RMIT have developed an authentic, simulated, non-placement WIL project for final year engineering students unable to do an engineering work placement. This bespoke WIL module was developed in collaboration with an engineering consultancy drawing on a real-world engineering project.
The ‘Impact of WIL on Student Work-readiness’ OLT funded project concluded in 2014 with findings that validated the impact of WIL on the preparedness of graduates for the workforce.
An extension grant: ‘Developing strategies to maximise industry contribution and engagement with the WIL experience’ was awarded in 2015. This project further investigated WIL curriculum frameworks and ways to enhance the capacity of industry to support students undertaking WIL.
Some key approaches to consider when establishing a relationship with an educational institution for WIL placements and projects.
Some key practical activities and approaches to consider when preparing a student for WIL with your organisation