What is Mandatory Work Placement?
The Work Placement Program provides you with access to host employer work sites where you can engage in industry experience related to your VET Courses. The HTC VET courses form part of the College Higher School Certificate curriculum.
The Work Placement Program involves negotiation between the College and employer about the employability skills and competencies you will undertake on the job. The Work Placement Program is based on the requirement to complete a minimum of 100 days of work placement prior to the completion of Year 12. This is a requirement of The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) and allows you to be enrolled in a VET Certificate III qualification and the HSC Industry Based Learning (IBL) course.
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 to be undertaken when you attend the workplace.
- Work with the host employer to ensure safety and other mandatory requirements, including child protection are identified and complied with.
- Monitor your progress and skills development during work placement.
You must be assessed as ‘work ready’ by your trade teacher before you can commence work placement. Work readiness requires you to have successfully completed your WHS General Induction course, First Aid and Take 5 courses, hand and power tools and WHS competencies relevant to each trade course. Your Work Placement Permission Form must be signed by your parent/carer and returned to the administration office and all required College fees to be up to date.
The College will withdraw you from work placement if:
- There are genuine concerns about your work readiness or if you have a number of WHS breaches.
- You fail to complete a work placement without good reason.
- Your progress and attitude is such that your continued involvement in the workplace program may bring the College into disrepute.
- There is a PROVEN complaint about your performance from an employer.
- You fail a drug and alcohol test at your workplace or at the College.
In such a case, the following actions may be implemented by the College:
- An improvement plan will be negotiated and completed by you before you can resume work placement.
- You may be withdrawn from the Work Placement Program and the Industry Based Learning course.
You may be enrolled in the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational standards in order to maintain your HSC pattern of study if negotiated with the CEO
The College will seek School-based Apprenticeship and School-based Traineeship (SBAT) opportunities for you during your work placement. As an SBAT you will be paid the award rate training wages for your work.
It is not possible for the College to guarantee an SBAT will be offered to you from a workplacement. An offer of an SBAT is entirely at the discretion of the employer
You are NOT paid for Work Placements.
How Do Students Obtain a Placement?
The College Work Placement Officers work closely with more than 300 Hunter Valley employers/businesses to source work placements for our students.
The College will discuss with you the details of each work placement and will require an annual approval from your parents/guardian before you can participate in the Work Placement Program. Work placements are organised in 15 to 20 day blocks with each employer.
The College may give special approval for a placement involving accommodation away from home but only if the employment value is exceptional and satisfactory arrangements can be made for transport, accommodation and overnight supervision. Please read the section on Supervision of Students for further information.
You must return your completed work placement timesheets each week to the College office. All paperwork must be completed before the next work placement can commence.
Legislation in NSW requires students to be 14 years of age or older prior to engaging in Work Placement Programs. All students enrolled at the College can participate in the Work Placement Programs as negotiated with employers and subject to NSW Child Protection Legislation.
How Can Your Parents/Carers Help?
Before the placement begins they can encourage you to:
- Discuss the aims and objectives of the program.
- Find out about opportunities for work placements in your local area.
- investigate any family/personal contacts who may be able to assist with a work placement.
When a position has been obtained they can assist you to organize:
- Arrange specific transport requirements.
- Understand the importance of starting and finishing times (students are expected to work the normal hours of the position).
- Understand the importance of first day arrangements (time, place, contact person meal facilities transport).
- Ensure the College uniform is worn at all times, including personal protective equipment.
During the placement they can assist you by:
- Discussing each day’s activities.
- Contacting the College immediately if there are any difficulties e.g. accident, injury, industrial dispute, harassment etc.
Discussing with you:
- How the workplace operates.
- Workplace Health and Safety.
- Employees’ responsibilities and rights.
After the placement they can encourage you by:
- Discussing the employer’s work placement report.
- Reminding you to return the completed work placement timesheets to the college office.
- Reviewing and discussing future employment, education, training and career options.
What Legal Protection is provided?
All safety, health and welfare legislation applies to any work site and to any student or teacher engaged in an approved workplace learning program. Students engaged in workplace learning activities are volunteers and have no claim on employers’ workers’ compensation insurance. You must report all injuries to the College so that a record can be established. This is important to ensure an investigation is commenced and a record exists if further issues arise.
Third Party Property Damage Insurance cover for students involved in Workplace Learning Programs is provided through AON Risk Services Australia Ltd (Aon) by the College.
The College also provides personal accident insurance cover for you under the Aon Student Accident Insurance Policy
The policy covers you 24 hours a day, seven days a week whilst you are enrolled at the College regardless of your activities and provides a range of benefits and payments covering injury resulting in:
- Permanent disablement and Permanent loss of use of specified body senses and/or parts
- Specified broken or fractured bones and dislocations
- Loss of or damage to sound and natural teeth
- Third degree burns and disfigurement from fire or chemical reaction
Other benefits include:
- Out of Pocket Expenses for items such as Home Help or Student Home Tutorial
- Emergency Transport/Rescue expenses
A copy of this insurance policy is available on request by your parent/caregiver. Comprehensive information regarding the Insurance cover for Work Placement injuries is available in the “Parent/Caregiver’s Guide to Workplace Learning”.
The policy does not cover any physical injury that you have received treatment or advice for treatment for in the 6 months prior to you enrolling at the College
- This insurance policy does not cover medical expenses including general practitioners/medical specialist fees or hospital services that can be claimed through private Health insurance or Medicare. Similarly, charges over or above the scheduled fee cannot be covered by this policy.
- Year 12 students generally cease to be insured under the Aon policy once they have completed their last HSC examination. However there may be special circumstances where your Work Placement Program can continue until the end of term 4. Such special circumstances must be approved by the College CEO or RTO Manager. Any extension of the Work Placement Program into term 4 may involve additional fees to be paid before the extension is authorised. For further information please see the College Work Placement Officers or the RTO Manager.