University launches Australia-first training program

by Brett Henebery15 May 2017
When it comes to the 21st century skills that organisations expect their employees to have, digital competency, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are some that stand out.

However, ‘big picture’ thinking is equally important – and to recognise this, one university has today launched an Australia-first co-curricular training program aimed at instilling 'big-picture' thinking in students across all faculties.

The ‘Transformer’ program is being offered to all students and can be completed at their own pace in three phases – Inspiration, Exploration and Transformation – over the course of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Bond vice-chancellor, Tim Brailsford, told The Australian that the program addresses the skills that are needed in the modern workforce.

“It’s about giving students the opportunity to undertake and experience entrepreneurial activity, but there is no requirement it leads to a commercial business venture,” he said.

More than 90 students have already enrolled in the program, which is available year-round at no cost.

The program is being overseen by an independent Advisory Circle of industry heavyweights, including Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Blue Sky Alternative Investments founder Mark Sowerby, Virgin Australia director David Baxby, ECP Asset Management co-founder and portfolio manager Jared Pohl and GoldBean founder and chief executive Jane Barratt.

Bond University will also unveil a new cutting-edge co-working space, situated in the Bond Business School, which will be the home of the Transformer.

The innovative space will provide a dedicated place for students of all disciplines to come together and access academics, industry experts, mentors, workshops and events.

The launch of the program follows a $2.5m investment in the new offering, as well as a $1.5bn investment by the Federal Government as part of its newly announced Skilling Australians Fund.

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