ECU’s Post-COVID Work Integrated Learning Talent Pipeline

Work Integrated Learning offers opportunity to local businesses.

Each year the ECU School of Business and Law Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team places 200+ students with industry partners and 2020 was no exception; however, a pivot was necessary.

ECU moved from students: starting their placements in offices; to working remotely from home; then to a hybrid model of the two. ECU are very thankful for the many hosts that continued to offer a Work Integrated Learning experience and found a valuable use for this volunteer resource. Some of those hosts are pictured below.

Workplace Integrated Learning

Public, private and not-for-profit organisations of any size and across all sectors are invited to participate in the Work Integrated Learning program in ECU’s School of Business and Law. Students complete 1 to 2 days per week unpaid (100 hours) during a Semester (Semester 2 begins on July 26 and ends on October 29).

As a Work Integrated Learning partner, you can:

  • Engage with motivated, enthusiastic students with new ideas
  • Complete existing or commence new projects
  • Trial prospective employees and create a pipeline of new graduate talent
  • Develop your team’s capacity through mentoring and coaching students
  • Develop mutually beneficial links with the University
  • Help to shape what future students are taught

If you want to provide a Work Integrated Learning placement click here WIL Host Flyer, or if wish to seek further information, please email BusinessWIL@ecu.edu.au

Work Integrated Learning Student testimonial

Devika Solanki is a Master’s student at Edith Cowan University and competed her Work Integrated Learning placement at the Association for Culturally Appropriate Services (AfCAS).

“I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the Annual General Meeting of the Association, particularly to be involved with the financial planning and conduct of the event. Also, I participated in the preparation and conduct of an international webinar “Japanese and Australian migrant Aged Care Services and COVID-19 Response”. I also learned about financial systems including training on cyber security. I learned how to write a media release and be part of various promotional events, including Facebook and LinkedIn posts, which helped develop my marketing skills, in addition to being able to meet the financial requirements of my course of study.”

“Given the opportunity to be part of different activities, I was able to meet new people and develop contacts with seasoned staff. A perfect opportunity was to be part of an international event with speakers from Japan, Perth and Melbourne. The best part of the company is operating as a team. In reality, the company has a versatile and friendly working atmosphere that allowed me to have peace of mind. The working environment was harmonious and allowed me to be productive during working hours.”

“I am very grateful to AfCAS, my supervisor Mary Gurgone, and the university, for giving me the chance to be part of the working team. Working with AfCAS has strengthened my expertise and interest in aged care and CALD organisations by gaining experience of work in a professional setting. Working with my fellow student from ECU as well as making new friends at work has been a pleasure. This is made possible by my supervisor, who is always polite and enthusiastic, on a personal level.”

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