VET HACK has been created to transform and reinvigorate Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) agencies, setting them up for a sharper focus and success into 2017.

There are eight components to VET HACK that makes it transformational:

  1. A rocking MC from the startup world
  2. Connections across the startup ecosystem and VET networks
  3. Inspirational and informative speakers from the startup scene and VET
  4. Mentors that have expertise in entrepreneurship, startups and/or VET
  5. Opportunity to work intensively using a lean methodology
  6. Outputs that make a huge difference to your clients and team
  7. Recognised leaders that will judge the final pitches and award prizes
  8. Student participation with work placements like no other

RTO employees work together with students and mentors to “growth hack” VET policies, products, processes, resources, systems or services.

Students gain credible, workplace based experience to contribute towards making them highly desirable employees.

And in two days you will achieve what you would usually think would take months!

What is VET HACK similar to?

VET HACK has a different format and outcomes but is similar in facilitation to:

VET HACK focuses on existing businesses (not startups, however spin offs might be possible) and in the context of VET reform, changes and challenging markets.

How does it work?

Organisations pay a nominal team fee and for students there is a small fee to participate.

One week prior to the event each participating organisation will submit a video covering who they are, why they are in VET, what the RTO provides, what they think they do well and what might need to be improved.

Who should participate?

The ideal participants are RTO’s are looking to make changes and improve their approach rapidly.  They need to be quick decision makers, open to change, ready to share information, all to help teams members work on the RTO.

You can only participate if all of the decision makers in the RTO are accessible (preferably present) for the duration of VET HACK.

What will happen?

The idea is for all aspects of your RTO to be reviewed and as many improvements made as possible.

You will have 180 seconds to pitch the expertise and experience you need for your RTO to the potential team members in the room at the start of the event.

When the pitches are over, the networking starts and people will have 20 minutes to sell themselves to the RTO/team they want to work with.  At the end of the session the RTO’s will have a team of up to 10 team members.

The target number of people participating in this event is 100-200.

What might the schedule look like? (subject to your feedback of course!)

Pre-night (alternative is to fit into 2 days but this might be a squeeze)

5.30 pm Registration starts

6.00 pm Dinner and networking

7.00 pm Welcome and Speakers

7.30 pm Pitches start

8.00 pm Teams start forming and discuss ideas; inventory of skills and plan for the morning

Day 1

9.00 am Arrive and coffee

9.15 am Speaker

9.30 am Teams formed and set up workspace; idea generation

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Specialist mentors arrive

4.30 pm check in status reports, calls for help

5.00 pm Finished for the day

Day 2

9.00 am Arrive and coffee

9.15 am Speaker

9.30 am Review and calls for help

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Mentor pitch practice

3.00 pm prep for pitches

3.45 pm final pitches

4.15 pm Speaker whilst judging takes place

4.40 pm Top 3 pitches announced, prizes awarded

5.00 pm Wrap up and close

What expertise are we looking for?

Expertise that will be highly desirable for team members includes:

  • Web development
  • Systems and process
  • HR management and recruitment
  • Business and strategic planning
  • Accounting and finance
  • Technology apps and efficiency
  • Marketing and branding
  • Social media expertise
  • Graphic design
  • Social media
  • Presentation
  • Assessment and learning
  • elearning
  • Product and service design
  • VET reform and priorities

How long do you have?

VET HACK will run from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm however teams can work together in their own time outside of the official start and finish times.

The event is run over 2 days and a 1 day format is possible with a focus on Rapid Product Development.

What about Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property will remain with the RTO and the talent release form will reflect this requirement.

All participants will be required to sign a talent release form.

What criteria are pitches judged on?

Problem vs. solution/s – Unique Value Proposition
Brand, image and presentation tools
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
Testing and validation
Pitch
Scalable and saleable?

Contact Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint via wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au to discuss how VET HACK could transform your RTO.

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