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Melbourne Polytechnic Design Forum hosts Federal Minister Hon. Simon Birmingham

27 May 2015

Federal Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, visited Melbourne Polytechnic on Tuesday 19 May to participate in the joint Career Lounge and Melbourne Polytechnic Design Forum.

The Design Forum was initiated by Career Lounge and Melbourne Polytechnic to give students and staff the opportunity to interact with industry stakeholders, and to provide a platform for forging strong links with the Design industry.

Assistant Minister Birmingham took the opportunity to attend the forum to hear from students in a question and answer session, and to observe how industry interacts with educators to inform the development of industry relevant training. Assistant Minister Birmingham is currently leading the federal VET Reform Taskforce.

“It was a wonderful chance for students and staff to discuss with Assistant Minister Birmingham the transition from education to work and the associated challenges they can face along the way,” said Glenn Blair, Head of Faculty, Creative Arts.

The Forum commenced with an introduction by Glenn Blair covering the collaboration of Melbourne Polytechnic and Career Lounge through Comet, an online portal, which provides opportunities for interaction between educators, industry and employers. Currently, Melbourne Polytechnic hosts four ‘villages’ within Comet including Design, Hairdressing and Beauty, Entrepreneurs, and Property and Property Services.

Rodger Carroll, Head of Department, Design, followed with an overview of the Design program delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic, which has produced students such as Amanda Camilleri, who took out the top prize in the 2014 Grand Designs Live – Rooms By Design competition, and won a trip to the UK for Britain’s Grand Designs Live show in 2015.

Assistant Minister Birmingham then hosted in interactive student forum, giving students the chance to share their thoughts on education and employment, and ask the Assistant Minister questions.

After subsequent sessions outlining Melbourne Polytechnic’s overall strategy, and an industry panel discussion, Assistant Minister Birmingham then addressed the attendees, followed by a question and answer session.

“All in all, it was an incredibly valuable day for everyone who attended, and we really appreciate the time taken by Assistant Minister Birmingham to join us,” said Glenn Blair. “We thank Career Lounge for their work in helping make this forum happen, and we look forward to future productive collaborations with industry and the government.”

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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and seven specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east and Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.