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National website links employers with tertiary institutions

Experience in the workplace for students will be easier to arrange with the establishment of a website linking tertiary institutions and employers.

The National Work Integrated Learning (WIL) portal was launched today at Victoria University's City Flinders Campus in Melbourne. Speakers included the CEO of Universities Australia Dr Glenn Withers and the Associate Director, Education and Training, of the Australian Industry Group, Megan Lilly.

The portal provides streamlined access to suitable students for employers across Australia.

WIL has grown in popularity with tertiary institutions and employers in recent years because it is a proven way of preparing graduates for full-time employment.

Project director Judie Kay, the director of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), said there were many benefits of work integrated learning for students, employers and tertiary institutions.

"Employers need graduates who are job-ready and work integrated learning is a great way of ensuring students develop skills and a realistic understanding of the demands and expectations of their chosen professions and careers," she said.

"WIL is also a way for employers to build 'talent pipelines' and assist them with selecting students for positions once they have graduated."

Industry groups have also welcomed the initiative. The chief executive of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers Ben Reeves said: "The portal gives employers a free and simple mechanism for promoting their work experience to students at almost every university campus around Australia."

The National WIL Portal website will also provide resources and assistance to employers, students and universities and TAFE institutions.    

The project, funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, has been led by a consortium headed by Victoria University and hosted by ACEN.

For interview: Judie Kay 0416 174 831; [email protected]

Media inquiries: Jim Buckell, External Communications Manager,

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: [email protected]

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