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Work placements

Work placements allow students to gain real experience in industries that match the courses they are studying. Students undertaking a VET course through their school or TAFE must complete one week placement in Year 11 and another in Year 12. 

What is work placement?

Through our ongoing relationships with employers across Greater Sydney, we coordinate work placements for students studying Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of their HSC.

Work placements allow students to gain real experience in industries that match the courses they are studying. With over 20 years of experience, we’re experts at ensuring the right students are placed at the right workplace.

Intended for students enrolled in HSC industry recognised courses, work placement is delivered by the school or TAFE. The Youth Partnership works with teachers to match course requirements with suitable opportunities.

Discover the benefits of work placement

Work placement gives students a first-person perspective into their chosen industry, preparing them for the future. It is not only a valuable opportunity to put classroom learning into practice, it also equips students with the skills that are essential in the workplace. These skills include:

  • Teamwork;
  • Confidence; 
  • Communication skills;
  • Self-awareness;
  • Breaking out of their comfort zone;
  • An enhanced CV with practical and relevant experience. 

With approximately 1 in 4 students being offered employment as a result of completing their work placement, this program offers proven results for students, teachers and our host employers.

Service areas

Our service areas include Sydney CBD, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, St George and the Sutherland Shire. We work with over 90 Government, Catholic and Independent high schools, and over 6 TAFE institutes.

How does it work?

During a student’s work placement, they will spend one week in a relevant workplace, learning under the supervision of a host employer. The host employer will guide the student as they put their learning into practice and extend their industry-specific skills. The activities the student will complete during their placement will be an extension of their course work. 

The goal of a student’s work placement is to gain specific industry competencies, which are assessed by teachers. If the student is successful in achieving industry competencies, they will receive an industry-specific VET qualification which is recognised throughout Australia.

We find that students thoroughly enjoy their work placements and return to school with plenty of stories to tell and newfound confidence.

Our contribution

Our role at The Youth Partnership is to coordinate work placement opportunities for students in an industry they are passionate about.

We’re proud to have ongoing relationships with employers across Sydney CBD, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, St George and the Sutherland Shire. Our connections across Sydney allow us to coordinate between all stakeholders to ensure a seamless process and single point of contact for schools and host employers.

We have expertise and resources which enable us to provide quality work placements for all VET students. We go above and beyond to prepare students for their workplace and make them feel not only comfortable but excited to begin their new experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Work placement is a planned opportunity in a quality host workplace for Year 11 and 12 school students studying particular industry-based courses. It enables them to practice and develop their industry competencies and their employability skills in a vibrant, real work context.

Work placement is a mandatory component of industry-based Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that students can choose as part of their studies for the NSW Higher School Certificate. The courses included are: Allied Health Services, Animal Studies, Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Early Childhood, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information and Digital Technology, Metal and Engineering, Plumbing, Primary Industries, Retail Services, Sports Coaching, Tourism, Travel and Events.

Work placement is coordinated across NSW by a network of Work Placement Service Providers in conjunction with school teachers and VET coordinators. Work Placement Service Providers are non-government, not-for-profit organisations contracted to support and coordinate mandatory work placements for students undertaking HSC ICF VET courses within a specified service region. Students can elect to arrange their own work placement as long as they have approval from their school.

Our service regions include Sydney CBD, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, St George and the Sutherland Shire. We work with Government, Catholic and Independent schools within this region. If you are interested in becoming a Host Employer outside of this area, please contact us and we can direct you to the appropriate Work Placement Service Provider.

The Youth Partnership currently works with more than 70 High Schools and TAFE campuses within our region, including Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Please contact us directly for more specific information on schools.

No, host employers don’t receive any payments for hosting students at their workplace. Their willingness to host students is to support the youth in the community and potentially identify future employees for their business.

Students are not paid by employers while on work placement. Work Placement Service Providers must ensure that host employers are aware of this requirement. Any payment may impact on the education sector’s insurance and indemnity provisions for host employers.

Work placement is different to work experience.

Work experience is usually undertaken by Year 10 students for up to one week. Work experience is for a student to gain an understanding of an occupation or business and to perform small tasks where appropriate, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced employee.

Work placement is undertaken by Year 11 and 12 students (sometimes Year 10) with an employer as part of a chosen vocational course at school. Students complete 35 hours in Year 11 and another 35 hours in Year 12. The placement needs to demonstrate that a student can display the necessary skills (learned in the classroom or on the job), which can be assessed against competencies required in the Training Package they are studying. Work placement is a requirement of a vocational course, with credit towards a student’s HSC and Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

Yes, each of the education sectors maintains insurance and indemnity arrangements to cover injury to students, loss or damage occasioned by students and indemnity arrangements for host employers (conditions apply). As is standard business practice, host employers must have current public liability insurance coverage. A copy of the Certificate of Currency can be supplied on request.

Students in construction, electrotechnology, metals and engineering, plumbing and some entertainment students, are required to have a White Card in order to complete their industry work placement.

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