Work Integrated Learning on the Rise v2.0

28-30th April, 2021


28-30th APRIL 2021 | University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Conference fees

Details to come

Two ways to register:
a) Register online and pay by credit card in the same process.
After registration, you will receive a GST tax receipt that contains all information needed for reimbursement of fees or by your institution for their records.
b) Receive invoice and pay direct to bank account or by cheque
Contact to request an invoice.

For any options other than the above, contact

WILNZ has arranged a discounted rate for the Novotel Hotel in Hamilton Central. Bookings need to be direct with the hotel, using the following discount codes.

Novotel – 1835704

There will be a university shuttle from the Novotel to the University (and back) at set times everyday.

Tourism Waikato


While in Hamilton, enjoy some of our local activities!




The amazing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, blackwater rafting, and ziplining. Everything from an easy glowworm cave experience to a full-on adventure (abseiling into a cave, blackwater rafting!).





Great bush walks and cycling trails


Call for Papers for 2021 WILNZ Conference

Key dates are as follows:

  • Abstracts – due mid December 2020
  • Papers for proceedings  – 28th February 2021
  • Abstracts for student posters – 28th February 2021

Abstracts will be reviewed with rolling acceptance, with notification received three weeks after submission.

General aims of conference:

➢ to report research in work-integrated learning(WIL)/cooperative education in New Zealand
➢ to debate topical issues
➢ to report on good practice & innovative features
The conference may help WIL practitioners, academics and NZACE members enhance their practice, research and publishing capability.

Conference streams:
➢ Research papers
➢ Topical issues
➢ Good practice papers
➢ Student posters

➢ either Quick Pitch (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions) or
➢ Full Presentation (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions).
A Quick Pitch presentation is for topics more suited to a short presentation. All presenters are encouraged to submit a paper for the conference proceedings.

Papers will be accepted for the program on the basis of a short ‘structured’ abstract (see the full Instructions for Authors document).

Papers for the proceedings can be either a short summary paper or the full conference paper. Papers are refereed and published in the conference proceedings. Papers need to be at least 1,200 words and must not exceed 1,800 words (excluding references). Authors may also be encouraged to produce a more substantial paper for publication in a journal such as International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL).

Student posters:
Student posters can be displayed at the conference. An abstract can be submitted for inclusion in the Abstract booklet and inclusion on the NZACE website. Alternatively just bring the Abstract to the conference.

Each poster must accompanied by someone registered for the conference. Posters can demonstrate visually the work a student has undertaken or can demonstrate reflection about their placement in work-integrated learning. Laminated poster minimum size of A2 and maximum of A1. Examples of previous posters available on request.

Call for PapersInstructions for Authors

Instructions for EASYChair for WILNZ Conference

If you have any queries, during the process, please contact
EasyChair is an online conference management system used for WILNZ Conferences. In order to submit papers to the conference you must first create an EasyChair account.
Note: If you have used EasyChair for a previous conference your existing username and password will work for the current WILNZ conference – go to Paper Submission instructions on page 2.

EasyChair Account Creation
1. Go to the EasyChair WILNZ Conference page.
2. Click the sign up for an account link
3. Enter the re-CAPTCHA text (this is to stop automated programs from misusing EasyChair)
4. Fill in the form and click Continue
5. You should now get an account creation email from EasyChair. Follow the link provided in the email and complete the Account Creation form and click Create my account.

WILNZ EasyChair Abstract Submission
1. Go to the EasyChair WILNZ Conference page.
2. Sign in using your EasyChair User name and Password
3. Selected New Submission from the menu bar
4. Complete the form with the author and submission details. Then copy and paste Title and Abstract into the box (WILNZ prefers that abstracts are up to 400 words rather than the 500 allowed by Easy Chair). Enter Keywords. Select Topic (Type of Abstract – see instructions for authors for definitions of presentation types)
5. Click the Submit button
At this stage a file with the abstract should not be uploaded. This is for papers at a later date. Just ignore this part of the screen when submitting an abstract.



Pre-conference workshop April 28th, 2021, 1-4pm

Managing risk in work-integrated learning
Led by Dr Craig Cameron from Griffith University in Australia

Craig describes the workshop as:
Work-integrated learning poses ethical, legal, reputation, strategic, operational and financial risks for higher education. So what are some of the key risks and how can you manage them? In this hands-on workshop, I will equip you with the nuts and bolts of risk management, followed by group activities that explore recent conundrums experienced by WIL practitioners.  

Register for the workshop through the same process as for the conference.
Price: $85 plus GST = $97.75

Who We Are

A New Logo for WILNZ

Over the last year NZACE has been through a transformation with a name change and new logo. Through extensive consultation with our members, a resounding consensus was reached to change the name to WILNZ. This name better reflects who we are and our purpose.  We are excited to launch our new logo for WILNZ.  This logo was designed by two WIL design students whose original placements discontinued due to COVID19: Libby Hare from WINTEC and Laura Thresher from University of Waikato.

WILNZ is appreciative of the work of Laura and Libby (pictured above)

WILNZ is appreciative of the work of Laura and Libby (pictured above) and thanks Karsten Zegwaard and Klaus Reiter (WILNZ Board members) for supporting the students.

The logo will also incorporate a Maori proverbial saying which was gifted to the organisation.“Tuia te ako, tuia te mahi, tuia te ara whaihua e “ (translaton: Weave together the learning, weave together the work, weave together productive pathways ahead)

This beautiful proverb reflects the work that our members do to provide rich and broad educational experiences for learners,  community and industry.


Work Integrated Learning NZ (WILNZ, ex NZACE) is a non-profit organisation that promotes cooperative education/work-integrated learning to education providers, workplaces and government in New Zealand.

Our membership consists of staff from institutions around New Zealand who facilitate student work experience in business, research institutes, and industry as part of students’ educational programmes.

We initiate, support and publish research in cooperative education and provide guidelines for institutions seeking to establish cooperative education programmes. We have links with overseas cooperative education institutions for research and student exchanges.

Every year we host an annual conference for cooperative education practitioners to present research and new programmes.

The following outlines key contributions WILNZ and associated members have made, and are continuing to make, in the national and international arena of cooperative work-integrated education.

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Employers, students and educational institutes benefit from participation in WILNZ…

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Dr Jenny Fleming receives prestigous award

Dr Jenny Fleming receives prestigous award

Dr Jenny Fleming, from Auckland University of Technology, and our current President, was recently awarded the Ralph. W. Tyler Award by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, of the United States. This award recognises outstanding and distinguished...

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Award Winner – Kathryn Hay of Massey University

Award Winner – Kathryn Hay of Massey University

Kathryn Hay of Massey University received the annual Social Work Field Placement Recognition Award from the Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Association. Congratulations to Kath on being just the second New Zealander to receive the...

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Major Sponsors

Thanks to our major sponsors for their support


How to make the most of Work-Integrated Learning

How to make the most of Work-Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning

Everyone Benefits


  • Skilled, motivated temporary staff
  • Projects completed cheaply
  • Easy recruitment
  • Reduced training costs
  • Access to tertiary institution personnel and facilities
  • Enhanced corporate profile
  • Involvement with tertiary institution programs


  • Real life learning experiences
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Develop personal and interpersonal skills
  • Combine work with study

Education Institutes

  • Motivated students
  • Learning supplemented by work place experiences
  • Enhance community profile
  • Improve industry links