New Project Launched for More University Students to Undertake Real-World Job Placements as Part of Studies for the Australian Workforce
Australia (News4us.com) February 28, 2011
A new project to allow more university students to undertake real-world job placements as part of their studies will help produce more graduates with the skills the Australian workforce needs.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today launched the Work Integrated Learning project, a joint initiative of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Innovative Research Universities (IRU).
“These two organisations are undertaking a national project to boost graduate employability and encourage universities and employers to work together to offer more student work experience placements,” Senator Evans said.
“This partnership will help students better understand workforce requirements and provide employers with graduates who are more work-ready.”
“Work integrated learning provides opportunities for higher education students to apply the theory and skills they learn at university in a workplace.”
The project includes a brochure and seven case studies, designed to provide Australian business with information about work integrated learning, the possible models and to encourage organisations to work with universities to provide opportunities for students.
Work integrated learning is an approach that combines theory with work practice within a tailored curriculum, usually involving students working on projects in workplaces.
“The Gillard Government has made a record investiment in Australian higher education to produce the graduates that our industries need to compete in the global contest for skilled employees and innovators.”
“A strong higher education sector is the key to creating a skilled Australia, ready for the challenges of a modern economy.”
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