Holmesglen Institute and Royal Children's Hospital Collaboration Holmesglen has won the 2019 Australian Training Awards in industry collaboration for our work with the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). This is the third consecutive year Holmesglen has been a finalist for the Industry Collaboration Award at a national level, having won the Victorian award for industry collaboration three years in a row. Working together towards a common vision, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute have created an enriching pathway to employment for young people with disability. Australia’s first Integrated Practical Placement Program is an innovative model combining industry, education and support services. Students enthusiastically perform roles that fulfil a business need and contribute to the hospital’s daily operations. Students undertake three nine-week rotations across different departments within the hospital with formal training also taking place each day. Where possible, participants are supported to transition into paid employment. Piloted in 2018, the program exemplifies how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Results to date show that 80 per cent of students have gained employment, with others pursuing further studies. All staff associated with the program, and the parents of the participants, have expressed a sense of enrichment in facilitating this innovative social inclusion program. The program is delivered with the support of Wise Employment and the NDIS. Holmesglen is extremely honoured to be a winner at the Australian Training Awards, which is the national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. To find out more about the industry collaboration, see our partners page.