Work Placement

Learning in the Work Place

MWLP provides a brokerage service that allows some 6,000 HSC students (in 2018) to participate in two weeks of learning in the workplace during Years 11 & 12.

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MWLP provides a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ service for businesses, schools and TAFE colleges in addressing a significant (and mandatory) HSC learning need for courses in skill shortage areas such as Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail, Financial Services and Tourism.

By being involved in Work Placement young people gain a better understanding of the world of work and are given a chance to develop their technical and general employability skills in the workforce. MWLP is funded by the NSW Government to provide this service.

Young Person

An opportunity to try out new skills and obtain practical workplace skills, both general & industry specific.
What is Work Placement?

Work Placement is the compulsory component of the vocational education and training (VET) course that requires you to participate in an actual work environment related to your course. You are expected to participate in work related activities that reflect the duties of your chosen course and aimed at your skill level.

The courses include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail, Financial Services and Tourism and carry and Australian Certificate Qualification.

We offer a range of placements to your school for you to choose from if these placements do not suit your needs you may organize your own and we can facilitate this placement. If you would like to organise your own please see your Teacher.

How Does It Work?

In the work placement program, a volunteer host employer offers a student/s the opportunity to work as voluntary employees for 35 hours (usually in one week) in their business, which relates to the VET Course that you are completing. The number, timing and frequency of offers in a year are totally under the control of the employer.

MWLP liaises with businesses to see what opportunities they can offer over the year. Schools put in requests for what their students require and MWLP manages the process to make sure all requirements are met (including full insurance cover for the placement) and the needs of both parties are met.

We organise your placements through your school and present your teachers with offers that should suit your class. If these placements don’t meet your needs, you can organise your own and we can facilitate this process but you will need to speak to your Teacher

Go2workplacement – what Students need to know!

Go2workplacement assists students to get the most out of their Work Placement.  By completing the online modules students will identify specific skills and competencies to focus on during their work placement.

On completion of the modules students are awarded a Work Placement Ready Certificate which informs the host employer that they have prepared for work placement. Go2workplacement is for students enrolled in HSC Industry Curriculum Frameworks VET courses in NSW, which have a compulsory work placement.  It can be completed as part of class work or in the student’s own time.

Students must have a valid email address to register to complete the Go2workplacement modules.  Students will also need an internet connection and a printer.

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What do I have to do?

Below is an important checklist that you need to go over before your placement!

  1. Discuss placement with your teacher
  2. Discuss the placement with your parents! Get the paperwork signed: Go2workplacement
  3. Contact the employer as per the paperwork
  4. Make sure you plan how to get to your work placement
  5. Dress appropriately – check your paperwork
  6. Take all equipment listed
  7. Use WHS regulations and workplace specific rules as per your induction
  8. Ask questions and show initiative. Interest and enthusiasm impresses employers
  9. Switch off mobiles during work time and discourage friends from visiting you
  10. Be friendly to your workmates, be well mannered and respect the property of others
  11. Have realistic expectations – You will not be the head chef or the builder
  12. Make sure you have your teacher’s contact details with you in case of any problems
  13. Thank your employer at the end of the week
  14. Go to MWLP.com.au and do an evaluation
What’s in it for me?
  • An opportunity to try out new skills
  • Many students impress the employer greatly and receive positive reports, references or even job offers
  • Your work placement experience and report will be worth its weight in gold and impress prospective employers when you are applying for hotly contested job opportunities in the future
  • Obtain practical workplace skills, both general and industry specific
  • Develop an awareness of career pathways
  • Build confidence & develop maturity
  • Gain experience and an understanding of a realistic workplace
  • Meet NESA HSC requirements
  • Gain credit transfer and recognition into further education and training
  • The possibility of being nominated by your employer for the MWLP Honour Roll. This gives you exclusive opportunities for an apprenticeship or a traineeship and the recognition of being a great student.
Connect to the Workforce
What’s Next?

As a young person whose compulsory education is coming to an end the transition into the next stage of your life can be a scary thought. You may have thought about it but are still a little unsure. MWLP is here to help – we can connect you to the right people and point you in the right direction.

As you start to explore the possibilities it is great to talk to the people around you. Share your ideas concerns etc with your teachers, careers advisers, parents and friends.

Here are some things to consider when thinking about your future:

  • Having one job your whole life is very rare
  • As the world changes so does the world of work
  • Australia’s population is ageing, which is creating opportunities for youth
  • Throughout your career you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experience
Connecting To The Workforce

Whilst you are still at school there are so many opportunities for you to experience and explore a range of careers.

