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Welcome to Cooperative Education


Co-operative Education facilitate a unique learning experience which delivers a specific type and level of knowledge, understanding and skills development through learning by applying theory in practice.


To provide Work Integrated Learning (WIL) services to students to ensure their employability in the industry and entrepreneurship capabilities.


To promote and extend the academic learning process into the workplace through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) aimed at enhancing learner vocational maturation and mutual benefit to employers and the University.


From the Director

The need to develop work-ready graduates who can transfer the knowledge and skills from the lecture rooms to the workplace has become a key factor in higher education in South Africa.  In this regard, there has been a growing interest in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects and its potential impact on student development.

The performance of universities, particularly that of universities of technology in terms of teaching and learning, has received increased attention in the recent years.  This includes the employability or work readiness of graduates.

Employers expect universities to provide a strong knowledge base to students.  Universities of technology have identified the importance of close ties with industry, and therefore, they are responsive to the world of work.  Industry partnerships become an answer to unemployed graduates that are growing rapidly.


About the Department

The Co-operative Education Department at Vaal University of Technology is situated in the N-Block.  Our Reception is N203.

Postal address: Vaal University of Technology; Private Bag X021; Vanderbijlpark; 1900

Physical address: Vaal University of Technology; Andries Potgieter Boulevard; N-Block; 2nd Floor; Room 203; Vanderbijlpark; 1911


Co-operative Education Reception:

Tel: 27(0)16-950-9496

Fax: 27(0)16-950-9759

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Twitter: @VUT_Cooperative

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Contact Details:

Office of the Director:

Tel: 27(0)16-950-9137, Fax: 27(0)86-614-1186


Tel: 27(0)16-950-9372, Fax: 27(0)86-614-1186

WIL Administrator:

Tel: 27(0)16-950-9161, Fax: 27(0)16-950-9759

Information Coordinator:

Tel: 27(0)16-950-9707, Fax: 27(0)16-950-9759

Industrial Liaison Officers:

Tel: 27(0)16-950-9151/9343, Fax: 27(0)16-950-9759