The Work Placement Program provides you with access to host employer work sites where you can engage in industry experience related to your trade/VET courses. These courses form part of the College Higher School Certificate curriculum.
The Work Placement Program involves negotiation between the College and employer about the trade skills and competencies you will undertake on the job. The Work Placement Program enables you to access the same pathways as a School-based Apprentice or Trainee, providing you meet the minimum work placement attendance requirements.
As part of the Work Placement Program, you are required to complete a minimum number of placement days prior to the completion of Year 12. You will undertake placement in both your major and minor trades.
The College has a responsibility to:
ensure that the placements are appropriate for your skill level and trade course.
negotiate your work-based training program or the activities you will undertake when you attend the workplace.
work with your host employer to identify and ensure compliance with safety and other mandatory requirements, including child protection.
monitor your progress and skills development during your work placement.
You must be assessed as “work ready” before you can commence work placement. Work readiness requires you to successfully complete your General Construction Induction (White Card), Senior First Aid Certificate, EEO/anti-harassment and anti-bullying training, and basic hand and power tool skills.
Our Work Placement Officers work closely with more than 300 Hunter Valley employers/businesses to source work placements for students.
Our Work Placement Officers will discuss with you the details of each work placement and will require an annual approval from a parent/carer before you can participate in the Work Placement Program. Work placements are usually 20-day blocks with each employer and you will have exposure to at least 3 employers each year.
You are covered by Hunter Trade College insurance while attending organised placements. All paperwork must be completed prior to the commencement of a placement, and you may request a meeting with the employer before you start. You must return your completed work placement timesheets each week to the College office. All paperwork must be complete before the next work placement can commence.
We will seek school based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) opportunities for you during your work placement. If you take up a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, your employer will pay you the award rate training wages for your work. You do not receive payment for Work Placements.
If you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Work Placement team.