About Work-Integrated Learning

What is Work-Integrated Learning?

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is the term used to describe educational activities that incorporate academic learning and workplace practice, enabling students to develop a combination of academic and practical knowledge and skills which better prepares them for the workplace.

WIL students engage in authentic and meaningful work-related tasks and learn by doing.

WIL involves three stakeholders in partnership: the student, the tertiary institution, and the workplace/community.

WIL opportunities can be crafted to suit an individual, their programme of study, and the relevant stakeholders.

What do students do in Work-Integrated Learning?

Off-campus workplace immersion, such as internships, practicum, apprenticeships and community projects.

On-campus activities, such as consultancy projects, entrepreneurships, student-led enterprise, etc.

Work with government and corporate stakeholders.

Meet the requirements of professional bodies, such as for Teaching, Nursing, Engineering.

Investigate a societal or organisational issue and offer solutions.

Work-Integrated Learning Benefits


  • Skilled, motivated temporary staff
  • Projects completed at reduced cost
  • Opportunity to recruit
  • Reduced training costs
  • Access to tertiary institution personnel and facilities
  • Enhanced corporate profile
  • Involvement with tertiary institution programs


  • Real life learning experiences
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Opportunities to develop personal and interpersonal skills
  • Work combined with study

Education Institutes

  • Motivated students
  • Learning supplemented by work place experiences
  • Enhanced community profile
  • Improved industry links