Learning Showcase Keynote Address

Judie Kay Judie Kay

Judie Kay is Assistant Director, Careers and Employability at RMIT and President of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), Australia’s national association for Work integrated learning.

Judie is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of RMIT career and employability strategies and the provision of employer engagement activities and initiatives. These include oversight of the development of the universities co curricula award , Future Edge including the development of mirco credentials, mentoring programs, WIL support and systems  for the university , all student facing services and events, embedding careers into the curriculum and development of career, employability and WIL resources for RMIT students and staff globally. Currently Judie also is leading a university wide set of strategic projects on employability including the development of RMIT‘s Employability Plan.

Judie has extensive experience in Industry engagement and the strategic implementation of University wide WIL policy, systems and projects in three Universities. She has been involved in a range of national WIL projects including project lead for the National WIL Portal and OLT projects Leading WIL project and and a WIL project developing resources for WIL partnerships. Currently Judie is Project Lead for an ATN Grant identifying and exploring innovative WIL models to enhance student employability and better engage with the work force of the 21 Century with QUT, Curtin, Ai Group and ACCI. Judie also chairs an ATN working group in Employability and Work integrated learning.

In addition, Judie holds the position of President of ACEN, the peak Australian body for work integrated learning and in that role advocates for employability and work integrated learning nationally and is regularly invited to speak on these topics. Judie is active internationally advocating for WIL, facilitating collaboration between National Associations and leading the development of an online global WIL professional development program. Judie led ACEN’s involvement in the development and is a signatory to Australia’s National Work Integrated Learning Strategy. In addition, Judie represents Australia on the WACE Board, the international WIL association and has been elected to represent all eight National WIL Associations on the WACE Executive Committee. Judie is also a member of the International Research committee for WIL . Judie was awarded The WACE international award for “Excellence in innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Co-operative education and Work integrated learning “in 2015.