The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) started its life in the heart of Melbourne as the Working Men’s College on 7 June, 1887. Since then it has constantly evolved and grown in response to changing student needs, new education standards and most recently, to meet unfolding future trends.
From a local technical college providing education in the arts, technology and trades to working men and women, the University has become a leader of technology, design and enterprise – offering postgraduate, undergraduate and vocational programs.
It now has stellar city and online campuses which offer a full spectrum of degrees and courses to almost 100,000 students. It also leads the way with thought provoking industry research to influence how education providers, organisations and individuals learn, develop and grow and prepare for future jobs.
As part of its commitment to building a community of lifelong learners who can successfully navigate the world of work, RMIT Online recently commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to conduct specific research which resulted in the ‘Ready, set, upskill: Effective training for the jobs of tomorrow’ report. Findings are helping RMIT to bridge the gap between what skills the economy and organisations need, and how these can be translated into the University’s portfolio of credentialed future skills.
We know asking the hard questions stimulates debate and progress, and research is instrumental to informing what the education sector should – and could – focus on. For example, who is responsible for helping individuals and organisations develop the skills of the future? Should workers and individuals take agency of their personal development? And who is looking at the modalities and inter-sector relationships so Australia’s higher education students benefit from learning the right skills to meet future demands?