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.

At our 2020 AGM the organisation voted to change its name to Work-Integrated Learning New Zealand (WILNZ). This followed consultation with members, who showed strong support for the name change.


Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is thriving and widely accepted as good practice in New Zealand education, and WIL partnerships are sought after. 



To provide leadership for the advancement of practice and research in WIL. 



  • Collegiality
  • Inclusiveness
  • Partnerships with Integrity
  • Embracing Innovation
  • Lifelong Learning