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WIL Africa Conference 2016

Tue Sep 20, 08:00 - Thu Sep 22, 16:00

University of Johannesburg - Auckland Park Kingsway Campus


Work-Integrated learning (WIL) creating value for the nation, the employers and students. Will be hosting its 2nd WIL Africa Conference on 20 – 22 September 2016, Africa’s premier platform for the development of WIL partnerships for addressing youth employability challenges by engaging in stimulating debate & discussion that promotes sharing of best practice with Key Industry stakeholders, Academics, Students, Government and other organisations that have an interest in ensuring graduate placement after completion of their studies. This SASCE conference will be hosted by University of Johannesburg.

This year, the conference will focus on improving the employability of graduates through WIL experiences that applies both education and experimental learning by providing internship placement opportunities for students who are required to be exposed to Industry before completion of their studies or to gain much needed experience to give them work readiness skills after graduation. It is an inititive that is developed to bridge the gap between academic content of the study and link to corporate world through practical learning.

Each year, WIL & SASCE are very pleased to recognize individuals, group or company that have demonstrated Leadership in the corporate world.

Access to structured learning in the workplace and workplace mentors can increase employability of graduates and plays a crucial role in the career success of job seekers and can boost economic progress, especially in developing countries within the African Diaspora.

Accommodation Contact Details:

Garden Court Hotel
Tel: 010 219 1000
Fax: 011 726 8615
Garden Court Milpark, Cnr. Empire and Owl Street, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2073

Booking code for hotel discount: 528451


Welcome Note

Published at: 26-07-2016 19:06
Dear WIL Delegates,

On behalf of the Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE) Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd WIL Africa Conference, to be hosted by University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

The WIL Africa Conference is a premium annual event on Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning. Building from a very successful inaugural WIL Africa Conference in 2015, SASCE is equally excited at the anticipated success this year and would in advance like to thank government representatives, industry, education, Labour and student representatives who will be participating in the conference.

The Global  advocacy by World Association on Cooperative Education, the continental advocacy by SASCE,  more WIL adoption by universities around the world as an educational strategy and the South African Government position as  reflected in the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training Are all a reflection of the growing importance of WIL in student employability.

If Human Capital is the most important asset of any organisation, then the alignment between the required Human Capital profile and the quality, relevance and work readiness of the graduates from our institutions who are the talent supply, is critical and impacts on the employability of the students post their studies. The conference theme for this year is therefore "WIL and Employability

The conference is therefore at an appropriate time (even though convened at short notice). The participants here will be from educational institutions, industry and various Government organisations and also includes WIL students/graduates. All these voices can contribute to a framework that is acceptable and practical.

The conference will again showcase best practice models and allow for interrogation of these and important policy issues such as the National Framework for WIL. Workshops are a key feature of the programme and these include Student Tracking Systems, WIL in TVET Colleges, Forming partnerships with Industry, etc.

Participants may therefore request funding from their institutional skills funding to attend the workshops and conference.

SASCE thanks the various speakers and panelists who have agreed to participate. More details of the keynote speakers and sponsors will be forthcoming shortly. (www.wil-africaconference.com )The conference also has an Awards Banquet, where we recognise the contribution made by several organisations and individuals.

The conference is supported by the NSA.  Apart from the presentations, discussions and debates, the WIL Africa conference is also about networking. We expect that there will be many alliances and collaborative initiatives that will develop at the conference.
Your continued support for the annual WIL Africa Conference is appreciated.

