Work-Integrated Learning for Mining Engineering Training and the Employability Nexus in Traditional Research Universities

A Case of Selected South Africa Universities

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  • Paul Dipitso University of the Western Cape

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v12i6S1.2192

Abstract

Globally, employability is increasingly becoming an issue of concern in higher education due to demands from the labour market requiring work-ready graduates. In the Global South, particularly South Africa, universities are on a quest to develop competence and improve student employability. This paper is set to investigate the impact of work-integrated learning on employability for mining engineering undergraduates in South Africa.  The research data were collected using the mixed methods approach and a case study design. Experiential learning was used to examine the impact of work-integrated learning on the employability of mining engineering students. The findings provide a description of perspectives for mining engineers, lecturers, and workplace supervisors concerning the enhancement of employability for mining engineering students. The findings revealed that professional associations play a crucial role in the development of professional skills. This article argues for strong partnerships with industry partners to nurture the employability of mining engineering students.

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2021-02-05 — Updated on 2021-02-05

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Dipitso, P. (2021). Work-Integrated Learning for Mining Engineering Training and the Employability Nexus in Traditional Research Universities: A Case of Selected South Africa Universities. Journal of Comparative &Amp; International Higher Education, 12(6S1). https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v12i6S1.2192

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