The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program is designed to allow high performance students to spend time embedded in an industry setting prior to graduation.
The benefits of hosting WIL students varies from organisation to organisation, although the most commonly reported benefits include;
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.
In order for an organisation to host a WIL student a few processes must be undertaken first.
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.
If your organisation is interested in hosting a WIL student, please contact the School of Science at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your organisation name and a contact person that our WIL coordinator or course coordinator can speak with.
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