How we help


We help you build the confidence and skills needed to embark on your exciting career once you leave school.

The first step to a career

It can be tough out there! Competition can be fierce, and so many employers seek workers with experience, yet many students may not have held a part-time job yet, instead choosing to focus on excelling at their studies.

The Youth Partnership offers a range of services to prepare you for your career journey. Our services include work placement opportunities for VET students, mock interviews, industry tours, masterclass and job readiness workshops.

Our programs can help you get ahead of your competition and build your confidence. By adding the skills and experience gained from your work placement to your resume, you can become a more favourable candidate when applying for jobs.

Register for work placement!

We’ve seen students just like you make a positive impression and receive a job offer from their host employers.

Your work placement questions answered

Can I organise my own employer?

Yes, some students prefer to source their own host employer. First, speak with your teacher as they will need to check and approve that the host employer meets the guidelines. If your teacher approves, then simply have your host employer complete a Student Referred Host Employer Form to get started.

What happens if I am sick?

Getting sick can put a stop to your work placement. Always notify your host employer and teacher of your absence. You may need to get a doctors certificate to cover the missed time. Once you are feeling better, reschedule your work placement, and speak to your teacher about your next steps.

Will I be paid for my time?

Work placement is unpaid and a mandatory part of your VET course. There are many benefits when you participate in work placement, the primary one is gaining valuable industry experience as well as the opportunity to utilise and build upon the skills you have learned during your training.

The process for students

Now you have chosen your VET course you are probably wondering how to organise your mandatory work placement. It’s really simple, we’ve outlined the process below.

  • Register for work placement on this website;
  • The Youth Partnership will provide your teacher with a list of venues available for work placement, discuss the options with your teacher, and read the host profile to ensure you are able to meet their requirements;
  • Consult your parents/carer to confirm their consent;
  • One week prior to your work placement, contact the host employer and confirm your attendance, the start time, location details and also ask who to report to;
  • If you would prefer to source your own host employer, you can simply complete a Student Referred Venue Expression of Interest form;
  • We suggest you spend some time preparing for your work placement by working out what to wear and how to get there.

The benefits of work placement

The benefits of work placement are real and measurable as you practice and extend specific industry skills that you have learned in your course work. Some of these benefits include:

  • Put the skills you have learned in the classroom into practice
  • Many students receive job offers after work placement
  • Work placement is an ideal opportunity to secure references
  • Gain a better understanding of what it’s like to work in the industry
  • Develop new skills
  • Talk to professionals to learn more about the career pathways in the industry
  • Meet NESA and HSC requirements
  • Increase your confidence
  • Meet new people

Resources for students

We have created useful resources designed to help you prepare and build confidence for your upcoming work placement.

To access your VET course syllabus and information, and to learn more about your work placement requirements, visit the VET Course Information page by clicking below.


Are you enrolled in a HSC VET course in NSW and undertaking a work placement?

The NSW Department of Education has created go2workplacement to help you prepare for your placement. Once you complete the go2workplacement you obtain your Work Placement Ready Certificate.

The certificate lets your host employer know that you are prepared for your placement and have identified a set of skills and competencies to focus on during your placement.

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Host employers

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