Student placement types

We support a number of student work experience placements.

Work experience

Work Experience is the short term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry and the workplace.

Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or experience.

Work experience placements are for one week and the placement is for secondary school students only – there is no work experience program for people who are not students.

Structured workplace learning

Structured workplace learning is on-the-job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to an accredited course, and undertaken as part of either VCE or VCAL.

Structured workplace learning placements are for one week and the placement is for secondary school students only – there is no structured workplace learning program for people who are not students.

School-based apprenticeships or traineeships

School-based apprenticeships provide a one day per week placement during the school year (usually February to October) for students undertaking a vocational (VET) subject as part of their VCE or VCAL studies. The placement enables students to practice the skills they learn in the classroom in a real workplace scenario, to help them become more 'job ready'.

School-based apprenticeships can be undertaken across a range of disciplines, such as administration, community services, parks, and information technology.

Tertiary placements

Many tertiary students are required to complete a work placement as part of their TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Tertiary placements (sometimes called internships) can be of varying length and occur across a range of our departments. Tertiary placements provide the opportunity to apply academic learning in the workplace, and develop work readiness and key skills and attributes.

Tertiary placements are unpaid, and must be endorsed by the tertiary institute.

Page last updated: Monday, 17 February 2020