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Hosts

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program is designed to allow high performance students to spend time embedded in an industry setting prior to graduation.


Benefits of WIL for Industry Hosts

The benefits of hosting WIL students varies from organisation to organisation, although the most commonly reported benefits include;

  • Organisations identifying potential talent prior to those students graduating
  • Providing staff with mentoring and leadership opportunities
  • Many hosts wish to ‘give something back’ by contributing to the development of the next generation of professionals in their discipline
  • Potentially gain exposure to new ideas and approaches from soon to graduate university students
  • Increased opportunity for industry/university collaboration
  • Exploration of ‘blue sky’ projects

Are Students Paid?

Whilst there are an ever growing number of industry scholarships available to students that can be used in conjunction with a WIL placement, in most cases placements are unpaid. Unpaid placements allow the university to cover a student’s insurances during the duration of their placement.

For these unpaid placements students are expected to work with their industry partner full-time for 12 weeks or equivalent. It is expected that the host organisations will provide students with meaningful work activities or projects during their placement as well as a work space and computer or any required equipment.

Ultimately, the WIL program is designed to give benefit to both the student and the industry host, and is not designed to provide a free workforce for purely commercial and profit making activities.

What Processes Are Involved?

In order for an organisation to host a WIL student a few processes must be undertaken first.

  • WIL coordinator will introduce the host to the student. Some hosts prefer to have informal conversations with a student prior to placement commencement, though other organisations prefer formal interviews.
  • Industry host, student and WIL coordinator sign off on WIL documentation pack (OSH and Risk Assessment, Placement Learning Outcomes and Student Code of Conduct documents) before the placement commences.
  • Industry hosts ensures that the student undergoes an induction process, has a desk, computer or other facilities required for the student to perform their duties.
  • The industry host needs to be able to provide the student with sufficient supervision and feedback to allow the student to perform the work activities they have been assigned during the placement.
  • The WIL coordinator liaises with student and industry host throughout semester to ensure placement is proceeding smoothly
  • At the end of the placement (or semester) the student submits a number of reflective assessment items to the WIL coordinator, whilst the industry host submits a student performance evaluation to the WIL coordinator.

Ultimately these processes are designed to ensure that students are placed within organisations offering a safe and supportive environment, whilst the student commitments to performing in a professional manner at all times.


Who Do We Contact About Hosting a WIL Student?

If your organisation is interested in hosting a WIL student, please contact the School of Science at ssciwil@ecu.edu.au, including your organisation name and a contact person that our WIL coordinator or course coordinator can speak with.

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