersion Days allowed our partner schools students to: i) play with technologies that are usually used in specific industry training sectors, ii) explore careers in growth sectors; and iii) meet professionals and experience an adult learning and corporate HQ environment.
Monash Tech School managed the promotion to schools, administered the documentation and paperwork, organised transport, developed the evaluation process and issued certificates, allowing Holmesglen Institute and other stakeholders to focus on developing the program content.
Both Industry Immersion days were capped at manageable numbers, allowing for a more intimate experience where all students had time to use the technology and equipment, ask questions and complete the industry focused tasks.
Students were pre-organised into small groups and rotated through different tasks across the day. The Health Day included 4 rotations: Life as a Nurse during COVID, SIM Centre, Laboratory Skills and Physio. The Rail Projects day included: Voluminous Matters and Mixed Reality VR which simulated access to the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) whilst underground. All rotations provided insight into tasks, skills and training resources on offer.
Both days included a careers wrap up with a “where to from here” as well as guest industry speakers - Telstra Health, Holmesglen Institute’s Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre and the Level Crossing Removal Authority. Guest speakers provided insight into their own organisation’s careers as well as providing comments about subjects selection, and the technical and transferable skills sets that create a point of difference with entry level job applicants.
The partnership has linked Holmesglen Institute with MTS partner school students who are interested in careers in these sectors but have not had the opportunity to explore what Holmesglen has to offer. It identified current, new, and emerging careers in demand and it utilised technologies currently being used for training in an adult learning environment.