Wishing you a great conference!
Shakeel Ori
SASCE President


The inaugural WIL Africa conference 2015 was Africa’s premier event focusing on Work-Integrated Learning, partnerships between industry and educational institutions and all forms of learning and training in the work place.
The pedagogy of integrating work and learning (WIL) and its significance and relevance in education and in employability of learners and graduates is well-documented around the world. Research has shown that WIL-graduates get better jobs, get jobs first and start with better salaries.
What was the purpose of the awards?
The award ceremony took place on day two of the inaugural WIL Africa Conference 2015.  The purpose of the award ceremony was to celebrate the contribution, success and achievements of the organisations who partake and promoted Work – Integrated Learning in their work place and other environments. The awards ceremony was exciting and well attended as it showed off the potential of Work – Integrated Learning in Africa!
Why did SASCE include this aspect in the Conference?
SASCE included the awards ceremony as part of the inaugural WIL – Africa conference to endorse the organisations abilities and reward their achievements, contribution and reward them for their excellence in helping to ignite the spirit of integrated learning in the work place.
SASCE as an organisation also acknowledges and motivate individuals who stand for Work -Integrated Learning, and as a token of appreciation and a form of encouragement to continue promoting and making a positive contribution to this initiative SASCE included the award ceremony to the conference.
What other categories were there?
  • The award for leading the development of innovative work-integrated learning (WIL) programme in TVET sector was awarded to CHIETA.
  • The National Skills Authority was awarded the leadership in skills development & commitment to leading the development of co-operative education & Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)award.
  • Nombulelo Nxesi was awarded the leadership in education & commitment to leading the development of co-operative education & Work-Integrated Learning (WIL).
  • Namibia University of Science & Technology was awarded for leading the development of co-operative education in Namibia.
  • Provincial Government of the Western Cape was awarded the Long-Standing Commitment to co-operative education & work-integrated learning (WIL).
  • Sampan Silapanad was awarded for leading the development of co-operative education & international work-integrated learning (WIL).
  • Long-Standing commitment to Co-Operative Education & Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) was awarded to The City Lodge hotel group, Siemens, Telkom, Transnet, Consolidated Power Projects Tsogo Sun and Independent Newspapers.
  • Wholesale & Retail Seta was awarded The Leading the Development of Innovative Co-operative Education School of Excellence model in the Retail Sector
How many people attended? And from where i.e. Ghana, Japan, Germany, Ethiopia etc.?
Over 250 delegates from Africa attended the WIL Africa conference. Delegates who attended the conference were invited to attend the awards ceremony and witnessed the acknowledgement of our fellow work – integrated participants who were awarded.
Some outcomes from the Conference that need addressing.
  • Due to the influx of unregistered delegates who attended the conference, the first day registration process at the conference was challenging as we didn’t participate the high volumes of unregistered delegates.
  • More interactive sessions and breakaway workshops need to be incorporated in the conference to encourage two- way engagement with delegates and speakers.


Article Guidelines – Notes to Contributors

Please read the instructions carefully before sending your article for consideration.

Submission requirements

Authors should confirm that their article is original work and has not been published or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Authors should submit their articles by e-mail to the Editor: [email protected]. Please ensure that the electronic file is the latest and final version.
A title page should carry the full title (12 words) of the article, its author(s) and relevant institutional affiliation and contact details (mailing address, telephone and fax numbers and email address). The first page of the text proper should carry the title of the article but not the
name(s) of the author(s). The article should be typed in, Calibri (Body), 11pt, 1½ spacing (including all notes and references, and between 5 000 and 7000 words in length). 

An abstract of 100 – 150 words in length,covering the main argument(s), methodologies and conclusions, should accompany an article plus a list of at least six keywords for abstracting and indexing services.
All articles shall be critically reviewed.


All correspondence and enquiries should be directed to:
The Editor
The African Journal for Work-Based Learning
PO Box 524
Auckland Park
Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 5591222
Fax: +27 11 5591239
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sasce.co.za

Referencing style

The Harvard sixteenth edition style references is used, that is references. The list of references should include every work cited in the text. Ensure that dates, spelling and titles used in the text are accurate and consistent with those listed in the references: Examples:

In Text:

Book (1 author)

Berg (2009) argues that...
“Quotation” (Berg, 2009, p.76)

Book (2 to 3 authors)
Guerrero, Andersen and Afifi, (2011)...
As noted by Guerrero, Andersen and Afifi (2011)
“Quotation” (Guerrero, Andersen & Afifi, 2011,p.51)

Book (4 or more authors)
(Guerrero, Andersen, Afifi & Afifi, 2009) for the first time
(Guerrero et al., 2009)....
“Quotation” (Guerrero et al., p.76)

Book (Editor/s)
(Marshall, 2008) Chapter in an edited book
As noted by Marshall (1975)....
“Quotation” (Marshall, 1975, p.76)

Book No author
(The Australian Oxford dictionary, 1999)

Chapter in an edited book
As noted by Marshall (1975)....
“Quotation” (Marshall, 1975, p.76)

Personal Communication
(R. Brink, personal communication, May 28,2010)
R.Brink (2010, personal communication, May 2)
said ...
(not include in reference list)

Government reports
(Western Australia. Department of Health
Nursing and Midwifery Office, 2013).

Journal article (electronic/online)
Wilson (1995) argues that.....
“Quotation” (Wilson, 1995, p.66)

Journal article (printed)
Trefts and Blacksee (2000) argue that....
“Quotation” (Trefts & Blacksee, 2000, p.376)

Newspaper (online)
Randerson (2008) argues that.....
“Quotation” (Randerson, 2008, p.14)

…as reported by the BBC (2008)
“Quotation” (BBC, 2008)

The references should be listed in alphabetical order in full at the end of the paper in the following format In Reference list.

Book (1 author)
Berg, B. (2009). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences. 7th Ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Book (2 to 3 authors)
Guerrero, I. K., Andersen, P. A., & Afifi, W. A.(2011). Close Encounters Communication in
Relationships (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications Ltd.

Book (4 or more authors)
Marshall, C., Marshall, R., Marshall, R., & Rossman, G. B. (2009). Designing Qualitative
Reasearch. (2nd ed.). India: Sage Publications Ltd.

