During WIL placement students are mentored and provided an opportunity to apply theoretical cognitive knowledge into practice and increase their chances of getting employed. Mentorship in the context of WIL placement is a mutual relationship were learning occurs in the workplace.
The importance of the partnership between NUST and industry, challenges and expectations, were discussed. Industry representatives from 55 organisations who have supervised and mentored students during WIL placement took part in the workshop. Various concerns were raised by the participants and the challenges faced as well as the minimal support received from the university among others. One of the co-facilitators, Ms Bronkhorst, highlighted “that what is most important is that a mentor considers his or her ability to assist students to learn. In addition, it is the responsibility of a mentor to ask questions to the mentees to be able to expose them to the correct learning areas related to their field of study and to guide them in their personal development journey”.