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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Top Work-Integrated Learning Students commended

EXCELLENCE: Faculty WIL Coordinators spoke enthusiastically about the importance of WIL program. EXCELLENCE: Faculty WIL Coordinators spoke enthusiastically about the importance of WIL program.

Faculty of Applied Sciences students who are participating in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programme were urged to be hands-on during their industry training.

The faculty hosted an industry breakfast for second year students and industry partners. Among the attendees were former WIL students who were top achievers in their respective programmes during the 2018 academic year. WIL coordinators awarded top achievers with certificates and a plaque. Faculty of Applied Sciences lecturer and WIL coordinator, Prof Lalini Reddy, highlighted the importance of working closely with the industry to prepare the students for work.

“Industry is invited to continue to engage with the institution to ensure students are provided with adequate learning in the work place,” she added.  Guest speaker, Lorna Odendaal from Kutsha Agriculture, said internships benefit industry as well as students, but that expectations can be different from both parties.

She said students need to adopt a pro-active attitude.

“Be hands-on, do whatever needs to be done, learn as much as you can from everybody, taking part, experiencing as much as you can, ask lots of questions,” she said.

She then urged industry partners to make the internship placements meaningful.

In concluding her address, Odendaal told students to remain humble and in the service of others.

“To have a diploma or any tertiary qualification is a noble thing, but wear your nobility in your heart rather than your head,” she said.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce


Provides coverage for the Engineering and the Built Environment and Applied Sciences Faculties.