Internship based learning
Authentic learning and learning in context are both valuable experiences for a learner. In a changing world of employment and skills, the majority of graduating learners are not ready for the workforce – whether that be at the end of secondary schooling or after tertiary education.
Allocating time and significance to internship learning is a priority for Learnlife. In fact, multiple internships would be of maximum benefit. A goal would be to create long term internships where a learner gets to really understand.
Employers increasingly want to see experience in the graduates they hire and they see internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates.
For the learner - internships enable you take your career plan for a test drive, while gaining valuable understandings of the work or career context. Internships are themselves a means by which to grow skills, confidence, motivation and work habits. It also potentially introduces the learner to the world of networking.
Industry partners can enable learners to gain work experience in a wide variety of settings. Learning communities will act as base camps, with learners spending much of their time working and learning in the community. The work of the learning guide should be to help learners enrich and expand their learning at the internship, and to reflect on their experiences.
As learners become more self-directed, the amount of time dedicated to internship-based learning would increase. Ideally learners would spend a day a week in an internship context as they were headed towards industry specific employment.