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Work-Integrated Education (WIE) is a special internship programme in PolyU.  WIE is defined as ‘work-based learning experiences which take place in an organizational context relevant to a student's future profession, or the development of generic skills that will be valuable in that profession.’ Its objective is to help students develop a range of valuable generic attributes and to apply theories to real-life situations.

WIE is a compulsory component of all full-time undergraduate programmes in PolyU, including ITC. In order to be eligible for graduation, ITC students must complete one WIE activity of at least 120 hours and get a ‘PASS’ in the assessment during the time of study at the university.

 

What activities will be counted? 

  • The job nature and activities of the WIE must be structured and measurable learning experience in an organizational context relevant to students' future profession in the fashion and textiles industry
  • The duration of internship for WIE must be 120 hours or more
  • All WIE activities must be sought prior approval from ITC and obtained a ‘PASS’ in the assessment. Students are highly recommended to complete the WIE before promoting to the final year of study

 

WIE Fulfilment Procedures

Timeline Procedures
2 weeks
before starting work

All students must submit WIE Placement Learning Agreement Form online to ITC for PRIOR approval. This is applicable to the jobs sourced via ITC, CAPS, and by students.

 

Students will be notified by e-mail whether their proposed WIE activities are approved or not within 2 weeks after the day of request received. Only the approved job/internship will be considered as WIE record.

1 week

before finishing the work

 

and

 

within 2 weeks 

after finishing work 

When your internship / WIE placement is almost completed, students are required to submit the Assessment Form to ITC via email 1 week before finishing the work and within 2 weeks for processing of grading. In the other words, students should NOT submit the assessment form if their placement has not yet completed. Besides, students should NOT submit the form months or years later after the completion of placement. Otherwise, ITC general office may consider their form invalid.

 

Step 1. Download the 2-page form

Step 2. Complete page 1 by student

Step 3. Complete page 2 by your workplace supervisor

Step 4. Scan two pages and convert to pdf format

Step 5. Send the pdf file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please be reminded that it is the students' responsibility to invite their workplace supervisor(s) to complete the Assessment Form on their work performance.

 

If the WIE job is sourced via CAPS or by the student, employers are required to first submit basic information of their business via an online Company Registration Form before the completion of the evaluation form.

After Submssion of Assessment Form

ITC general office will verify the submitted form with the records saved in ITC WIE database for assessment purpose.

 

WIE Assessment

Students must pass the assessment on the approved WIE activities in order to be able to graduate. Upon receipt of Assessment Form, a grade of Pass/Fail will be recommended by the academic supervisors based on the feedback from workplace supervisors and the self-reflection from students.

Employer involvement is important to monitor student learning progress and give appraisal at the end of the internship period. Appraisals prepared by the workplace supervisors will provide comments on students' performance at work. Basic and generic competency in the workplace will be assessed.

Important: WIE working panel will reserve the right of final decision on the result of the WIE activities in case of dispute. 

 

Minimum Wage Ordinance

Statutory minimum wage does not apply to the following student employees:

  • student interns; and
  • work experience students during a period of exempt student employment

It is important to note that the Minimum Wage Ordinance does not apply to interns/students with no employment relationship with the host organization or company. However, statutory minimum wage applies if a work experience student has not agreed with his or her employer to treat a certain period as a period of exempt student employment.

If students want to accept a job paid below the statutory minimum wage (including no-pay internship), please send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for issuance of the corresponding document.

 

Insurance

PolyU has in place a Group Personal Accident insurance (GPA) policy covering students taking on local and offshore activities.

Further protection has also been arranged through the ‘Top-up GPA for WIE activities’ for approved WIE activities. In order to be covered by the Top-up GPA, students are reminded to submit WIE application form to ITC as early as possible to seek PRIOR approval.

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