UNILAK increasingly recognizes that theories learnt in classrooms are not enough to produce knowledgeable and competent graduates and can no longer substitute for practical experience that are much sought after by employers. Its students are therefore required to undergo a compulsory period of industrial attachment, as part of their degree course, for acquisition of practical skills and abilities in a work environment. In order to ensure high quality attachments, UNILAK partners with organizations likely to provide meaningful experiences.
Brief description of the programme
The industrial attachment is typically the equivalent of a 10-credit course. It should have a minimum of six weeks and is scheduled during holidays or term-time of the final year. It is coordinated through the Office of Career Advisory Center in partnership with respective Faculties and Departments.
First and foremost, students find companies of their choice while Career Advisory Center facilitates placements of those who fail to get places. Given that industrial attachment is intended to be a new learning experience for students, no attachment in the students’ existing workplaces will be allowed. Throughout the attachment period, students should abide by the attachment code of conduct and host organizations’ rules and regulations. Supervisors from the organizations to which students are assigned (Host Supervisors) and Academic Supervisors from students’ departments are responsible for supervising and assessing the attached students. In this regard, students will be provided with a set of assessment guidelines so that they are aware of the areas of knowledge and skills on which they will evaluated. At the end of the attachment, students are required to make industrial attachment reports.
Objectives of the progamme
The Industrial attachment aims to:
– Familiarize students with institutions of their discipline and enable them to apply the acquired knowledge in a real work situation;
– Provide opportunities for students to gain practical and soft skills which would be attractive for future employment;
– Facilitate students to learn more about their fields of study and related career prospects from a real-world perspective;
– Enable students to meet and network with professionals in their respective fields of study;
– Ensure the academic programs suit the expectations of the labour market.
Responsibilities of the industrial attachment’s stakeholders
The industrial attachment involves three stakeholders namely UNILAK, Host Institutions, and students. The responsibilities of each stakeholder are as follows:
UNILAK is responsible for:
– Looking for opportunities from various institutions and match them with the number of students qualified to go on attachment;
– Providing students with adequate orientation prior to their attachment and all required documents;
– Providing the Host Supervisors with all materials to be used in the process of assisting students under their supervision;
– Ensuring that students on industrial attachments are regularly supervised wherever they are attached;
– Setting up a code of conduct to guide students on industrial attachment;
– Appointing academic supervisors to oversee the smooth running of the attachment.
Host Institutions are responsible for:
– Exposing the attached students to relevant activities to ensure that they obtain useful experiences related to their field of study;
– Providing attached students with the necessary facilities, equipments and guidance for the smooth running of their attachment;
– Appointing knowledgeable and highly skilled supervisors (Host Supervisors) who are liable for: introducing and inducting attached students for their successful entry to the Host Institution, supervising and monitoring the students’ progress and performance, filling in the students evaluation form at the end of the attachment and send it in a sealed envelope to the Faculty within one week after the end of attachment period;
– Making the necessary recommendations to improve the industrial attachment programme and students’ learning.
Attached student is responsible for:
– Selecting the attachment Institution;
– Collecting an introduction letter from the Institute to be presented to the attachment site;
– Submitting a filled acceptance form to the Career Advisory Center within four days after being accepted by the host institution;
– Reporting to the Institution to which he/she is attached and carry out the attachment programme as required;
– Properly and timely filling in all the required documents;
– Demonstrating high standards of professionalism, adaptive and collaborative abilities at the attachment site;
– Reporting to the Institute any problem encountered likely to prevent him/her from having a successful attachment;
– Submitting an industrial attachment report as per guidelines within 2 weeks after the completion of this exercise.
Outcomes of the industrial attachment
The industrial attachment has shown to benefit every stakeholder in different ways.
The attached students are expected to:
– Enhance competencies and competitiveness in their fields of study;
– Gain understanding of workplace expectations and professional ethics;
– Take advantage of invaluable guidance from skilled supervisors;
– Build a network of professional and personal contacts;
– Better explore and pursue their personal and career development.
INILAK is expected to:
– Produce well grounded graduates who are highly qualified to meet labour market expectation;
– Improve linkage with industry for technical development;
– Know skill gaps and improve the training delivered for industrial relevance;
– Become more reputable thanks to its students’ productivity.
Host Institutions are expected to:
– Benefit from short-time additional manpower to supplement existing staff;
– Benefit from and exploit students’ fresh perspectives and initiatives;
– Know future skills availability and scout potential employees among attached students;
– Influence the training of future generation of employees.