Business work integrated learning

The Centre for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) assists business students in preparing for employment.

Our highly skilled staff negotiate with industry professionals to develop and manage suitable positions for College of Business students.

In 'Business work integrated learning':

Workplace programs

The Centre coordinates workplace learning in two areas:

  • Cooperative education or 'Co-op' offers a year of paid, full-time employment (minimum 40 weeks) as an accredited component of the Bachelor of Business degree. Students undertake a preparation program during the second year of study, and enter the workplace the following year.
    All students have the option of completing up to two Co-operative Education units, which extends the duration of the course to 4 years.
  • Business Integrated Learning (BIL) recognises industry-based experiences such as relevant project work, part-time employment, a holiday job or even voluntary work undertaken while completing your Business qualifications. Business Integrated Learning is mandatory in all International Hospitality and Tourism and Event Management degree courses.

Video from the Manager of Work Integrated Learning at VU

Hear from Barry Broons, Manager, Work Integrated Learning in the College of Business about the program.

Read accounts from our Work Integrated Learning Award winners on the value of their 'on-the-job' experience.

Information for employers

Partnering with VU for WIL offers many benefits. Some of these include gaining cost-effective, temporary employees and the ability to preview potential job candidates which lowers your recruitment costs. Contact our staff to discuss the benefits for your particular business.

Testimonials from employers & past WIL award winners

Hear from Belinda, a WIL employer, about her experience.

Information for students

Participating in WIL gives you an advantage in the highly competitive graduate market. You will be equipped with the skills to play a productive role in any organisation.

New registrations

Register online to participate in WIL.

Students already registered

If you are already registered with WIL, or are currently working as part of the program, you can login to access further information.

Testimonials from past WIL participants

Hear from Stina, a past student, about her WIL experience.

Student societies & associations

Current students may like to look into joining the following societies and associations:

  • Accounting, Finance and Investment Student Society (AFISS) for VU Accounting and Finance students. It's a student group that provides services and events to develop your professional and personal growth to equip you with essential skills for the workforce. We also aim to give you the best possible university life experience.
  • Young Tourism Network (YTN) is a Victorian member based networking group run by a committee of volunteers. The group represents members in all tourism related fields such as travel, leisure, hospitality, marketing, public relations, events, attractions and tour operators. The YTN also fosters career development of young people within the tourism industry through professional development, networking events and promoting industry wide collaboration.
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA). The Youth arm of CILTA is Accelerate. Members can attend activities and to network, learn and gain exposure to mentors, career development and other opportunities in the industry.
    CILTA also runs a Women Moving Forward Mentoring Program.

Contact us

Business Work Integrated Learning main office details:

Footscray Park campus, Room G302
Phone: +61 3 9919 4889