ECU Work Integrated Learning
Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) and ECU students benefit from the ECU Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program.
The WIL team in the School of Business and Law have established a partnership with the Intercontinental Hotel Group. ECU business students – majoring in HRM, Marketing, Accounting and Hospitality – and others completing a Bachelor degree in International Hotel and Resort Management are completing work placements at IHG properties as part of their studies. The partnership is all part of the IHG Academy, the hotel companies global work experience program.
The ECU School of Business and Law offer WA organisations the opportunity to host students in the latter stages of their studies on work placements in their businesses. Public, private and not-for-profit organisations of any size and across all sectors are invited to participate. The placements are free of charge for Host organisations and insurances are covered. Students are available from a range of Business disciplines, including Accounting, Finance, Management, Project Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Sport and Recreation, Events Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students are assigned to work for approximately 100 hours, equating to 1 or 2 days per week over the 13 week semester.
Kate Brough, Area Human Resources Business Partner (WA & QLD) feels “WIL is equally valuable for both students and employers. The students who have workplace experience during their studies generally have better graduate opportunities compared to students who do not work during their studies. The employers also benefit from WIL because they get to personally know the most talented and committed students and are often able to retain and develop those students further after they graduate from University.”
Saraya Borgogno, an HRM student who undertook her placement at IHG in 2014, and is now a full-time Admin Assistant at IHG says “The ECU WIL program was great. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when the position became available.”
Prior to participating in the WIL program, Saraya tried to obtain work experience herself with no success. Saraya was most impressed with “the quality level of the organisation she was matched with”. Saraya felt that the organisation really showed interest in the student, ” they really wanted to help develop you”.
Saraya considers the benefits to employers being “two-way, with both the employer and student learning a lot from each other”.
To find out more about Work Integrated Learning opportunities please contact THE LINK team on: [email protected] or telephone +61 8 6304 2211.