Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is designed to integrate academic learning with practical workplace experiences. It includes placements, internships, projects with industry and workplace simulations.
Are WIL activities paid?
WIL activities can be paid or unpaid and may be negotiated between students and the partner organisation in accordance with the Fair Work Act.
RMIT encourages WIL partner organisations to pay participating students an award wage, however given the opportunities for personal and professional development, students can be placed in unpaid WIL experiences.
Further guidance can be provided by RMIT WIL Practitioners within the relevant School.
What Intellectual Property (IP) implications are there for us?
All WIL activities involving a partner organisation must agree on IP ownership. This must be recorded within the WIL Agreement so all parties understand their rights.
In most circumstances, if the student is a paid employee of the partner organisation for the WIL activity, the partner organisation owns any IP created by the student. However it is important that IP ownership is discussed, agreed upon and documented within the WIL Agreement.
If the student is unpaid for the WIL activity, the student owns any IP created (unless otherwise agreed between partner organisation and student).
What are the School Requirements and Assessment?
Each discipline has varying requirements and assessment components for WIL activities.
WIL activities are embedded as part of the academic program with learning outcomes equating to credit towards one or more study units.
What is a WIL Agreement?
WIL Agreements are used for all WIL activities involving partner organisations. RMIT, the partner organisation and the student will sign the WIL Agreement. This ensures that all roles, responsibilities and learning outcomes are agreed upon and documented.
Are we insured during WIL?
Yes, enrolled students participating in WIL activities are either insured by RMIT or the partner organisation. If students are undertaking a paid WIL activity, the partner organisation will provide WorkCover or comparable insurance. If the activity is unpaid, RMIT has extensive insurance policies that cover WIL.
If you require an insurance Certificate of Currency please contact the RMIT WIL Practitioner within the relevant School.
How are students prepared for the workplace?
Students are offered support in preparing for WIL activities. These initiatives include:
- integrative learning through curriculum design
- University-wide events such as Careers Week and the Vacation and Internship Fair
- workshops covering topics such as Professional Networking, Managing Online Presence, and Mock interviews
- RMIT’s Careers Toolkit provides an online ‘WIL Ready’ set of modules for students to work through to support their preparation processes
- resume and job application reviewing service.
Students are also provided the following information from their WIL Practitioner:
- the purpose and aims of the WIL activity
- roles, tasks and expectations for meeting stated learning outcomes
- workplace rights and responsibilities
- assessment requirements.
What supervision do we need to provide?
A member of your organisation will act as a supervisor to the student when undertaking a WIL activity. This role involves acting as a mentor to the student, and offering appropriate support and guidance to facilitate a successful outcome to the WIL activity for the organisation and the student. This includes:
- advising the student of your organisation’s OH&S requirements, and discussing your equal opportunity and other related policies with the student
- providing constructive, ongoing performance feedback to the student throughout the activity
- informing other employees about the student, and the reason and purpose of the activity
- contacting the RMIT WIL Practitioner if any issues arise involving the student
- participating in student evaluations and feedback, as required.
RMIT WIL Practitioners will work with the workplace supervisor to explain and facilitate this process.
What if we want our student to continue working after the WIL activity ends?
A significant number of students obtain employment as a result of their WIL activity. Once students complete their program requirements and the WIL activity has ended, you can negotiate any future arrangements directly with them. All arrangements must be in accordance with the Fair Work Ombudsman National Employment Standards.
Where can we find more information about WIL and partnering with RMIT?
Contact Careers and Employability to be linked with students for WIL activities.