08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Welcome Address

Speakers
Noel Edge,
Executive Director
Graduate Careers Australia
TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

09:10

Embracing innovative employability initiatives for the 21st century 

  • Helping students to develop their marketability in a tight labour market
  • Developing courses that emphasise real-world employment skills and industry-based learning initiatives
  • DeakinTalent – Harnessing digital technologies to connect students with employers and linking them to career development and application workshops
Speakers
Professor Dineli Mather,
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate Employment
Deakin University

09:50

Keynote Panel: Trends and emerging challenges for Australia’s graduate labour market 

  • What is employability, really, and what are the factors that contribute to greater employability? Are Australian students graduating with the right skills?
  • Looking at innovative models of connecting industry and higher education providers
  • What will the graduate employment market look like in the next 5 years?
Panelists
Innes Willox,
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Group
Andrew Norton,
Program Director of Higher Education
Grattan Institute
Professor Jeff Borland,
Truby Williams Professor of Economics
University of Melbourne
Professor Joanne Wright,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The University of Queensland

10:40

Networking Morning Break

PAVING THE WAY TO EMPLOYABILITY – CASE STUDIES FROM LEADING INSTITUTIONS

11:00

Preparing our PhD students for the global workforce 

  • Identifying core skills that graduates lack for the workplace
  • Building their employability and competitiveness in the job market through soft skills
  • Promoting authentic assessment activities that are aligned with industry practices
  • Helping employers understand how to leverage the skills of these graduate students
Speakers
Professor Bernadine Van Gramberg,
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research and Research Training)
Swinburne University

11:40

TAFE: Providing highly specialised vocational training and getting our students work-ready 

  • What sets a TAFE student apart from their counterparts?
  • Strategies to embed crucial employability skills into vocational training for successful employment outcomes
  • Enhancing student employability through emphasis on adaptability, flexibility and practical application skills
Speakers
Mary Faraone,
Chief Executive
Holmesglen

12:20

Networking Lunch

13:10

Taking bold steps in nurturing career-ready graduates 

  • Key objectives of developing a 'Career Ready' strategy and framework
  • Career Ready App - gamifying the serious business of developing the soft skills employers are looking for 
  • Implementing a multidisciplinary, industry-focused approach to teaching
Speakers
Professor Leigh Drake,
Pro Vice Chancellor (Employability and Postgraduate Coursework)
La Trobe University

13:50

Panel: Influencing employability and career outcomes from secondary school education 

  • Restoring the focus on STEM subjects in high schools
  • How to achieve stronger links between what high school students are learning in school and the requirements of the modern workplace?
  • How will the Pathway in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) pilot change industry engagement WITH and involvement in the learning and development of young people?
  • Understanding how students are making decisions on further studies after high school
Panelists
Patrick Kelly,
Business Development Manager
St Patrick's Technical College
Patrick O'Reilly,
Principal
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College
Tim Owens,
Recruitment Consultant
Recruitment Consultant
Tricia Mason-Smith,
Executive Officer, Education
Australian Industry Trade College

14:30

Networking Afternoon Tea

STRENGTHENING INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS 

14:50

Partnerships Panel:  Leveraging industry partnerships to nurture the next generation of future - ready graduates 

  • How can we take industry partnerships to the next level and further engage businesses to develop employees for the future?
  • Overcoming challenges and barriers to effective industry partnerships 
  • Developing sustainable industry linkages through vocational education
  • How to leverage work-integrated learning for win-win employment outcomes – Industry linked projects, learning study tours, accreditation placements, professional internships
Panelists
Norman Gray,
Chief Executive Officer
Box Hill Institute
Renee Hamilton,
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Universities Australia
John Gurskey,
Director, Career Management Centre
Melbourne Business School
Iain Brotherson,
Careers Consultant, Student Experience and Career Development
Australian National University

15:40

PwC’s perspective on graduate employment and industry partnerships

  • How are we attracting talent with the right blend of skills and competencies?
  • How can employers contribute to the employability process?
  • What are the platforms we use to source and engage with these talents? 
Speakers
Julie Duncan,
Director Talent Acquisition
PwC Australia

16:20

Day One in Focus

In this interactive session, Dr Noel Edge, Executive Director of Graduate Careers Australia will highlight top talking points across the day's sessions. Attendees will group up for table discussions, giving you the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives and brainstorm innovative ideas around common themes and pressing topics such as:
  • Bridging gaps between industry needs and academic curriculum; and the employers vs students vs institutions’ expectations gap on employability
  • Developing sustainable industry partnerships through higher engagement, WIL and digital platforms

16:50

Chairperson’s Closing Address & End of Conference Day One

17:10

Networking Drinks

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Welcome Address

Speakers
Nuala O'Donnell,
Interim Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability
University of Wollongong
TOP EMPLOYERS – WINNING THE WAR FOR GRADUATE TALENT

09:10

Leading the charge in talent recruitment and development

  • Attracting graduates with broad knowledge bases and strong integrative skills that goes beyond any one discipline 
  • Addressing barriers to building effective partnerships with the higher education sector
  • Are we employers looking at a skills gap, or could it be an awareness gap? The need for greater clarity of how academic curriculum has equipped graduates with necessary employability attributes 
  • Investing in talent development strategies to continually enhance employability beyond recruitment
Speakers
Samantha Cummins,
Head of Resourcing
BP ANZ

09:50

Employers Panel:  Will today’s graduates want to work for you?

