University of Ballarat
140 years of technical education .. 2020 Vision .. accelerated learning and flexible delivery
"Celebrating 140 Years .... 2020 Vision" .... The existence of the University of Ballarat (UB) dates from 1870 when the School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat was founded making it the third oldest tertiary educational institution in Australia and the oldest technical institution. Today, UB spans both Australian and International boundaries (http://www.ballarat.edu.au/curator). In New South Wales, UB is embedded at the BlueScope Steel - Illawarra Steelworks Site, Port Kembla. The Steelhaven Skills Centre (UBSSC) provides innovation in training and learning with non-linear, customised, inclusive and transportable vocational education and training. For the past nine years, UBSSC has interpreted the needs of industry into relevant, quality, flexible, customer-centred training and assessment. UBSSC offers flexibility in delivering blended training and assessment both on-site and off-site. Learning models recognise skills and knowledge from life experiences. Skills recognition (RCC/RPL) is used as the default position rather than focusing purely on training. Models are outcome driven rather than element driven and progression is through a continuous flow. The site specific training offered at UBSSC include electrotechnology, mechanical, OHS and Lean Manufacturing using experiential learning and guided workshop activities (http://www.ballarat.edu.au/ssc/courses.shtml). UBSSC is a progressive and ever-evolving Educational Skills Centre with a solid grounding in mining, manufacturing and heavy industry. Our academic history and alliance partnerships assure success in translating industry needs into real and tangible outcomes. At UB, we promote lifelong learning and stand by our motto "Learn to Succeed".