Access to structured learning in the workplace and workplace mentors can increase employability of graduates. It plays a crucial role in the career success of job seekers and can boost economic progress, especially in a developing country such as South Africa.
This is one of the main reasons behind a conference about Work Integrated Learning in Johannesburg this November.
The event, WIL AFRICA, will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and is convened by the Southern African Society for Co-operative Education (SASCE).
Work integrated learning combines classroom theory with practical experience in the working environment, and is presented as a partnership between post-school institutions and external partner employers.
“We hope that WIL AFRICA will become the continent’s premier event focussing on Work Integrated Learning, while also cementing partnerships between industry and educational institutions to encourage all forms of learning and training in the work place,” says SASCE president Shakeel Ori.
“Government indicated its strong support for WIL in 2013, when it called on universities to ‘build strong partnerships with employers in order to promote the expansion of workplace training opportunities’,” says Ori.
A large number of South Africa’s tertiary institutions are already involved in the development of WIL, among them the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Central University of Technology of the Free State, the Durban University of Technology, Nelson Mandela University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, and the University of South Africa (Unisa).
WIL AFRICA will showcase various partnerships and best practice models, giving professionals the opportunity to discuss challenges and explore opportunities in the field of workplace learning.
For more information about WIL AFRICA, visit the Web site wil-africaconference.com.