The Workplace Learning course aims to prepare students for employment by providing them with knowledge about what is valued in a work environment, and identifying the skills required to be successful.
Participating in a supported and structured workplace learning program that provides employable skills and exposure to different workplaces assists students to make informed decisions about their future. These decisions are vitally important for students to transition successfully from our college to further education, training, employment and participation in the community. We offer upper school students the chance to work with a variety of local employers to develop skills in communication, teamwork, initiative and planning. Students can participate in the endorsed Authority Developed Workplace Learning (ADWPL) program in years 11 and 12 whilst completing their courses on site. Release days are generally 1 day a week, and alternate arrangements will require counselling.
Examples of recent placements include:
• local primary schools;
• police stations;
• child care centres;
• retail stores;
• animal shelters;
• automotive repairs.
Many students have gained casual employment and full time traineeships following these placements by displaying a mature attitude and a commitment to developing their employable skills. Students are also given the chance to participate in Apply First Aid and Responsible Service of Alcohol short courses that enhance their chances of employment and provide valuable skills for the future.
ADWPL also provides a unit equivalent towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) for each set of 55 hours a student completes at work placement to a maximum of 220 hours.
Students will need to see Mr Dimech or Mrs Brimmer at the VET office in H block if they are interested in the program. Whilst support is provided in finding a workplace, to make the experience more authentic, it is recommended students try to identify potential host employers and contact them as if they were actively seeking work. If students have difficulty finding a work placement, support will be provided.
It is highly recommended that students wanting to participate in ADWPL maintain good grades at school whilst completing work experience. This means that if a students progress towards WACE is hindered due to being absent at the workplace, the work placement may be cancelled. Year 10 students also complete a block of 2 weeks work placement in weeks 8 and 9 of Term 4 of 2020.
Please note that additional costs apply for these short courses.