Work-Integrated Learning on the Rise 2.0
International Virtual Conference
29-30th April, 2021
We are delighted to announce that registration to the WILNZ 2021 Virtual Conference is now OPEN!
The registration for the conference has been updated with new arrangements.
This registration link is for the WILNZ Virtual Conference 2021.
Note: Because the portal for last years conference has been used, there are occasional references to NZACE and 2020 still lurking in the system.
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Who We Are
Work-Integrated Learning NZ
Whakarongo ki te tangi a te manu nei a te mātūī.
Tui tui tui tuia.
Tuia i runga, tuia i raro
Tuia i roto, tuia i waho.
Tuia te taura here i a tāua te tangata
ki te whaiao ki te ao mārama
Whakamaua kia tina! TINA!
Haumi e, hui e! TĀIKI E!
Listen to the sound of this bird, the tūī.
Lash, stich, weave together
Weave above and below
Weave inside and outside
Weave the cord which ties people together
Into the world of light and understanding.
Positive affirmation by all
United in our endeavour
Work-Integrated Learning New Zealand (WILNZ) is a not-for-profit, incorporated society that brings together a network of people involved in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). Until recently we were NZACE. We agreed to change our name at our last Annual General Meeting and are in the process of implementing this change at present.
Our membership includes individuals and institutions around New Zealand who facilitate WIL experiences in many different forms. WIL embraces all forms of experiential learning utilized by educational institutions and industry to prepare the next generation of global professionals. It can be known by different terminology such as work placements, work-based learning, cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, clinical rotations, service learning and community service.
We bring together our network of colleagues through webinars, discussion forum and online communications. We support and publish research in WIL and provide guidelines for institutions with WIL programmes. We have links with overseas WIL networks. We host an annual conference to bring our network together to present research and good practice.
A New Logo for WILNZ
Over the last year NZACE has been through a transformation with a name change and new logo. Through extensive consultation with our members, a resounding consensus was reached to change the name to WILNZ. This name better reflects who we are and our purpose. We are excited to launch our new logo for WILNZ.
The new WILNZ logo.
This logo was designed by two WIL design students whose original placements discontinued due to COVID19: Libby Hare from WINTEC and Laura Thresher from University of Waikato.
WILNZ is appreciative of the work of Laura and Libby (pictured above) and thanks Karsten Zegwaard and Klaus Reiter (WILNZ Board members) for supporting the students.
The logo also incorporates a Maori proverbial saying which was gifted to the organisation.“Tuia te ako, tuia te mahi, tuia te ara whaihua e “ (translaton: Weave together the learning, weave together the work, weave together productive pathways ahead)
This beautiful proverb reflects the work that our members do to provide rich and broad educational experiences for learners, community and industry.
Work-Integrated Learning NZ (WILNZ, ex NZACE) is a non-profit organisation that promotes cooperative education/work-integrated learning to education providers, workplaces and government in New Zealand.
Our membership consists of staff from institutions around New Zealand who facilitate student work experience in business, research institutes, and industry as part of students’ educational programmes.
We initiate, support and publish research in cooperative education and provide guidelines for institutions seeking to establish cooperative education programmes. We have links with overseas cooperative education institutions for research and student exchanges.
Every year we host an annual conference for cooperative education practitioners to present research and new programmes.
The 2020 AGM instituted the award of Fellow of WILNZ. This award is for outstanding academic contribution to the Work-Integrated Learning community on recommendation from the Executive Board of Work-Integrated Learning New Zealand Inc and approved at a General...
Dr Jenny Fleming, from Auckland University of Technology, and our current President, was recently awarded the Ralph. W. Tyler Award by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, of the United States. This award recognises outstanding and distinguished...
Kathryn Hay of Massey University received the annual Social Work Field Placement Recognition Award from the Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Association. Congratulations to Kath on being just the second New Zealander to receive the...
Thanks to our major sponsors for their support
Work Integrated Learning
- Skilled, motivated temporary staff
- Projects completed cheaply
- Easy recruitment
- Reduced training costs
- Access to tertiary institution personnel and facilities
- Enhanced corporate profile
- Involvement with tertiary institution programs
- Real life learning experiences
- Enhanced career prospects
- Develop personal and interpersonal skills
- Combine work with study
- Motivated students
- Learning supplemented by work place experiences
- Enhance community profile
- Improve industry links