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TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship

2016: Awarded to Dr Ross McLennan, TAFE Queensland

Dr Ross McLennan, pictured, the Principal Teacher, Music, at TAFE Queensland, Brisbane campus is the winner of the TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship for 2016.

Ross will receive $6,000 through the scholarship to support his research into innovative internship models for music students.

His interest is in commercial models of internship that support students financially and improve their entrepreneurial skills and employment opportunities. The outcomes of his research will inform new industry partnerships models and practices in TAFE Queensland.


2015: Awarded to Peter Hurley – Project Manager, Bendigo Kangan TAFE.

Peter’s research proposal : This project will look at how the TAFE sector can play an effective role as part of Australia’s response to unemployment through innovative Work for the Dole programs. It will look at how TAFE can create successful models of engaging theunemployed by linking them to training. The research will look at: program design, engagement strategies with jobseekers, how to recruit employers, how to maintain relationships with industry, program promotion, and transitioning job seekers to employment.

 Read the final report here 

2014: Awarded to David McLean from RMIT University. David is the Deputy Head of School Industry Group Manager in the School of Vocational Business Education at RMIT.

David’s proposal seeks to investigate innovative funding and training delivery models for new micro-business start-ups in the Health and Community Services Sector with the aim of increasing graduate success in business and developing stronger relationships with industry.

Read the final report here