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Sustaining Partnerships between Schools and Industry: A Minerals and Energy Case

, , , Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

IJAVET Volume 7, Number 4, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global


Internationally, there is a growing body of research on industry-school partnership, particularly regarding the principles that contribute to effective and efficient partnership models that facilitate vocational-industrial education. However, there are very few articles in the literature that seek to understand the sustainability of industry-school partnerships. Hence, this paper adopted ecological system principles as a framework for understanding the threats that impact on the sustainability of such partnership arrangements. The author reports on a large-scale government led industry-school partnership, the Gateway to Industry Schools Program, established in Queensland, Australia. Central to this initiative is the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), a lead organisation for 34 schools and 12 multi-national sponsor companies. This research used an explanatory case study methodology sourcing data through interviews and documents. The main findings were that resilience and adaptive capacity are critical principles for the sustainability of ISPs.


Flynn, M., Pillay, H. & Watters, J. (2016). Sustaining Partnerships between Schools and Industry: A Minerals and Energy Case. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 7(4), 72-84. IGI Global. Retrieved September 29, 2022 from .