  • What are the key traits, competencies and skills top employers are looking out for?
  • What platforms do employers prefer to use to source and engage with these talents? 
  • Best practice talent recruitment strategies
  • What makes an employer attractive to millennials - reputation, workplace culture, flexible working arrangements, digital-savvy workforce
  • What works in contemporary talent retention? What are the modern hiring methods?
Panelists
Helen Hovenga,
Group HR Manager
Newcrest Mining
Shaun Corrigan,
HR Leader
GE Australia
Helen Fraser,
Director of Human Resources
AECOM
Andrew Chapman,
Head of Engineering – Aerospace
BAE Systems Australia
Emma Taylor,
Senior Manager - National Graduate Talent Acquisition
Deloitte

10:40

Networking Morning Break

11:00

Exploring employment opportunities with small businesses and start-ups

  • Recognising the benefits of working in a startup/small to medium businesses environment which nurtures risk-takers and innovation
  • What kind of attributes do entrepreneurs seek in new hires? Identifying the right mix of talent, flexibility and skills that will thrive in a start-up environment 
  • Exploring creative strategies to engage and attract high performing graduates – Creative branding, weaving impact-driven language into recruiting material, mentoring programs and opportunities for self-growth 
Speakers
Alan Dormer,
Chief Executive
Opturion
Liz Jakubowski,
Director
CSIRO
Megan Shellie,
Consultant (Recent student intern)
EY

11:40

Applying “Skills-Mixing” in higher education is key to future innovation

  • STEM education is crucial, but is STEM input sufficient to turn technical skills and knowledge into innovative outputs?
  • What can universities do to build skills mixing into their curriculums, pedagogy and research to align them more dynamically with 21st century workforce requirements
Speakers
Stuart Cunningham AM,
Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications
Queensland University of Technology

12:20

Networking Lunch

PERSPECTIVES FROM REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

13:30

Regional Panel: How can we enhance the employability of regional graduates?

  • Discussing the current landscape of regional education 
  • Looking at the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education for insights into improving student employability outcomes 
  • Learning from success stories in achieving strong employment outcomes in regional areas
Panelists
Professor Andrew McAuley,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Southern Cross University
Professor Joy Higgs,
Professor in Higher Education
Charles Sturt University
Professor Shelley Kinash,
Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching
University of Southern Queensland

14:00

Aligning higher education curriculum with industry talent needs

  • Crafting curriculum focused on key industry needs
  • Engaging students and industry professionals in course design and delivery 
  • Delivering learning opportunities with local and regional partners
Speakers
Professor Josua Pienaar,
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning And Teaching)
CQUniversity

14:40

Networking Afternoon Tea

THE FUTURE IN GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY

15:00

Insights to build a disruptive but effective, holistic approach to employability based on an award-winning Career Development and Employability Model

  • Design principles for the architecture underpinning a holistic integrated career development and employability model 
  • Career development theories and frameworks informing the model and student’s understanding of how to become proactive career builders during their time at university  
  • Scaffolded, student-centred curriculum, assessment, support and experiential learning that addresses students’ needs and alleviates their concerns about future careers 
  • Connecting and engaging students with industry, industry with students - 3 proven sustainable methods
Speakers
Angela Dressler,
Honorary Fellow Career Development and Employability
Victoria University

15:40

Empowering students and giving them ownership of employment outcomes

  • Discussing how schools can guide undergraduates to be proactive in building their own pathways to successful employment
  • What are the alternative strategies undergraduates can apply to improve their employability - volunteering, international exchange programs, social media networks, developing graduate portfolios etc.
  • Increasing the technological abilities of students to keep up with digital hiring methods
Speakers
Associate Professor Angela Carbone,
Director of Education Excellence in the Office of the Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching)
Monash University

16:20

Day Two in Focus

n this interactive session, our day two chairperson will highlight top talking points across the day's sessions. Attendees will group up for table discussions, giving you the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives and brainstorm innovative ideas around common themes and pressing topics such as:
  • The employer’s role in developing graduate employability 
  • How to future-proof our graduates for a new knowledge economy 

16:50

Chairperson’s Closing Address

17:00

End of Conference Day Two

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