Workshop H:

Innovation in employability 

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 1–4pm
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Registration fee: $295/$345


Employability has long been a critical challenge for Australia’s international education sector.
How can education providers ensure international graduates have the skills they need to compete in the global labour market? What roles do employers, government and students play in improving graduate employment outcomes? These are urgent questions for the Australian education sector in the context of an increasingly competitive global environment.

Initiatives such as the National Strategy on Work-Integrated Learning have made strident progress on enhancing opportunities for international students to gain valuable, credit-bearing experience in the workplace. However, this is only one component of the employability jigsaw puzzle.

This workshop will focus on innovation in employability. How are education providers and government using innovation to enhance employability? How can we utilise technology and virtual programs to overcome geographical distance and develop students’ global business nous?  What role can education and technology start-ups play when it comes to making students more employable?


Gerard Holland, Co-Founder and CEO, Outcome.Life, Australia

Domenic Saporito, Co-Founder and COO, Outcome.Life, Australia

Beau Leese, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Intersective, Australia

Mita Das, Manager Job Smart Program, the University of Sydney, Australia 

Judie Kay, Assistant Director, Careers and Employment, RMIT University; and President, Australian Collaborative Education Network, Australia

Judith Uren, Manager Student Initiatives, International Education, Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Australia

Nannette Ripmeester, Director, Expertise in Labour Mobility, Netherlands (CHAIR)

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore innovative approaches to enhancing international student employability.
  • Discover how technology can enhance employability and graduate outcomes.

Target audience:

  • Education providers and senior government policymakers 
  • Career development and employment professionals
  • Education and technology start-ups
  • Business and industry representatives

Key interest area:

Graduates, skills and employment (GS&E) 

Other interest area(s):

  • Learning and teaching (L&T)
  • Students (STU)


This workshop is suitable for professionals in the following sectors:

  • Higher education/university (HE)
  • Vocational education & training (VET)