ERIC Number: EJ1146159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Increasing Employability by Implementing a Work-Integrated Learning Partnership Model in South Africa--A Student Perspective
Taylor, Susanne; Govender, Cookie M.
Africa Education Review, v14 n1 p105-119 2017
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.
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Work Experience, Student Placement, Student Attitudes, Models, Employment Opportunities, Partnerships in Education, Human Resources, School Business Relationship, Likert Scales, College Students, Higher Education, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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