Work Experience and Work Integrated Learning
Gaining workplace experience is important for students, allowing them to make Industry connections and develop their work-related technical and transferrable skills. Work experience can provide a link between theoretical issues covered in a student's course and the world of work.
Fair Work Act 2009
QUT recognises the value of work and volunteer experiences for students, and has developed policies and guidelines to ensure activities comply with the Fair Work Act 2009.
The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that students are paid at least the minimum wage for work experience undertaken within organisations unless the work is undertaken as a vocational placement or is classified as voluntary work.
To avoid the creation of an employment relationship and be in breach of the Act, QUT will not advertise or facilitate unpaid internship, work experience or volunteer positions unless:
- The work experience is a component of a formal academic program (i.e. WIL)
- The work experience is being managed through QUT's Real World Placement Program
- The work experience is arranged by a mentor/mentee taking part in QUT's Career Mentor Scheme, and will occur at the mentor's place of work, or
- The work experience is a volunteer role with a registered not-for-profit organisation and the organisation has insurance coverage for volunteers.
If activities fall outside of the above exemptions, the student may be deemed to be an employee and will become legally entitled to at least the minimum wage.
Work Experience (not for credit)
Work experience can take many forms, for example:
- work placements
- community service learning
- cooperative education, and
- volunteer work.
These experiences usually have two things in common:
- they are not permanent positions
- they involve training and learning in the work place.
Where can I advertise not-for-credit work experience opportunities to QUT students?
The Real World Placement Program (RWPP) is a new initiative of QUT, channelling our most motivated students into the best co-curricular placement opportunities. The RWPP team work with the host organisations to advertise and support paid and unpaid work experience and volunteering opportunities.
Paid work experience opportunities, or volunteering opportunities with a registered not-for-profit organisation can be advertised on QUT CareerHub.
Students are insured by QUT while undertaking an approved unpaid placement through the RWPP. Students undertaking a volunteering opportunity with a registered not-for-profit organisation must ensure that they are covered by that organisation's volunteer insurance. Please see here for more.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Work experience can also be used for course credit (i.e. projects or work they undertake with industry can be counted towards a student’s degree). WIL is one aspect to QUT's commitment to Real World Learning.
Many courses at QUT offer WIL as an opportunity for academic and practice-based professional learning to occur together within a work environment. WIL (requirements, length, contacts etc) will vary in relation to each faculty and course.
More information can be found here.
International Work Placement Scheme
The QUT International Work Placement Scheme (IWPS) is no longer running as a separate program in 2014. If you are interested in providing QUT students with an internship at any time during the year, please see the QUT Real World Placement Program (RWPP) or contact the RWPP team.
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