Work-Integrated Learning International Conference 2024

Thriving Together: Partners & Practice

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April 2024

Wellington, New Zealand

“I really enjoyed the conference. It was a lovely small, but mighty group! I did come away with lots of learnings, and lots to think about. I look forward to connecting again”

Jennifer McCann, Deakin University on the 2023 Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) International Conference

The 2024 Work-Integrated Learning International conference will include a wide range of attendees and speakers. It is conveniently located in wonderful Te Whanganui a Tara – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.


A range of people from tertiary intuitions, workforce development groups, private training institutions and careers and education professionals – anyone with an interest in work-Integrated learning and/or related areas.


Speakers may include academic teaching staff, researchers, professional staff including administration, management and careers professionals, industry professionals, students, and graduates.


The conference will be held at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand at the CBD Pipitea campus. Wellington is a great place to visit and there is lots to do all within its central city location.

Abstracts and conference presentations

Call for abstracts for the 2024 WIL International conference are now closed. To find out more (including presentation criteria)  please read the instructions for authors. We look to welcome presenters from a range of Work-Integrated Learning areas. For those submitting a paper please read the conference proceedings requirements.

Registrations open

General registrations for the 2024 WIL International conference open now!  Come and join what will be an inspiring, collegial, and informative conference.

You can register to attend both or one day of the conference as well as the free pre-conference events. Find out more and register for the conference here. (General registrations close 18 March).

Work-Integrated Learning International Conference 2024 Programme

The conference programme includes keynote speakers, full presentations, panel discussions, good practice workshops, special interest groups and networking opportunities across two days. There will also be a professional development day with optional free workshops the day before the conference.

  • Monday 8th April – Pre-Conference Day. 
  • 1pm – 3.30pm: Professional development research workshop. ‘Methodologies for WIL research: Ensuring quality research’.
  • 1pm – 2pm  – Work Integrated Learning Management System Workshop.
  • 4pm – 5.30pm  – Introduction to Work-Integrated Learning and Student Showcase.
  • Tuesday 9th April – Day 1 of conference.
  • 8.15 – 9am –  Conference registration
  • 9am –  Conference starts – welcome from Vice-Chancellor
  • 9.15am – Keynote 1 – Colin Kennedy from Chief Innovation Officer from Creative HQ on Transitional Innovation and WIL
  • 4pm  – Day 1 close
  • 4.30pm – Optional Tour of Datacom building (designed for the future of work)
  • Wednesday 10th April – Day 2 of conference.
  • 8.30 – 9am Day 2 registration
  • 9am –  Day 2 of conference starts conference starts
  • 9.15am – Keynote 2 – Panel Discussion WIL partners working together shared by Dr Karen Smith
  • 1.30pm  – Day 2 close
  • 2pm – Optional group social activity in Wellington TBC


Conference pricing

  • Early Bird Registration ($350 WILNZ member / $425 non-member) – available 6 November 2023 – 31 January 2024
  • General Registration ($400 WILNZ member / $475 non-member) – available 1st February 2024 – 18 March 2024
  • Late Registration ($450 WILNZ member / $525 non-member) – available 19 March 2024 – 1 April 2024

Wellington hotel discounts for WILNZ conference attendees

WILNZ has secured discounts at three hotels within easy reach of the conference venue. Please use the codes below when booking.

  • Atura – Classic King Room $245 (use Corporate ID Booking Code WILIC2024)
  • Quest on Thorndon – Studio $199, One bed $225 (use Cooking Code WILIC)
  • The Sebel Thorndon – 10% off best available rate (use Preferential Code BGPG)


2024 Work-Integrated Learning International Conference Sponsors:

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