A Mentorship Framework for WIL in Software Development

  • Mosima Anna MasetheEmail author
  • Hlaudi Daniel Masethe
Conference paper


The major difficulty faced by potential graduates in the software development diploma in South African universities of technology is lack of placement for work integrated learning. Most companies do not have anyone with time to properly mentor a potential graduate. The student challenge is transition from the academic environment to the workplace without graduate attributes, such as employability skills, kaizen theory and productivity theory. The universities on their own cannot prepare a student for the real world of work without engaging external industry partners. The research study provides a mentorship framework to operationalize simulated work integrated learning to incorporate concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation in writing applications according to industry outcomes. The research results present a case study of the Tshwane University of Technology in the implementation of the mentorship framework for simulated work integrated learning.


Attributes Economy Learning Mentorship Simulation Technology 



This work was supported by Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Software EngineeringTshwane University of Technology eMalahleni CampuseMalahleniSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Software EngineeringTshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa

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