Workplace Learning: Benefits for Industry
Benefits of WPL for Industry
For workplace learning (WPL) to function effectively, good partnerships between all stakeholders are required. Effective WPL has the ability to provide significant benefits for students, university, industry and workplace student supervisors. Here, some workplace student supervisors discuss the benefits of WPL for both themselves and their businesses.
“The end result for our firm was the completion of a project that I would never have gotten around to doing on my own. There was no way that I could complete the project with my other work commitments – I just kept on putting it off. The intern was so willing to take on the project and she did an excellent job. It feels great to tick it off the to-do-list!”
“Initially I thought that taking on an intern would be a great way to give back to my university and help to develop a young student’s career. While it is that, I didn’t realise how much I would personally get out of the experience. The students did an amazing job completing their projects definitely increased productivity for my business. It’s been great.”
“The student has already enhanced our social media strategy so much. It’s also been great having someone young in the office – they bring so much energy!”
“I found supervising a student really satisfying on a personal level. It was really inspiring to work with enthusiastic students who have new ideas and fresh eyes. And also just to know what they’re teaching at uni nowadays! It made me realise just how far I’ve come since I graduated. Working with students also made me stop and reflect on how and why I do things the way I do, which is always useful.”
“If we have a really good intern, we definitely try to keep them. Every company is after the best and brightest students. The last student I supervised was offered a job at the end of the placement.”
“I’d never had the opportunity to act as a mentor to someone before. It was a bit nerve-racking at first, but I’ve learnt so much from supervising students. It’s really rewarding and I think it will help my career trajectory in the future.”
“From a strategic point of view, it’s a great way to trial a potential employee without having the obligation to keep them on after the placement finishes. For us, it reduces hiring costs by quite a bit”
“Our business needs a diversity of people with different thinking and experiences so we can capitalise on market opportunities, particularly as we grow our business. So when considering interns or graduates we want people with not only strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills, but also other attributes or capabilities which are driven by business strategies and initiatives. We might be interested in students or graduates from an Asian background because the project we’re working on needs people who have an understanding of and an experience with Asian culture, including the ability to speak Mandarin. This has definitely been the case with activities related to the expansion of our Hong Kong operations as well as product development for the Asian market”.