Book No author
The Australian Oxford dictionary (3rd ed.).
(1999). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book (Editor/s)
MARSHALL, C. (Ed.) (2008) Designing Qualitative
Research. India: Sage Publications Ltd.

Afifi, W. A. (2014). TMIM [Adobe Digital Editions].
Retrieved from Ebook Library.

Unpublished Masters or PhD
Lodewyckx, D. P. G. (2006). An interactive qualitative analysis of educational psychology students’ self-efficacy beliefs in career counselling (Unpublished master’s dissertation).University of Pretoria.

Chapter in an edited book
Afifi, W. A., & Morse, C. R. (2009). Expanding the
Role of Emotion in the Theory of Motivated Information Management. In T. D. Afifi (Ed.), Uncertainty, Information Management and
Disclosure Decisions Theories and Application (2nd ed., pp. 151-170). New York: Routledge.

Government reports
Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. (2013). Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2011–2015.
Retrieved June 19, 2012, from http://www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au/projects Journal article (electronic/online)
Almeida, R. A., Dickinson, J., Maybery, M. T.,
Badcock, J. C., & Badcock, D. R. (2010).Visual search performance in the autism spectrum II:The radial frequency search task with additional segmentation cues. Neuropsychologia, 48(14), 4117-4124. Retrieved June 19, 2012,from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2 010.10.009

Journal article (printed)
Abeysekera, I. (2006, March ). Issues Relating to Designing a Work-integrated Learning Program in an Undergraduate Accounting Degree Program
and its Implications for the Curriculum. Asia- Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 7(1), 7-15.

BBC NEWS. (2008) Factory gloom worst since1980. [Online] Retrieved June 19, 2012, from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/

NB! The journal will be published twice per year – in April and in October – and will be made freely available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sasce.net. A limited number of hard copies will be made available at specific events. This particular edition will double blind peer review. Readers are free to make copies of articles available for non-profit educational purposes. This is an open resource publication


The 2nd WIL AFRICA Conference is Africa’s premier event focussing on Work Integrated Learning, partnerships between industry and educational institutions and all forms of learning and training in the work place. This year’s WIL AFRICA theme is WIL & Employability and will encourage debate and discussion, research presentations and showcase models and development in Work Integrated Learning.

Following SASCE’s and WACE’s “WIL-POWER” world conference in Durban in 2013, and the inaugural WIL-AFRICA Conference in 2015, this is the strengthening of the WIL movement in Africa.

Apart from South African WIL Stakeholders, invitations have been extended to the African Union and other African countries. The aim is to make WIL Africa a signature WIL conference on the continent.
SASCE is hosting this inaugural conference, the expected number of delegates is 250 delegates, who will consist of WIL Proactive participants  from around the Continent, Africa, South-Africa, Officials from National, Provincial and Government Departments, NGO’s, Media, Academics, Corporates and various other key stakeholders with a vested interest in Work Integrated Learning.
An industry exhibition will form an integral part of the WIL Africa Conference providing organisations with an exclusive opportunity to showcase their products, services and technologies, innovative concepts, new research, products and technologies within the Education sector.

The exhibition will run from the 20 September 2016 until 22 September 2016, with set-up day being 19 September 2016.. All refreshment breaks as well as lunches will be served in the exhibition area to ensure maximum exposure for all organisations. There will be ample opportunity for delegates and exhibitors to network.

The exhibition stands are 3x3m in size and are built from shell scheme. A basic stand is supplied with walls, fascia board (with company name), light fitting, and a power point. Corner stands will have two sides open. Each wall is made up of three panels, supported within an aluminum frame. If a company contracts for two stands, no dividing wall will be erected, but there will be two lights and two plugs.

Cost per 9m² packaged exhibition stand: ZAR 15 000 (3 days); R7000 for one day or R12000 for 2 days.

For more sponsorship opportunities to fit your budget and preferences and/or to for the opportunity to exhibit at the conference, email [email protected]

  • 2 x Complimentary Exhibitor registrations (includes daily catering)
  • Standard Shell Scheme (one)
  • 1 x Round/Trestle table
  • 2 x Chairs
  • 2 x Conference bags for staff manning the stand
  • 1 x Electrical plug point
  • 2 x free tickets to attend the WIL Africa Welcome Cocktail Party on Monday evening 23 November 2015
  • 2 x free Gala dinner ticket on Tuesday evening 24 November 2015
  • 3 x Gala dinner tickets discounted (50%) @ R300 each – additional tickets at full price of R600 p/p
  • Additional registrations for persons to man the stand at R1000 p/p, covers 3 days. (Max 2 additional people per stand, includes daily catering and a conference bag)
  • Exhibitors manning the stand who wish to attend the full conference can do so at a cost of R1200 (excl social events). Maximum 2 per exhibition stand, rest will pay full conference price.


WIL Africa Conference 2016
University of Johannesburg - Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Kingsway Ave & University Road, Johannesburg, 2006, South Africa
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