2018 WIL Africa Conference

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2018 WIL Africa Conference

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2018 WIL Africa Conference

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Work-Integrated learning (WIL) creating value for the nation, the employers and students. Don’t miss the 3rd WIL Africa Conference on 18 – 20 July 2018, Africa’s premier platform for the development of WIL partnerships and sharing best practice. This SASCE conference will be co-hosted by Mangosuthu University of Technology (Lead Host), Durban University of Technology, Esayidi TVET College, Majuba TVET College, Mthashana TVET College, Thekwini TVET College and Umfolozi TVET College.


The theme this year, is: WIL: Policy to Implementation

  • WIL Successes Challenges and creative solutions
  • Integrated Perspectives to enhancing employability
  • WIL Curriculum issues including assessment, decolonization of education, etc.


The Deadline for Submission of Papers has been extended to 15 April 2018


Group Discount:

10% discount for 5 registered delegates per organisation
15% discount for 10 or more


Registration is now open click on the link bellow to register and book your seat

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You are invited to submit your articles and participate in the 2nd WIL Africa. The deadline for article submission is 15 April 2018. The conference theme for 2018 –WIL: From Policy to Implementation. Both academic and opinion articles are welcome. You can contact research@sasce.net for more info or

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WIL Africa 2018 Proceedings will include all accepted papers. WIL Africa Proceedings will be sent to be double blind peer reviewed for their inclusion in The African Journal for Work-Based Learning ISSN: 2412-7302 (printed) or ISSN: 2415-5055 (online).Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.

WIL AFRICA Conference Dates: 18 – 20 July 2018

Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre, Durban

Co-Hosted by: Mangosuthu University of Technology (Lead Host), Durban University of Technology, Thekwini TVET College, Esayidi TVET College, Mthashana TVET College, Majuba College, and Umfolozi TVET College

WIL AFRICA Conference is the Africa’s premier event focusing on Work-Integrated Learning, partnerships between industry and educational institutions and all forms of learning and training in the work place.

The pedagogy of integrating work and learning (WIL) and its significance and relevance in education and in employability of learners and graduates is well-documented around the world. Research has shown that WIL-graduates get better jobs, get jobs first and start with better salaries.

The South African Government strongly supports WIL and the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training (2013) includes the following extracts;

“Universities should seek to build strong partnerships with employers in order to promote the expansion of workplace training opportunities…”
“…emphasis will be given to strengthening partnerships with employers….”
“ SETAs are beginning to help establish partnerships between educational institutions and employers – especially to facilitate various forms of work-integrated learning”

“Workplace learning must be seen as integral part of qualification and programme design.” And “…training systems, including curricula, need to be designed around close co-operation between employers and education and training providers.”

WIL AFRICA Conference is a premier event showcasing various models of WIL and Co-operative education and work-based learning. Debate and discussion and best-practice as well as the challenges facing WIL from policy to implementation will be encouraged through workshops and round-tables at the conference.

The 3rd WIL AFRICA to be held from 18-20 July 2018 at Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre will showcase various partnerships and best practice models. Platforms will be afforded to WIL students and industries that strongly advocate WIL.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training has been invited to open the Conference.Several industry partners have already committed to participating and voicing their strong support for WIL.


Welcome to the WIL-Africa 2018 Conference!

Dear WIL Delegates,

On behalf of the Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE) Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd WIL Africa Conference, to be co-hosted by Mangosuthu University of Technology (Lead Host), Durban University of Technology, Esayidi TVET College, Majuba TVET College, Mthashana TVET College, Thekwini TVET College, Umfolozi TVET College in Durban, South Africa.

The WIL Africa Conference is a premium annual event on Cooperative and Work Integrated Education. Building from a very successful 2nd WIL Africa Conference in 2016, SASCE is equally excited at the anticipated success the 3rd conference and would in advance like to thank government representatives, industry, education, labour and student representatives who will be participating in the conference.

The Global advocacy by World Association on Cooperative Education, the continental advocacy by SASCE, more WIL adoption by universities around the world as an educational strategy and the South African Government position as reflected in the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training Are all a reflection of the growing importance of WIL in student employability.

If Human Capital is the most important asset of any organisation, then the alignment between the required Human Capital profile and the quality, relevance and work readiness of the graduates from our institutions who are the talent supply, is critical and impacts on the employability of the students post their studies. The 3rd conference theme is “WIL: From policy to implementation“.

The theme: “Policy to implementation”. and the sub-themes are: –

  1. WIL successes, challenges and creative solutions.
  2. Integrated perspective to enhancing employability and entrepreneurship.
  3. WIL Curriculum issues including assessment, decolonisation of education, etc.

The participants here will be from educational institutions, industry and various government organisations and also includes WIL students/graduates. The conference happening at the time at a period of slow economic growth, increasing unemployment and demand for access to free education. We are confident that through the Conference the stakeholder community will interrogate how these and recent decisions by some institutions to drop WIL will affect throughput and employability of graduates. Workshops are a key feature of the programme.

Participants may request funding from their institutional skills’ funding to attend the workshops and conference.

SASCE thanks the various speakers and panelists who have agreed to participate. More details of the keynote speakers and sponsors will be forthcoming shortly. (www.wil-africaconference.com ) The conference also has an Awards Banquet, where we recognise the contribution made by several organisations and individuals.

The conference is supported by the NSA. Apart from the presentations, discussions and debates, the WIL Africa conference is also about networking. We expect that there will be many alliances and collaborative initiatives that will develop at the conference.

Your continued support for the annual WIL Africa Conference is appreciated.

Wishing you a great conference!

Carva Pop
SASCE President

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The Co-hosts welcomes SASCE delegates to Durban our vibrant, multicultural and dynamic city, pulsing the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Durban. We are proud to host the 3rd WIL AFRICA Conference brought to you by SASCE focusing on WIL from Policy to Implementation in the African Continent.

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