Issue 223, March 2015
The new strategy, called Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will see an increase in initiatives such as work placements, internships, shadowing programs and practical projects. These are already an integral part of some degrees, like medicine and teaching, but Universities Australia says there is a pressing need to develop an overarching national strategy that will expand these types of activities to other degrees in order to ‘improve graduate job prospects and meet the skills needs of employers’.
The industry groups supporting this initiative are the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Collaborative Education Network.
The National WIL Strategy proposes action in eight key areas:
Find out more at the Universities Australia website: https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/news/media-releases/Landmark-strategy-to-make-graduates-more--job-ready-#.VQEkXGZrjAx This page has a link to a more detailed explanation of WIL and the eight key areas of action that are planned.
Source:media release from Universities Australia, 11 March 2015.