Forums Community Forum What are the benefits of work-integrated learning in project management

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  • Ali Al-Ashwal
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      Work-integrated learning (WIL) includes learning activities that can be practised on-campus or in a workplace to integrate theory with practice and provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills. WIL is a collaboration between the higher education sector (i.e. university) and the industry to improve student learning. It is a valid pedagogy to respond to demands by employers. There are many types of WIL such as internship, practicum, work placement, and project-based learning.

      WIL provides many benefits to the higher education sector, the industry, and students. Benefits of WIL include enhancing employability, providing work readiness graduates, increasing skills, managing unknown future, reflecting on one’s own learning, understanding world-of-work, and growing professional network.

      In project management, WIL provides students with an opportunity to apply technical and soft skills in actual project settings. The project environment provides many chances to create and share new knowledge. Students join a project with a fresh mind and new skills that they have gained during their studies. The other benefits of WIL for employers include:

      • Increasing productivity
      • Providing connection with the university
      • Helping to educate the future workforce
      • Enhancing staff supervisory skills
      • Enriching work environment
      • Providing potential recruitment

      In line with these benefits, the Master of Project Management (MPM) program at Western Sydney University is committed to producing graduates who are job-ready and equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in project management. The Work Placement pathway of the MPM program is offered for students in their final year to complete a minimum of 500 hours of work pivoted in project management. Students need to be supervised by a qualified supervisor in project management, who will be in contact with the university to ensure students are developing competence in project management.

      Companies looking for interns in project management-focused positions can grab this chance to tap into the talent of our dedicated students. Our students either study generic Project Management or specialise in one of the four majors, including Construction, Engineering, Information Technology, and Health Science, which will suit organizations across many different sectors.

      Get in touch if you like to get more information about the WIL pathway or if you can offer work placements to our students.

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