Benefits

Benefits for students

  • Intergration of the knowledge and skills required for real-world applications
  • Clarification of career options and more directed study towards final choices
  • Increased retention of learning and improved academic performance
  • Development of motivation, maturity, confidence and interpersonal skills
  • Improved employability through the resultant record of work experience, the opportunity to be previewed by potential employers and the development of a network of professional contacts

Benefits for employers

  • Cost effective labour for the duration of work-intergrated learning
  • A source of skilled employees who better fit organizational needs
  • A better screening process for potential employees
  • Reduced recruitment and induction costs
  • Job enrichment and improved morale for permanent staff who are assigned to mentor trainees
  • Development of a culture of learning within the organization
  • Opportunity to influence college curricula and be influenced by it in terms of new ideas, systems, processes and technology.

 

Benefits for colleges

  • Increased alignment of college programmes with current industry practice and skills needs
  • Continuous feedback from employers on the performance of students and currency of college curricula
  • Increased motivation for students, leading to higher pass and throughput rates
  • Enhancement of the college’s reputation by providing high -quality training that leads to employment
  • Additional human and material resources arising from closer linkages and partnerships with employers
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