Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Employers now, more than ever before are looking for graduates that have a combination of industry experience and theoretical skills.
Edith Cowan University (ECU) and the City of Wanneroo are working to give local businesses workplace ready graduates through the development of the Business iLab program, which allows students to gain real life experience with local Wanneroo businesses prior to graduation.
A joint initiative between ECU’s Faculty of Business and Law and the City of Wanneroo, the program allows students to work with small local business in a series of work integrated learning projects, developing business plans and solving real business problems.
The success of the program was celebrated at a special event on Tuesday, 2 November at the ECU Council Chambers, which was attended by the City of Wanneroo Mayor, Mr Jon Kelly, representatives from local Wanneroo businesses and participating students.
Workplace Opportunities Coordinator from the Faculty of Business and Law, Mrs Janet Simmons, believes the program is a wonderful learning opportunity for students.
“Students are working with real businesses and people that have invested their own money which brings additional responsibility and pressure.”
“The program allows students to gain valuable workplace experience which will put them in a fantastic position to get a job after graduation,” said Mrs Simmons.
Bachelor of Business student Mr Aggrey Masi credits the program for giving him an insight into corporate life.
“During my industry placement at WA Insurance Brokers I learnt that business strategies, through careful examination of current practices, can be updated and enlarged to offer their current services to new consumers.”
“Being able to understand what is happening before my eyes and knowing how to respond to that situation will be very useful when I graduate and start working.”
Local businesses within the City of Wanneroo are eligible to be part of the program again next year. For more information contact Mrs Simmons on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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