Work placement is structured workplace learning that prepares students for the workforce. The experience in the workplace helps students to better understand theory by putting it into practice in the workplace. It is different from work experience in that, instead of just observing what goes on, students are given the opportunity to undertake tasks that enable them to develop competencies related to a particular vocational course.
Work placement at Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood (SCCC):
- involves Year 11 and/or Year 12 students undertaking VET courses as part of a HSC study program
- is a mandatory component of courses that provide nationally recognised raining
- involves the integration of off-the-job and on-the-job learning
- involves competency-based assessment of industry-recognised skills and knowledge which is reported through a student workplace journal and report.
Most VET courses at SCCC have a mandatory work placement of 70 hours for each 240 hour VET course or 35 hours for a 120 hour VET course. Early Childhood Education and Care and some specialisations courses have additional work placement requirements.