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Students will gain hands-on business experience and companies will have access to extra skills and resources under an innovative collaboration between Business SA and Flinders University.

The Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program will place university students across a range of subjects within the corporate sector with encouragement and collaboration from Business SA.

WIL Program Manager, Ms Ceri Macleod, said the goal of the WIL program was to complement the skills and knowledge acquired by students at Flinders with workplace experience to produce ‘work ready’ graduates.

“Students can expect to link theory and practice, gain a feel for their chosen profession by experiencing it first hand, and then draw on that experience as they complete their studies,” Ms Macleod said.

Ms Macleod cited a case study of Adelaide-based IT services firm Comunet – a long-time supporter of WIL – which has engaged five placement students as permanent employees over the past seven years.

“This new relationship with Business SA will expand the potential reach of our WIL program which can involve placements from short stints of days at a time to a block of some weeks, depending on the subject area,” Ms Macleod said.

Business SA Chief Operating Officer, Brett Mahoney, said that the partnership will provide many benefits for both students and businesses.

“Businesses want work-ready graduates and this program will provide students with employability skills and workplace experience,” Mr Mahoney said.

“Work-Integrated Learning also provides a business with an extra resource that is enthusiastic and ready to pass on the latest research and information. We encourage the business community to support this initiative and identify opportunities where a student can take part in this program through providing valuable assistance in their workplace,” he said.

“It’s a win-win scenario for both students and businesses and it also provides employers with a look at the skills and suitability of students before they finish their studies, with possible avenues for future employment.”

The Flinders University-Business SA WIL collaboration was recently launched by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, the Honourable Jack Snelling MP (pictured above).

View the Work-Integrated Learning video here.

Businesses interested in being involved or finding out more about the initiative can contact Business SA by emailing wil@business-sa.com

Pictured at top: Brett Mahoney, Prof Michael Barber, Assoc Prof Heather Smigiel, Ceri Macleod, Paul Lewin, Minister Jack Snelling.

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