WIL Awards

The National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations, institutions and individuals make to work-integrated learning. ACEN recognises that WIL needs institutions and partner organisations to collaborate to provide an authentic learning experience for students engaged in WIL. We also know that individuals within many of our institutions and partner organisations go beyond our expectations and integrate WIL into their operations and activities and work hard to improve the WIL experience for students.

The Collaboration Award criteria

This award is made to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

The collaboration

  • Has been sustained with the university for not less than 3 years.
  • Provides a meaningful WIL experience to students each year.
  • Contributes to the curriculum of the university.
  • Seeks to improve the WIL experience for students.

The Local Hero Award criteria

This award is made to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.

In the relationship

  • The SME that regularly contributes to WIL over an extended period not less than 3 years.
  • The SME contributes in a meaningful way to the students’ WIL experience.
  • WIL forms an integral part of the organisation (e.g. recruitment of graduates, enterprise relies on the WIL partnership, entrepreneurship in WIL, giving back to the profession/community, etc.).

The Excellence in WIL Award criteria

Awarded to the author/s of a published case study that demonstrates outstanding quality and innovation in WIL.
This inaugural award will be presented for the first time at the 2018 ACEN conference.
Visit the WIL case studies for more information.

2016 Collaboration Award

Awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

The 2016 winner is The Salvation Army, Eastern Division, nominated by Macquarie University.

wil-collaboration-macquarieSee a video about the project.

These anti-racism videos  were produced as a result of the project.

https://vimeo.com/144756747

https://vimeo.com/165805164

The other finalists were:

  • Hunter New England Local Health District, Central Coast Local Health District and Mid North Coast Local Health District nominated by The University of Newcastle.
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Physiotherapy Department nominated by Curtin University.

2016 Local Hero Award

Awarded to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.

The 2016 winner is Bakehouse Studio nominated by RMIT University

acen-wil-hero-award-rmit

The other finalists were:

  • Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd (Newcastle Division) nominated by The University of Newcastle.
  • Institute for Respiratory Health nominated by Curtin University.