Subject choices at schools now include Industry Developed, entry level courses that give you a great kick start to a future career in the field you are studying and can even lead to a shortened traineeship or apprenticeship. These courses require you to complete work placements. This is called Structured Workplace Learning and is a compulsory component of vocational education and training (VET) courses. These courses include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism and are recognised by industry and the Board of Studies.
Work Placement allows you to practise what you are learning at school and enhance the skills you have learnt in the classroom. To demonstrate and hone those skills you will be required to complete 2 weeks of work placement (1 week in Year 11 & 1 week in Year 12) for each course with a local business which we help arrange for you.
Under the Structured Workplace Learning Program, an employer offers a student/s the opportunity to work as voluntary employees for 35 hours (usually in one week) in an area of business for which they are studying a Vocational Education and Training Course as part of their HSC. The number, timing and frequency of offers in a year are totally under the control of the employer.
MWLP liaises with businesses to see what opportunities they can offer over the year. Schools put in requests for what their students require and MWLP manages the process to make sure all requirements are met (including full insurance cover for the placement) and the needs of both parties are met.
How Is It Different To Work Experience?
Work Placement is very different to work experience (which you may have done in Year 10) as your work placement is directly related to the subject you are studying and it is a mandatory component of the subject. You also turn up on the first day with some skills you have already learnt from the classroom!
What Do I Get Out Of It?
An opportunity to try out new skills
Many students impress the employer greatly and receive positive reports, references or even job offers
Your work placement experience and report will be worth its weight in gold and impress prospective employers when you are applying for hotly contested job opportunities in the future
Obtain practical workplace skills, both general and industry specific
Develop an awareness of career pathways
Build confidence & develop maturity
Gain experience and an understanding of a realistic workplace
Meet Board of Studies HSC requirements
Gain credit transfer and recognition into further education and training
The possibility of being nominated by your employer for the MWLP Honour Roll. This gives you exclusive opportunities for an apprenticeship or traineeship with MG My Gateway, as well as other great benefits.
GO2WORKPLACEMENT -What students need to know!
Go2workplacement assists students to get the most out of their Work Placement. By completing the online modules students will identify specific skills and competencies to focus on during their work placement.
On completion of the modules students are awarded a Work Placement Ready Certificate which informs the host employer that they have prepared for work placement.
Go2workplacement is for students enrolled in HSC Industry Curriculum Frameworks VET courses in NSW, which have a compulsory work placement. It can be completed as part of class work or in the student’s own time.
Students must have a valid email address to register to complete the Go2workplacement modules. Students will also need an internet connection and a printer.
Pass the quiz and print the certificate to show the employer you are ready for work placement.
What Do I Have To Do?
Work placement is exciting and rewarding but can also be daunting. Below are some tips & responsibilities for you to follow which will help you to make a good impression while on work placement and to get the most out of it:
Complete all of your required paperwork prior to your placement and return it to your teacher otherwise your insurance is not in place and your placement will be cancelled.
Call the employer the week before starting your work placement – this is to introduce yourself and to ask any relevant questions. Employers will be expecting you to call. Make sure that you call the employer yourself, getting someone else such as a parent or teacher to call on your behalf does not make a good impression.
Make sure you plan how to get to your work placement, research your transport options and know what time you need to leave home etc. It is very important to be on time. If you are late due to unforeseen circumstances, make sure you call the employer and let them know. If you are going to be away sick, make sure you contact the employer and your teacher and let them know. It is your responsibility to make up for any time missed.
Dress appropriately according to the documentation you have been given. Heavy makeup, midriffs or piercings other than ears are not appropriate for work.
Don’t forget to take all equipment listed as necessary – chef uniform, took kit, safety boots, WHS white card and your work placement journal. It is your responsibility to ensure your journal has been completed and returned to your teacher.
Act in accordance with WHS regulations and workplace specific rules including maintaining confidentiality.
Ask questions and show initiative. Interest and enthusiasm impresses employers, and you will get more out of your work placement. If you have finished a task and have nothing left to do, ask for more work.
Switch off mobiles during work time and discourage friends from visiting you.
Be friendly to your workmates, be well mannered and respect the property of others.
The work placement isn’t quite what you expected? Not your ideal placement? Remember that you will obtain valuable transferable skills in any work placement you complete, such as working as part of a team, dealing with the public etc, which will be valuable experience for you. Remember also that as you have only just started, the tasks you complete are likely to be simple and may be repetitive. This would be the case if you were an entry level staff member. Perform these tasks as well as possible, and you could be given additional duties which may challenge you more.
If you experience a problem while on work placement, such as bullying, being asked to do something illegal or unsafe, or if there is anything you don’t feel comfortable with, call your teacher. These sorts of problems are very rare however they can happen, so make sure you have your teacher’s contact details with you.
When your work placement has been completed, thank your employer for having you there. Employers who offer work placement to students like to give students an insight into their industry. So please acknowledge them for their time and effort.
Remember that many students have gained a reference or even a job following their work placement. It is definitely worthwhile to make a good impression, and it shows respect for the employer and the effort they are making to provide you with a good work placement.