Increasing employability by implementing a Work-Integrated Learning partnership model in South Africa - A student perspective

Increasing employability by implementing a Work-Integrated Learning partnership model in South Africa - A student perspective

Author: 
Taylor, Susanne
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2017
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Govender, Cookie M., jt. author
Journal Title: 
Africa Education Review
Source: 
Africa Education Review, Vol. 14, Issue No. 1, 2017, pp. 105-119
Abstract: 

In South Africa, 70 per cent of the population is under 35 years old. South Africa has a vision to increase youth employment by focusing on education, training and skills development that will promote employment opportunities. A work-integrated learning (WIL) partnership model was developed to provide students with work experience and to increase their employability. this article presents the research on the perspectives of students subsequent to their WIL experience. the research method consisted of a structured questionnaire with both closed and open-ended questions. The study findings indicated that students were capable of seeking their own WIL placement and that over 90 per cent of students experienced WIL as rewarding, with multiple opportunities for employment. the article adds theoretical value by increasing the WIL body of knowledge from a student perspective, as well as strategic and practical value by presenting the WIL partnership model that may easily be implemented by lecturers in various disciplines across the continent of Africa and beyond to enable students to enter the workplace with confidence.

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CITATION: Taylor, Susanne. Increasing employability by implementing a Work-Integrated Learning partnership model in South Africa - A student perspective . : Taylor & Francis , 2017. Africa Education Review, Vol. 14, Issue No. 1, 2017, pp. 105-119 - Available at: https://library.au.int/increasing-employability-implementing-work-integrated-learning-partnership-model-south-africa