With an emphasis on vocational education and training, RMIT University produces some of Australia’s most employable and work-ready graduates.

With an emphasis on vocational education and training, RMIT University produces some of Australia’s most employable and work-ready graduates.

Work integrated learning at RMIT

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities offered in our programs equip students to follow structured workplace learning that helps prepare them for the workforce. The practical placement is designed to help students of all programs better understand what they have learned by studying and putting it into practice in the workplace for a specific period of time. There is a range of WIL opportunities offered, including:

Voluntary placements

Voluntary placements offer students the opportunity to gain work experience and on-the-job organisational training often in a not-for-profit or community based organisation and are not paid.

Industry projects

Industry projects may take the form of a research project; organisational problem solving project or any other form of substantial project on which the student works in liaison with industry.

Paid co-operative education placements

Students become an employee of the organisation (in Australia or overseas) and receive a wage, for 40 to 80 hours of working in industry.

Apprentices and trainees

Programs directly relate to specific jobs and careers and are evaluated annually to maintain currency and relevance through consultation with industry, staff and students.

The Commonwealth Government provides financial incentives for employing apprentices or trainees. Your organisation may be eligible to receive additional financial support to train existing staff as apprentices or trainees.

Our partnerships

Australian Defence Force

For over 11 years, we provided tailored technical and workplace training for the Australian Defence Force. The Basic Medical Assistant Course is a 40-week course that focuses on nursing skills, first aid, anatomy and physiology. The program delivery model was built on dual teaching arrangements providing academic knowledge and Defence Force ethos. On completing theory components, students gained practical experience by undertaking placements within civilian and Defence Force health providers.

Participants graduated with a Certificate IV in Nursing from RMIT University and were eligible to apply for registration as an endorsed medications enrolled nurse. Over 800 students have graduated.

Austin Health

In partnership with Austin Health we've developed a traineeship program to support the transition of skills learned throughout the Certificate III program into the workplace. The end product, known as the health assistant in nursing, works within a pre-ordained scope of practice and under supervision, complementing the pre-existing health workforce.


We successfully tendered to design an online training and development program for WorkHealth – a five-year initiative by WorkSafe to provide free health checks in Victorian workplaces to improve prevention of chronic disease. We developed, and now deliver, online training for the clinical health check workers, including training and support for clinical supervisors. More than 1300 professionals have now used the program including 155 clinical supervisors, and 720,000 Victorians have received WorkHealth checks.

For more information or to enrol visit Worker Health Check.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer