Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to the real-life or simulated work experience afforded to a learner as part of the fulfilment of his/her programme of study towards a qualification. It includes:

 

Work Integrated Learning

  • Time spent working in industry, commerce and/or the community
  • Work-related field trips and
  • Work in a simulated or actual environment for an appropriate period of time

 

The Institution has adopted the Council on Higher Education’s Work Integrated Learning: Good Pratice Guide in implementing Work Integrated Learning. During the period the learner will demonstrate progress towards the achievement of learning outcomes that are embedded within the specific and critical cross-field outcomes of the learner’s programme. Learners are provided with direct and realistic feedback at the workplace about their performance in a way that allows them to improve.

 

The Aims of WIL include the following:
To enable learners to utilise their work-based learning to supplement the theoretical knowledge
To allow for employer/learner negotiated learning
To permit professional and personal development through WIL
To facilitate upgrading of knowledge and/or skills in a particular area of vocational interest
To provide opportunity for a gradual introduction into the workplace

 

The focus of our WIL Strategy is on attaining work placement for our learners; their learning in and from the workplace; critical reflection in and on learning; its relevance for them in terms of enhanced skill, knowledge, understanding and potential; its relevance for employers for performance, contribution and output. While lecture room learning is Mainstream method of learning, WIL aims at improving the quality of employer engagement activities through:

 

  • Providing better support for work placements;
  • Promoting joint (employer-institutional) curriculum development;
  • Supports a more structured collaboration between Seta’s, Public Institutions and other stakeholders such as Professional Bodies.
  • Embedding Higher Education into the skills infrastructure, particularly at local level through such initiatives as Work Based Learning Programmes and In Service Training.
  • Improving the Institutions capacity to manage market intelligence on skills issues, and undertake regular evaluation of employer satisfaction of graduate skills and qualities in-line with our BBA and BSc.