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NCSEHE-led project to establish Australia’s first dedicated national Career Development Learning Hub for students with disability

A new National Careers Institute (NCI) Partnership Grant project led by the NCSEHE will establish Australia’s first Career Development Learning (CDL) Hub for students with disability.

The CDL Hub will provide an accessible range of resources, as well as practical examples of programs addressing CDL for students with disability across the student life cycle.

One of 13 projects funded under the first round of the NCI Partnership Grant program, National Career Development Learning Hub for students with disability will direct over $400,000 to improving careers outcomes for students with disability.

Chief Investigator Professor Sarah O’Shea will collaborate with an expert group of researchers1 from the NCSEHE, Curtin University, the University of Wollongong, La Trobe University, the University of Tasmania and Swinburne University of Technology.

The research team will be guided by key stakeholders from relevant bodies including the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET), Centres for Disability Studies and leaders of University Diversity and Student Equity units.

“This project is an exciting opportunity to draw upon major NCSEHE commissioned research as well as the work of NCSEHE Equity Fellows Tim Pitman and David Eckstein,” Professor O’Shea said.

“While students with disability bring valuable qualities to the workforce, this cohort faces unique challenges which often result in disproportionately poor employment outcomes. This project will identify best practice, based on a national audit of existing CDL programs, which will inform a series of pilot programs to enable students with disability to fulfil their potential.”

The NCI Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $700,000 for up to two years to deliver innovative career development services for people at all stages of their careers. The total value of the 13 grants funded under this round is $5.2 million.

1O’Shea, S. (NCSEHE, Curtin University); Austin, K. (University of Wollongong); Pitman, T. (Curtin University); Groves, O. (University of Wollongong/Curtin University); Bennett, D. (Curtin University); Coffey, J. (Curtin University); Dollinger, M. (La Trobe University); Kilpatrick, S. (University of Tasmania); Drane, C. (NCSEHE, Curtin University) & Eckstein, D. (Swinburne University of Technology) & O’Donnell, N. (University of Wollongong). National Career Development Learning Hub for students with disability. National Careers Institute Partnership Grants, Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

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Posted 19 January 2021 Posted in