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Title:The mitigating effect of work-integrated learning on graduate employment in South Africa
Author:Jonck, P.
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic term:South Africa
higher education
educational policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2014.934988
Abstract:This article seeks to provide theoretical insight into supply and demand factors within higher education and how these relate to each other and to graduate unemployment within the South African context. Research was undertaken primarily to determine the graduate unemployment rate at a higher education institution in South Africa and secondly to ascertain whether work-integrated learning or workplace exposure (WIL) had an effect on graduate unemployment. Statistical analysis revealed that the graduate unemployment rate at a certain higher education institution in 2011 was 46 percent while WIL reduced graduate unemployment. The unemployment rate for students who had had no WIL was 63 percent, whereas the unemployment rate for those who had complete WIL in the course of their higher education training decreased to 26 percent. Findings supporting the mitigating influence of WIL are a potentially valuable contribution to policy and practice in higher education. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]