Business School

Business Practicum: For employers


Do you want to help a UWA student gain practical experience in their chosen field of work?

About the Business Practicum

Would your organisation benefit from new ideas and energy?

By hosting a UWA student as they complete a short term work placement at your organisation, you can gain a fresh perspective and access to brilliant minds, as the students gain hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study.

The Business Practicum offers your organisation the opportunity to gain the expertise of UWA Business School undergraduates in their second or third years of study, or of postgraduate students.

The experience may be in the nature of a short-term internship (normally of around 100-120 hours) where students gain relevant, supervised work experience. Other opportunities may involve specific projects, where the student works on the solution to a problem or explores possibilities for an organisation.

As part of the experience, in their own time, students are required to undertake a number of reflective activities throughout their placement. This includes a final report in which they combine their studies with employability skills research, discuss their activities and make the link between their acquired skills and enhanced employability.

The aim of the experience

The aim of the Business Practicum units is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to put theory into practice and in doing so, to acquire additional skills that enhance their employability and aid successful transition in to the workplace.

The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework [PDF, 688 KB] (produced by the Australian Government) provides guidance from which the UWA course operates. The ‘skill areas’ identified in the Framework link closely to the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education’s Program Learning Goals which are:

  • Knowledge and skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Reflective learning skills
  • Social and ethical awareness
  • Leadership and strategic skills (MBA only)

The UWA Handbook also has further information and unit requirements for postgraduates and undergraduates.

How to offer a placement

We are eager to provide a variety of opportunities to our students and invite organisations to submit their proposals for consideration. If you would like to offer an opportunity, or to find out more, please contact us here.

More information regarding industry placements and work integrated learning (WIL) at UWA can be found on our WIL webpage.

What is expected from a host organisation?

Each student is required to work in a supportive and supervised environment when undertaking their work placement.

The host supervisor will be asked to complete a brief feedback form shortly after 30 hours of the placement has been completed, to track students’ progress and to address any issues or concerns the Supervisor may wish to discuss. A final evaluation is also to be submitted at the end of the work placement.

Fair Work Act

Information regarding the Fair Work Act for vocational work placements is available on the Fair Work Act and Insurance section of our website.

Insurance

The University of Western Australia offers its students insurance for unpaid, approved work placements. The company must however provide:

  • public liability insurance
  • professional indemnity insurance
For further information, please refer to the Student Personal Accident webpage.