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Work Integrated Learning for Business & Community Organisations

What are the benefits of work integrated learning?

There are many ways in which professionals, businesses and community groups can become involved with work integrated learning. Some examples include by offering student placements, inviting students to work on authentic projects, or offering to share you expertise with students in the classroom. Benefits reported by current work integrated learning partners include:

  • Access to enthusiastic and motivated students
  • Access to new ideas that promote creativity and encourage innovation
  • Opportunities to form associations and networks with specific staff in my field
  • An efficient and cost-effective method of assessing students for future employment
  • Professional satisfaction associated with watching a student learn
  • Staff development through engagement with students
  • Opportunities for providing feedback that shapes what future students are taught
  • Opportunity to your organisation’s culture, expectations and procedures

What community partners say about work integrated learning

“I couldn’t recommend work integrated learning highly enough. Having students in clinical placements not only gives us greater insight into student capabilities, but also greater influence over how they learn.”

Deborah Booth, General Manager, Calvary Retirement Community, Canberra

For Ms Jenny Garnett, Principal of Yass Public School, WIL provided her primary school students with the opportunity to experience authentic tasks, and mentoring, through working with UC academics and undergraduates. A recent school-based environmental project gave her students the opportunity to

“work with real-life environmental scientists, in which ‘hands-on’ science tasks built up good understandings of environmental issues. Working with other community groups - Landcare and Greening Australia - also provided rich peer support opportunities.”

Jenny Garnett, Principal, Yass Public School

Where can I find more information about work integrated learning?

For further information email WIL@canberra.edu.au.