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The development of graduate capabilities through planned learning experiences in an Industry Mentoring Program.

Loraine Grant.

The first year full time students are placed into Textiles, Clothing, Footwear & Leather (TCF & L) enterprises within the Fashion and Textiles Industry, to co-facilitate learning and to be mentored by the companies. The students benefit from this exchange because the participating company provides an actual learning experience with genuine problem solving.

In the first semester, the students undertake a research and fieldwork assignment by conducting a situation analysis on their individual companies. The analysis makes recommendations how the company can increase its market share.

In semester 2, the students conduct market research to identify a product development and marketing opportunities for the company. As a result of their findings, the students develop a marketing plan to take the product to the marketplace.

This collaboration provides innovation for the company and provides an inspirational setting for the students to modify or develop products that are commercially viable.

The level of market research and other investigations handled by the students reveal strategic recommendations to further any market potential for the company,

The students are supported by a group of course teachers working together in a team teaching environment to integrate communication skills through a series of planned learning experiences which lead to the development of graduate capabilities.


Loraine Grant  (Australia)
Training Co-ordinator, Merchandising
School of Fashion & Textiles Faculty of Art Design & Communication
RMIT University

Loraine has been teaching and delivering communication skills across a range of different contexts within a retail environment from an employer's perspective to stand-alone subjects in vocational education and training environments. Her PhD (By Project - Action Research) studies are now focused on how communication skills can be integrated within a training package program. The action research project strongly identifies with the changing role of teachers for the 21st century.
Loraine works in a collaborative working arrangement with program teachers. The learning approaches are experiential and focus on industry mentoring projects, interactive teaching, planned learning experiences and a range of assessment tasks, which focus on the development of student capabilities. The project provides the opportunity to explore how generic skills are developed from a range of diverse contexts and different groups which enables her to draw from her own experiences as an employer and VET teacher and project researcher to give credence and value to future vocational education policies and good practices on the development of generic skills for increased workplace competence.

  • Work-integrated learning
  • Graduate capabilities
  • Mentoring
  • Integration of communication skills
  • Transferable skills
  • Team teaching
  • Group collaborative learning
  • Live retail and product development initiatives
  • Research
Person as Subject
  • Teachers and students in Certificate IV in Clothing Production

(30 min Conference Paper, English)