RMIT’s School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences has been granted a Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) worth $3.5 million in a Victorian first.
The State Government funding connects training providers like RMIT and industry to develop and implement strategies to improve students’ learning outcomes so they are ready for the ever changing world of work.
RMIT is the first Victorian vocational education institution to be granted a fund, with the University’s Diploma of Nursing the first to benefit.
More than $1.5 million of the funding will be spent on the Transforming Enrolled Nurse Education- From conventional learning to situated learning” program, which was launched at RMIT Bundoora on May 4. The initiative not only provides students with invaluable skills, development and experience but also responds to Victoria’s growing need for more enhanced healthcare.
The program, to be delivered in partnership with Northern Health, allows Diploma of Nursing students to step out of the classroom and into the health services’ world-class facilities as part of their studies, exposing them to valuable academic and clinical experiences.
Director of Industry Initiatives and Engagement Debbie Reynolds spoke volumes of the new collaboration.
"We know the healthcare sector wants fit-for-purpose staff and we are excited that we can help our students gain increased practical experience so they are employable and ready for work,’’ Ms Reynolds said.
“Northern Health is leading the way in innovation in the health industry, while RMIT is championing new ways of delivering education, so this partnership is a great fit.’’
Executive Dean, School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences Peter Ryan said the partnership was already proving to be successful.
"The partnership created an opportunity to deliver innovative training solutions to support real-time requirements in the health sector aligned to strategic growth and employment opportunities driven by government,’’ Mr Ryan said.
Diploma of Nursing students can undertake the program at Northern Health’s campuses at Bundoora, Broadmeadows and Epping.
Story: Maddy Pattison