Work-integrated learning (WIL) encompasses several forms of experiential education that connects students, employers and industry.
If you are a Red Deer Polytechnic student, faculty member or staff member, or if you are an employer, this page provide information about WIL as it is coordinated through RDP’s Career Education and Experience Development Centre
What is Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)?
Through WIL, post-secondary institutions, employers and students work together to reach shared goals that strengthen learning, build skills, and contribute to an adaptable and resilient workforce aligned with the labour market.
WIL includes a diverse set of experiential education opportunities including mandatory professional placements (MPP), community service learning (CSL), work experience, field placement, applied research, entrepreneurship and internships, as well as co-ops.
WIL can be traditional or non-traditional, and it is an evolving ecosystem much like workplaces and post-secondary institutions. At Red Deer Polytechnic we classify WIL into four groups: Mandatory Professional Practice (MPP), Community Learning, Innovative WIL, and Internships and Co-operative Education.
Learn more about the different types of WIL, as described on the Business + Higher Education Roundtable webpage.