Types of WIL

Now that you have a better understanding of what WIL is, let’s take a look at the various types of WIL activities.

Keep in mind that universities and organisations will sometimes use different names for the WIL activities. Also, since there are many types of WIL activities, it can get a bit confusing. Thankfully, most WIL activities fit into one of three categories.

You may do a placement (sometimes called an internship), an industry or community partner organisation might provide a project for you and your class to work on or you might complete an activity in a simulated workplace environment (which may or may not involve a real industry or community partner).

Select each type of WIL activity below for an explanation:

WIL placement activities involve you being placed in a workplace environment with an organisation. Depending on your education provider’s requirements, your placement could be short or as long as a 40 week internship.

Some types of placements are:

  • Practicums
  • Clinical placements
  • Fieldwork
  • Co-operative education
  • Internships
People in a classromm

WIL projects are generally set up for a group of students to undertake a real project that is based on real problems or that address the needs of an organisation or community group. Sometimes the projects can include working with students who are studying other disciplines or even with students from different education providers. The projects may take place in class, online or sometimes in the workplace.

WIL projects are also known as:

  • Industry or community projects
  • Work-based projects
  • Research projects in a workplace that are designed for and with industry and community partners
Students working in a lab

Sometimes WIL activities occur in simulated work placement environments, where it’s safe to try out work practices and develop your skills. These environments are designed to imitate real workplaces in the way they function and the equipment they use.

Examples of these type of activities include:

  • Mock hospital wards or clinics
  • Moot courts
  • Radio, TV, design and art studios
  • Engineering labs with real-world equipment
  • Chemistry laboratories
  • Practice firms

Preparing for your WIL Activity: What is WIL?

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