Leading WIL

Leadership is needed to make WIL happen systematically. It enables developing, promoting, organising, managing and delivering work-integrated learning.

Leading WIL is complex because it operates in diverse settings and involves three sets of stakeholders: students, teachers and university partners. The complex interplay of processes and people can make leading WIL difficult.

In Science, leading WIL is particularly challenging because of the broad employment outcomes of science graduates and because the provision and prioritisation of work-integrated learning in science courses has been low. Faculties and teachers are often inexperienced in working collaboratively with employers, and in designing and delivering work-integrated learning activities and programs.

WIL leaders need to consider multiple aspects of WIL. In this section you will find:

  • ideas about leadership for WIL
  • examples of different approaches taken by WIL leaders in science, and
  • key resources that point to the actions required to design, implement or expand WIL programs.