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Systems, Process Management and Quality Assurance

Experiential Learning systems, processes and resources sub-division of FoL

The curriculum of some of Unisa’s qualifications includes one or more compulsory work-integrated learning (WiL) modules/subjects, where the learning takes place through workplace experience.

Unisa differentiates between ‘work to earn’ as primary reason versus ‘work to learn’ where such work-experience represents a credit bearing part/s of the curriculum of the qualification. This sub-division of the Directorate: Instructional Support & Services is internally responsible for the enabling systems, processes and resources; unfortunately not any direct support to students.  Please ask the lecturer/s of the module/s concerned or approach your nearest regional office(new window) for assistance.

  • When students register for compulsory modules, a pop-up(JPG)(new window) appears containing a question with three answers to choose from. The data captured enables academic departments and regional centres to plan support.
  • Unisa staff may NOT disclose any information of students to potential experiential learning providers. Unisa’s Data Privacy Policy emphasises the right of students to decide when, how and under which circumstances personal facts may be disclosed. From time to time companies approach Unisa with work-integrated/experiential learning opportunities. Currently registered students for WIL modules that would like to be considered for such opportunities are recommended to complete and submit a curriculum vitae form (DOC) to the office indicated on the form.  Companies interested in recruiting Unisa graduates (contrary to offering workplace learning to current students) may do so through the Directorate for Counselling & Career Development. 
  • Herewith some useful YouTube resources:
      1. Make sure what is wanted — gather the facts
      2. Identify own strengths and weaknesses — practice talking about strengths; selling self — what can contribute; prepare to talk about developmental areas
      3. Consider transferable skills from past achievements — practice talking about these
      4. Prepare a CV that stands out from the rest — sell self and what can bring to an organisation
      5. Sign up with reputable recruitment agencies that would strive to get relevant jobs window)
      6. Network — tell everyone in personal network and who meet that looking
      7. Diligently prepare for each interview — research the organisation and the interviewers
      8. Consider each opportunity coming up
      9. Be yourself — smile, relax, show what you can offer
      10. Don’t give up — tenacity

American in nature, but worthwhile, because of the five key points:

      1. Employers look for strong academic records
      2. Demonstration of leadership skills important
      3. Work experience very important
      4. Experiential learning an important alternative
      5. Demonstration of extra-curricular activities adds value
  • (new window) is a database of opportunities, not a recruitment company or an agency. The database aims to help students who are in need of opportunities that are available from companies that offer among others internships, in-service training, experiential training and other opportunities beneficiary to students.
  • The National Youth Development Agency (nyda)(new window) offers a range of services, among others, a jobs database and matching service.
  • The Directorate for Counselling & Career Development website further help students to explore various available information sources to make the best possible career-study and personal choices.

Apart from several benefits (PDF) involved in hosting Unisa students for workplace experience, it is further feasible for employers to obtain funding from the appropriate Sectoral Education and Training Authority (SETA).

Unisa takes out public liability insurance against claims (PDF) that might arise from students undergoing work-integrated learning at experiential learning providers.