Key points:

  • A key concern for employers’ participation in a work-integrated learning (WIL) program is the development of their talent pipeline.
  • Findings of this study highlight the desirability of students’ lifelong learning mindset (aptitude for learning, fluid intelligence, and adaptability) in filling talent pipelines.
  • Talent managers identified four themes related to how WIL impacts their talent pipelines:
    • WIL prepares students for success
    • WIL reduces hiring risks
    • WIL contributes to long-term relationships
    • WIL services make hiring easier