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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Work-Integrated Learning ensures work-ready graduates

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: From left, Engineering Faculty’s Luvuyo Kakaza, staff members of Emasithandane Children’s Organization Simphiwe Mabuya and Hazel Maposela as well as Azola Mayeza (Engineering Faculty) during the launch of a drive to raise donations to renovate the home in Nyanga East COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: From left, Engineering Faculty’s Luvuyo Kakaza, staff members of Emasithandane Children’s Organization Simphiwe Mabuya and Hazel Maposela as well as Azola Mayeza (Engineering Faculty) during the launch of a drive to raise donations to renovate the home in Nyanga East

One of the university's core aims is to enhance the employability and soft skills of our students before entering the workplace.

The Centre for Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning at CPUT strives to strengthen partnerships with industry, private organisations and the community in order to create an environment for the application of knowledge and production of well- grounded and socially responsive graduates.

Community engagement entails activities and programs offered by the university which involve collaborative interaction with individuals, groups, and organizations external to CPUT at the local, regional, national and international levels to achieve economic and social objectives using engaged teaching and learning initiatives, volunteerism, research and various forms of work-integrated learning, such as service learning and cooperative education.

In an attempt to implement the above definition, the centre integrates the following three units:

  • Co-operative Education, which is responsible for nurturing industry partnerships that result in student workplace learning;
  • Service Learning, that drives the integration of community engagement with teaching, learning and research and;
  • Civic Engagement, that coordinates volunteer and outreach programs.

 

The centre seeks to establish an empowering environment that supports the development of socially responsive and accomplished students through work-integrated learning (WIL) based on mutually beneficial partnerships with industry and the community. WIL gives students an opportunity to apply in the workplace the knowledge they gained in the classroom while earning a stipend for the six or 12 months spent at the company.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za