Innovation models

Reinvention through Innovation


In late 2008 West Coast TAFE engaged Dr John Mitchell from John Mitchell & Associates to prepare a case study publication on examples of best practice across West Coast TAFE.

The field work was undertaken from January-May 2009.

The resultant publication is called Reinvention through Innovation.


The project brief was as follows:

1. Identify and document multiple examples of best practice across West Coast TAFE. These case studies should cover a range of clients from individuals to enterprises and demonstrate how West Coast TAFE is working effectively to help develop the State's workforce

2. Interrogate these examples to identify those themes or elements that are consistent throughout and which illustrate the 'West Coast Way': Resourceful, Agile and Partnered (the origins and intended purpose of this expression are explained in the following interview with Norman Baker)

3. Using these common themes, assist Corporate Executive in developing a practical model for innovation/continuous improvement

4. Identify the skill sets required to implement this model and assist Corporate Executive in developing a 'Workforce Development Framework'.

Emerging Futures: Innovation in Teaching and Learning in VET

This report on Innovation in Teaching and Learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector demonstrates that pressures for change are flowing with increasing force into teaching and learning practice within VET. As a consequence of this ongoing change, wider, deeper and more frequent innovation is now needed in VET teaching and learning practices. Click here to download.

Skilling Regional Australia

This publication contains four case studies, one from each of four community colleges in regional NSW. Each case study illustrates a different example of how the colleges are adding value to one or more of the following: the region, by enhancing regional development; the enterprise, by increasing workforce productivity; the community, in building social capital; and the individual learner, in improving human capital. To help monitor and increase the impact of the four members of this alliance, Community Colleges Connect, they devised a model to highlight the different domains in which their colleges make a difference. Click here to download

Developing effective partnerships with industry

In 2008 we developed a model for effective partnerships between TAFE NSW and enterprises, set out in the report entitled Improving the Bottom Line.