You may be interested in this report just published by NCVER on The contribution of VET student placement to innovation in host organisations.
Vocational education and training (VET) has an important role to play in the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. One of the obvious mechanisms for this contribution is through the development of skills. However, the authors of this report ask whether the student-placement process — whereby VET students are placed in a host organisation to practise their newly acquired skills — can also contribute to innovation in the workplace.
Through four case studies (in early childhood education, nursing, hospitality and community services), this research considers the role of the student, the host organisation and the registered training organisation (RTO) in the likelihood of innovation arising through the student-placement process.
One of the key findings was that WIL students bring contemporary knowledge and skills that produce small scale improvements to work practice at a local level.