WIL to Work: enhancing international student capacity through Work Integrated Learning
WIL to Work is a collaborative project supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training. A consortia drawn from 5 partnering Universities (RMIT University, Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, University of South Australia and University of Technology Sydney) are collaborating to develop online modules and resources which will specifically cater to the needs of international students, preparing them for WIL and building their capability in order to optimise their employability outcomes from their experiences. The project proposes to respond directly to the experiences of international students in accessing and benefiting from WIL, as well as supporting industry and community partners to gain maximum benefit from engaging with international students.
WIL Entrepreneurial Edge
The Edge Project explored how university students can develop and evidence enterprise and entrepreneurship capabilities through work integrated learning (WIL) to give students the edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.
Led by researchers at QUT, the project team also included researchers from Curtin University, RMIT University, UTS, University of South Australia and representatives from the Australian Industries Group. The project partnered with innovation site teams, students and alumni from each of the participating universities as well as industry to co-design, pilot and review a range of resources which support the scalability, sustainability and quality of emerging WIL models.
The resources on this website were developed through collaboration between the core project team, eight innovative WIL site leads, and additional academic staff and learning designers from across the partner universities. These resources include four learning modules, eight case studies of enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL, and five assessment and evidencing strategy snapshots. This website also includes information about the peer review process which guided the creation of these resources.
Innovative Working Integrated Learning Models
This Australian Technology Network (ATN) Project in partnership with Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce has investigated innovative ways of engaging students from tertiary institutions for placements or projects particularly for small to medium enterprises and community partners.
The following resources were developed for use by industry, tertiary institutions and students. These resources include snapshots of both curricula and co-curricula examples of the 5 innovative WIL models with industry and community engagement with tertiary institutions. Additionally, there are also snapshots of two key emerging features: stakeholder engagement, brokerage and deep partnership models. Information resources for industry partners and students as well as a self assessment guide for institutions are also available.
Developing strategies to maximise industry contribution and engagement with the Work Integrated Learning experience
This Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project identified strategies to enhance industry engagement in WIL. The project built on the findings and recommendations emerging from the 2014 OLT research project Assessing the impact of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on student work-readiness (SI11-2139). The critical role industry plays in enhancing the quality of WIL and subsequent learning was a key focus of the project. Extensive consultation with employers highlighted the need for resources to support their pivotal role.
The project adopted a three-phase mixed methods approach to determine strategies and resources to support industry contribution, strengthen engagement with the WIL experience, and build positive partnerships between employers and universities.
Assessing the impact of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on student work-readiness
This project, the first of its kind in the Australian context, is designed to provide an empirical evidence base for the impact of WIL on students’ preparedness for work or professional practice across multiple disciplines. This project will define WIL in terms of its essential characteristics – opportunities for students to experience highly authentic expressions of work-place practice, systematically built into curricula. The project will inform strategic curriculum reform investment in universities and related funding decisions across the higher education sector.
Enhancing access, participation and progression in WIL
Successful WIL activities offer many benefits to students and can contribute to a sustainable workforce for future economic growth. Yet some students face barriers in gaining access to full engagement with such activities.
Volunteering to Learn
Student volunteering can refer to a range of activities including placement in volunteer positions in community organisations, volunteering through university based programs such as volunteer hubs or centres and service by student to their universities by way of clubs and associations.