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ERIC Number: ED568154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: 978-1-925173-59-8
Work-Based Learning and Work-Integrated Learning: Fostering Engagement with Employers
Atkinson, Georgina
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Work-based learning and the inclusion of the world of work into tertiary students' learning lie at the heart of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system. Traditionally this has been through apprenticeships and traineeships, which have a strong focus on "on-the-job" training, but also through "work-oriented" institutional training. However, an increased emphasis on work-integrated learning in university education is emerging. Work-integrated learning, with its emphasis on intentionally integrating students' experiences in a work setting into their educational programs, has been evolving and growing in prominence. Despite the strong emphasis of work-based learning in post-secondary education, both VET providers and universities face challenges when it comes to engaging with industry and employers in these educational provisions. This paper summarises the key features of work-based learning and work-integrated learning and discusses how engagement with industry and employers can be fostered and what the two sectors can learn from each other. It draws on the vast literature on work-based learning and work-integrated learning and provides an extensive bibliography and resource list.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A