Hunter Trade College currently employs two Workplacement Officers (WPO) to provide placement support for our Trade Students.
Each Placement Officer currently look after different trade areas.
Mark Trewhella is responsible for: Metals and the Automotive Trades
Lynette Lambert is responsible for: Carpentry and the Electro- technology Trades.
The primary focus for ‘Work Placement’ is not to get jobs, but to provide opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in their preferred trade.
This is an essential and important part of the curriculum.
All work placements are monitored and an comprehensive report completed with the assistance of the employer. The reports are a valuable assessment toll to gauge the student progress.
And ideally suited for the students portfolio.
- Each student must complete 50 workplacement days per school year to pass the Industry based segment of their Trade course
- Students must also be deemed ‘Work Ready’ before they commence their placements.
- To become Work Ready a student needs to:
- Complete Risk Assessment Training
- Complete & pass WHS Whitecard Training
- Complete First Aid Training
- Complete the ‘Safe Operation of Hand tools’ training
- Trade teachers must be confident that each student can work Safely in the Workshops.
- The Student enrolment fee must be paid and student work placement permission forms must be signed & returned to the HTC Administration Office.
Most Year 11 students will commence their first work placement at the beginning of term 2.
WPO’s will interview each student prior to commencing each placement. They will make every attempt to place the student within their local area. But parents must be prepared to transport their son or daughter at least within a 30 minute radius from home at least until their child has a car & their Provisional licence.
Most students will complete a minimum of three placements with different employers each year. It depends on the student and sometimes the wishes of the parents, the weather, the labour market and needs of the employer.
Some students obtain a School based Apprenticeship or Traineeship with their first or second employer so they will stay with that employer in Years 11 & 12.
If a student has a successful placement employers are encouraged to consider a SBAT option.
Students are covered by HTC Insurances while attending their placements. The Students, Work Placement Officer and employer must sign a Student Placement Agreement before a student commences their placement.
WPO’s organise a quick ‘meet & greet’ with the employer usually in the week prior to commencement.