Community Engagement and Internationalisation

Student Services

Work-Preparedness Programme

Before students leave for the industry, they go through an orientation programme or work-preparedness programme.

The objective of the work-preparedness programme is to explain the concept of work-integrated learning (WIL), what is expected of the student while on training and what the student must expect from the employer.

Students are each given a work-preparedness handbook that contains all the information necessary for students on a WIL programme.


During placement, the following takes place:

  • Students must apply to the WIL unit by submitting their CVs, academic records, copy of ID and covering letter to the WIL Unit.
  • The WIL unit forwards CVs to companies for WIL (experiential training), internship and permanent employment.
  • Letters are sent to the relevant company.
  • The selection is done by the company.
  • Interviews are conducted by the company.
  • Successful students are contacted by the company.
  • The successful students must then register for WIL.

NB: Students should join our Facebook page for employment opportunities. 

Work-Integrated Events

Business Breakfasts

Business breakfast is held annually at each of the four WSU campuses.

The purpose of this function is to recognise employers (private, public and NGOs) around our campuses for providing Work-Integrated Learning opportunities and permanent employment to WSU students.

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Business breakfast at the East London Golf Club

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL week)

WIL week is held annually at each of the four WSU campuses.

The purpose of the WIL week is to provide WSU final year students with face-to-face networking opportunities with employers.

It is also meant for employers to enlighten students on opportunities available in their companies on WIL, internship, permanent and part-time employment and bursaries.

Advisory Board Meetings

Walter Sisulu University, as an engaged university offering a comprehensive range of programmes, supports two-way communication on academic matters between the University, external stakeholders and the community it serves.

Advisory committees serve as one of the vehicles for achieving this objective.

There is an advisory committee for each instructional programme or group of programmes offered by the University with a compulsory WIL programme.  These committees meet at least once annually.

The functions of the advisory board are:

  • Provide input and guidance concerning aspects related to the curriculum (including admission and assessment requirements), external needs, vocational profiles, relevance and research
  • Contribute to programme review
  • Provide information relating to changes required in the curriculum deriving from changes in the external environment.