New initiative to help students better prepare for working life

April 28, 2011

A new partnership between Murdoch University and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA will allow students to get a taste of working life before heading into the workforce.

The initiative called Work Integrated Learning (WIL) involves developing diverse opportunities for students to connect what they are learning in their courses with the practical experience of work.

Minister for Training and Workforce Development, the Hon Peter Collier launched the program at Murdoch University, stressing the importance of this type of initiative for local workforce development and to address skills shortages.

Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor Gary Martin said the initiative would provide an easier transition for Murdoch students to the workforce.

“The transition from university to the workforce can be challenging so it is very important for our students to be ‘work ready,” he said.

“The most familiar form of WIL is a student placement or internship in which universities, students and employers work together to design and create a learning experience that benefits all parties.

“We already have 68 work placement units across 11 of our Schools and the aim of this initiative is to build from this base to provide a work integrated experience for students across all courses.”

The CEO of CCI (WA) Mr James Pearson, welcomed the opportunity to broaden the link between members of the CCI (WA) and Murdoch University.

The innovative partnership is part of a national initiative between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) launched in March by the Federal Minister, the Hon Chris Evans, and this new partnership is part of a state based rollout of the national project.

More information on the initiative can be accessed from Murdoch University at

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The Axe May 3, 2011

Might as well make universities TAFEs. Unis are meant to teach "why", not "how". Too much emphasis on practical skills.

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