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The impact of a Work Place Orientation Workshop on engineering students’ workplace readiness
Ann Lourens, Mieshkah Dolley-Ryneveld

Last modified: 2019-08-28


One of the strengths of the engineering national diplomas, is work integrated learning (WIL). WIL provides valuable industry exposure to students and assists them with integrating gradually into the workplace.  Although the WIL component is in place, many students are unprepared for the realities of the working world.  To address this, a Workplace Orientation Workshop (WOW) was designed and presented to final year industrial engineering (IE) students. The aim of the workshop was to better understand the concerns and expectations of IE students and provide them with practical co-curricular advice. Results of the data collected in 2017 and 2018 indicated that the workshop successfully addressed students’ concerns and contributed positively to their workplace preparation. In light of the WIL being excluded from many of the new engineering programmes offered, this research contributes to informing the co-curricular interventions necessary to better prepare students for the workplace and for a work-life balance.

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