Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Victoria University (VU) includes all activities which engage students in authentic professional practice.
WIL aims to build disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding, which are also embedded in the curriculum. WIL is an important component of the VU Blend. All courses are expected to include aspects of WIL in the curriculum.
Work Integrated Learning
Embedding WIL in the curriculum is part of our commitment to enhancing employability. It helps to ensure that VU graduates are sought after as highly capable employees and employers.
WIL involves students in learning that links authentic real-world professional experience with disciplinary theory. It is an overarching term for the many experiential learning activities typical of disciplines including:
- Practice Integrated Learning
- professional experience
- cadetships and internships
- client-driven projects
- industry-focused research
- simulations (such as moot courts).
WIL benefits students, teachers, universities, communities and employers. As part of WIL, students develop:
- professional, practical and academic skills
- enhanced employability
- career planning skills and insights
- expanded professional networks.
Where WIL is part of deeper, multi-layered partnerships, it can be a bridge to building research partnerships and other types of strong partner relations. And organisations may choose to use WIL for recruitment purposes.
Youth & Community Contacts
WIL in Youth & Community Programs
Students enrolled in Youth and Community programs at VU undertake units of study which include industry placement.
Industry placement provides students with practical experience of professional work and, in collaboration with industry and community sector supervisors and the university academics, students begin to understand and enhance their knowledge of work practice.
These practical experiences are also the basis of students’ critical reflection and theorising.
The Youth and Community Senior Partnerships Officers (see above) coordinate industry placements for students in the:
The Senior Partnerships Officers establish and maintain a large number of industry and community sector partnerships that are used to support placements for students in the 2nd and 3rd years of their course, during which they undertake Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units of study.
They work with and support students to have rewarding and memorable professional practice experiences that will benefit them long into their careers.
All industry placements are undertaken concurrently with the university academic studies so that students can reflect on their practice and continue to consider how theory and practice interconnect. This model provides students with ongoing contact and support from the university for the duration of their placement.
Required Placement Hours
Students must undertake 400 hours of industry placement in the Community Development and Youth Work courses, structured as two placements each of 200 hours duration.
Criminal Justice students undertake one placement of 200 hours duration in their course.
Placement can occur at any time throughout a given academic year dependent on host organisation needs and student availability. Students will negotiate their placement schedule with the workplace supervisor.
Partnership Roles & Responsibilities
These are the duties and responsibilities of all parties involved in WIL:
Industry Placement Documents
Work Integrated Learning Agreement (WILA)
The WILA is used to formalise the partnership and placement arrangement among the host organisation, the student and the university. It sets out the terms on which each party will interact for the purposes of the student undertaking their WIL industry placement.
The WILA must be signed by the student and an authorised representative of both the host organisation and of VU (3 signatures in total) prior to placement commencement.
OHS Induction Checklist
Students have obligations to plan and act in the best interest of their own health and safety and for other persons who may be affected by their actions or omissions while on placement.
They are required to be aware of, and comply with, applicable health and safety procedures and practices put in place by the host organisation.
This checklist is used to assist in this process.
Student Completion Reports
The Student Completion Report is completed by the supervisor when 200 hours of placement is achieved.
On completion, the report is forwarded to the VU senior partnership officer and the student.
WWCC & National Police Check
Students are given detailed instructions on how to apply for a ‘Working with Children Card (WWCC)’, which they must have in order to undertake placement in a site where they work with children under 18 years of age.
Some host organisations require a National Police Check. The host will need to advise the student if this is the case.
VU Insurance Policies
These show the insurance coverage for students whilst on professional experience placement, excursions, field assignments, or study tours organised as part of or relevant to the student’s course.