At jt&a, one of our core skills is that we help you get better. Getting accredited is the first step but we’d hate to see you stop there. There is so much more to learn to really leverage what you’ve achieved. We have identified over the years that Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is one of those areas that is a hot-button issue. Our purpose this week is consolidate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in order to cool down this hot-button issue so let’s dive right in …
Work Integrated Learning (or WIL as it is referred to in your Quality Management System) is a process that blends theory learning with its application in the workplace (work-related activities). For many Accredited Skills Development Providers (SDPs), the thought of identifying suitable workplaces for their learners discourages Skills Development Providers (SDPs) from making Work Integrated Learning available to all learners.
At jt&a, we are of the opinion that if you know why Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is critical; you will be in an exceptional position to make it meaningful for your learners. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) has various intentions:
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) enables the learners to practice the skills they seek to acquire.
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) allows the learners to receive feedback on their performance.
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) allows the learners to integrate the new skills they have obtained into their thinking and behaviour.
It is significant to recognise that theory assumes an outcome, while practice allows one to test the learners’ theory and to identify whether or not it is accurate and therefore when placing a learner at a workplace, that workplace should be appropriate for the qualification on which the learner is enrolled.
Furthermore, it is our responsibility as Skills Development Providers (SDPs) to ensure that when our learners are placed at their relevant workplace, that this is under the supervision of a mentor or supervisor representing the workplace. Learners should be completing their summative assessments (practical tasks or assignments) in the workplace which will be marked by the assessor to ensure that the learner can demonstrate applied knowledge and therefore an exceptional workplace mentor will aid in the success of the learner.
As we wrap up Work Integrated Learning (WIL), we would encourage you to ensure that the workplace mentors that your learner are designated to, have the ability to:
- Inspire your learners
- Stretch your learners
- Connect with your learners
- Develop your learners’ emotional intelligence
- Not judge your learners
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