Trustjoy Tourism believes that an industrial visit has its own importance in a career of a student who is pursuing a professional degree. The objectives of industrial visits are to provide students with insight regarding internal workings of companies. Theoretical knowledge is not enough for making a good professional career, with an aim to go beyond academics, industrial visits provides student a practical perspective on the world of work.

What is an industrial tour?

Industrial tours are designed to integrate students with the workplace. By taking students and physically placing them in an organisation in a programme format for learning purposes. The tour itinerary is structured to observe the practices of an organisation. Students will get an insight into the internal working conditions. They will have an opportunity to see the challenges each organisation face in the world of business. Industrial tours also sensitize students to reality so they can select suitable careers.

The importance of industrial tours

Learning from textbooks, online platforms, lecturers do not suffice the learning from real-life practical work. TrustJoy Tourism has found the importance of holistic learning through tourism. Industrial visits are a complete package that offers students a wide opportunity to awaken their knowledge to their desired career. These tours are a great source for practical learning and students have the opportunity to observe at a workplace. Students are exposed to the real working environment and have the opportunity to be shown how things operate in an organisation. It boosts self-esteem, it provides clarity and students have the opportunity to ask questions and decide on which career path they will embark on.

Industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution is here and the way we live and work have evolved. As part of industrial tours, students will be exposed to the revolution trends. This is a new chapter for human development in the technological sphere. The new age of the workplace has evolved in terms of how we think, how we apply knowledge and innovation to solve problems. Old technologies are being replaced by new technologies at a rapid pace. The fourth industrial revolution is an era that may disrupt the normal functioning of the workplace and society at large. Industrial tours will allow students to know and be in the loop to where the world is heading.

Industrial tours enhance learning

Outcome-based education (OBE) is one of the education methods used in South African schools to attain what the student does after school. Student learning should go beyond the classroom and academics. Industry tours help develop insight critical thinking and problem-solving. Students can improve their interpersonal relationships by being involved in industrial tours programmes, Markom et al. (2011). Furthermore, according to Smith et al. (2005) enhancing student learning entails; industry tours, level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and a supportive campus environment. Industries like engineering, medicine, and psychology have included industry training in their curriculum. This further emphasizes on the importance of industrial tours.

Seven benefits of industrial tours;

  1. Industrial tours bridge a gap for the real-life workplace and theoretical theories.
  2. Students who are pursuing professional careers, industrial tours will expose them to real and hands-on experience on how the specific industry operates.
  3. Students have the opportunity to have an interactive session outside the classroom environment.
  4. When students are provided with industry experience they will have better decision power to the path they take.
  5. Industry experience will give them communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  6. The students have an industry perspective and understand what it entails to be in that career.
  7. Students get to understand organisation practices and regulations.

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