VET Work Placement

About Workplace Learning

Workplacement involves students enrolled in a Higher School Certificate (HSC) industry-recognised course.

Courses include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment Industry, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Technology, Metal and Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail Services, and Tourism and Events.

These vocational courses may be delivered by the school or by a TAFE NSW institute, or sometimes by a private or community registered training organisation, also known as a ‘private provider’ that has been contracted by the school to deliver a particular industry-based course to students.

Work placement is a compulsory HSC requirement for the courses listed above.  During work placement, a host employer supervises the student as they participate as a voluntary worker in the host employer’s workplace, practising and extending the specific industry skills that the student has been learning in their off the job training at school, TAFE NSW or at a private provider.  Work placement is used by teachers to gather evidence of student achievement of competence at industry standard.

This may be in partnership with a suitably qualified workplace assessor.

Student competency leads to an industry-specific VET qualification that is recognised throughout Australia.

Workplace learning programs are part of the school curriculum. The programs encourage students to spend a planned period of time – usually a week – in a workplace of their choice as a valuable enhancement to their learning in the classroom.

Why is workplace learning important?

Workplace learning helps students to: 

  • Test their job or career aspirations

  • Complete course work in a relevant industry setting

  • Directly experience the attributes employers are looking for

  • Build, practise and enhance their general work skills such as workplace communication and ‘people skills’ and/or specific industry skills, such as vocational education and training (VET) course competencies

  • Take on more responsibility and gain increased confidence and maturity as well as greater self-knowledge through participating in a busy adult working environment

  • Explore the relationship between studies at school, training at TAFE NSW or at a private or community registered training organisation, study at university, and future employment and training

  • Make informed decisions when planning their transition through and from school to further education, training and work

For further information please visit our Resources Section on the website where you will locate Parents and Carers Guides to Workplace Learning and other handy sources of information.