Expanding Work Integrated Learning (WIL) possibilities: enhancing student employability through innovative WIL models
Funded by: Australian Technology Network (ATN) Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 2017.
Endorsed by: Australian Collaborative Education Network
This project is focused on identifying and showcasing successful innovative models of work integrated learning (WIL).
Making up over 95 per cent of businesses in Australia, SMEs are a priority in the National WIL Strategy (Universities Australia et al., 2015). Any expansion of WIL opportunities will be seriously limited if there is not continuing system-wide attention given to enabling greater engagement and capacity, particularly in the SME and community-based sectors. This project aims to broaden industry and community engagement in WIL, particularly with small to medium enterprises (SMEs), by showcasing WIL models that overcome constraints to engagement and respond to labour market trends.
Through a collaborative strategic approach that partners universities with the peak Industry Associations this project will identify innovative WIL models that are responsive to partners’ needs and the changing economic and technological landscape. Principles, guidelines and resources will be developed to support the design and implementation of the WIL models.
Project outcomes will be disseminated through ATN Universities and peak industry bodies to increase WIL opportunities for students.
The Project is lead by RMIT University in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, Curtin University, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
The project team would be keen to hear about your innovative WIL Model.