New training initiative aims to boost skills

by Brett Henebery03 Jul 2017
An Australian university has teamed up with a leading car manufacturer to roll out a new hands-on course that will provide crucial problem-solving skills to students

Honda Australia announced its “industry and educational engagement” with the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation last week, saying it would “open the doors” to networking and potentially career opportunities in the automotive industry.

As an industry partner of the university’s award-winning Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII), Honda Australia will join with UTS students and BCII staff to workshop and solve complex scenarios with the potential for the winning idea to be brought to life.
The partnership will offer students an opportunity to meet with seasoned professionals from Honda and workshop possible solutions to a brief, as well as enjoy access to guidance on a career in innovation.
Stephen Collins, Honda Australia Director, said the collaboration with UTS BCII students “fuels creative thinking and problem solving”.
“While Australia no longer manufactures vehicles, there is still enormous opportunity for graduates considering a move to the automotive sector,” Collins said in a statement.
“This includes product planning, right through to engineering and customer-facing roles at a grassroots dealership level.”
Louise McWhinnie, Dean of the UTS Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, said the BCII provides industry with unique insight into the university’s future graduates.

“In turn, our graduates gain immense insight from collaborating with such rich industry knowledge,” she said.

“Honda Australia has a heritage that has been resonating with Australians for generations and we welcome the opportunity to apply innovation to real-world issues facing the automobile industry.”

McWhinnie added that the students were “equally thrilled” and that she looks forward to seeing the ideas produced through the unique workshops.

The collaborative workshops will take place in the BCII module ‘Past, Present and Future of Innovation’ from 10 to 14 July 2017.

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