  • Work placements
  • Industry visits
  • Careers expos
  • Guest speakers
  • Projects with community, industry or other schools

If you are interested and would like your school to be involved or you simply have some ideas please contact MWLP.

MWLP VET Student Awards
What about adding this to your resume?

In March of each year we have an awards night where the top 3 Students in each VET Framework are invited to a gala dinner to award the winning student in each area.

Furthermore, an overall Student of the Year will be announced. The winners will receive prizes and certificates.

Students are nominated by our Volunteer Host Employers and all students nominated get:

  • An exclusive offer to attend an interview with our sponsorship partners for an available apprenticeship or traineeship with one of their employers
  • Inclusion on a framed and mounted Honour Roll, which is presented to each School/TAFE to proudly display alongside other significant school/college achievements
  • A personal certificate to proudly display in their resume and to show prospective employers.

Do a great job at your placement and this can happen!

Career & Transition

We can also provide a tailored service to assist you with any of the following:

  • Career Conversations – career coaching/ guidance/pathways
  • Employment Preparation/Skills/Workshops – interview preparation, resume preparation, mock interviews, employability skills, what to expect at work, money matters, building confidence, resilience and self-esteem etc.
  • Links to Apprenticeships and Traineeships, SBATs
  • Macarthur Careers website and Expos and Information nights
  • Referral to other specialist services
  • Supporting the development of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Mentoring
Educator

MWLP invites educators to engage and partner with us in pursuit of our mutual interest in maximising education and transition outcomes for our youth through our various program areas.

What We Do

MWLP can assist by facilitating the engagement of business and industry, parents and families and community groups, and by advocating innovation and good practice in support of this end.

MWLP has been working in partnership with high schools and TAFE colleges for more than twenty years to facilitate work placements for HSC vocational education and training courses. We understand that educators are time poor and we want to help you.

Our Courses

The courses we provide work placement for are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electro technology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Retail, Primary Industries, Financial Services and Tourism.

Career & Transition

We can also provide a tailored service to assist you with any of the following:

  • Brokerage of strategic partnerships with education, business, industry, tertiary and training providers, parents and other key influencers and/or stakeholders
  • Facilitation of Programs/Events – transition to work, industry engagement, Get that Job day etc.
  • Career Conversations – guidance and pathways/Industry talks/Industry visits
  • Employment Preparation/Skills/Workshops – interview preparation, resume preparation, mock interviews, employability skills, what to expect at work, money matters, building confidence, resilience and self-esteem etc.
  • Motivating young people activities
  • Links to Apprenticeships and Traineeships, SBATs
  • Referral to other specialist services
  • Supporting the development of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Career Resources/Events -Macarthur Careers website and Macarthur Careers Expo support and other Expos and Information nights

Other Services

  • Links to Industry
  • RTO Services and Resources – Industry Validations, Consultations, Industry Currency – Teacher Work Placement, Industry Diary Engagement App
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • Short Course Training
  • VET in Schools Forum facilitator
What is Work Placement?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are industry developed entry level courses that give students a great kick start to a future career. While our core business is arranging Work Placement opportunities we believe that greater connection with our stakeholders is the key to offering a better service. To get that connection we would like to offer you the following services.

Work Placement arrangement for your students

Our core business is the organisation of Work Placement with your students. We have over 400 employer hosts across all of the frameworks. We want to connect more with you and help you and your students get the most out of work placement.

Go2workplacement – what Educators need to know!

A great resource for teachers and students is the Go2workplacement site. This program runs the student through a set of activities that gets then ready for work placement (Work Readiness) at the end of the program they can print off a certificate that shows they are work ready.

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Teachers reference guide

Teacher’s Reference Guide: We have created a comprehensive reference guide for new or existing Vocational Education and Training Coordinators or Teachers to assist you in important processes around the Work Placement processes.

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MWLP Suite of Services

Student Work Placement Readiness Talks during class or assembly

We would like to come and speak with your students prior to their work placement.

Student & Parent Work Placement Readiness Talks during Subject Selection Nights/Career Days at School

We want to connect with parents from your school so they understand the complexities of work placement. It also gives us an opportunity to get access to their employers and many of them have their own businesses that may take students.

Teacher Training in Pathways and MWLP Processes for New & Existing VET Coordinators or Teachers.

We want you to get more out of Pathways the program that we use for student work placement. We can show you how and help you with your PC skills if needed.

MWLP Networking Meetings with Industry Speakers

We arrange networking meetings for all VET Teachers so you can bounce ideas off each other and we organise industry speakers. A great opportunity to connect with MWLP, industry and colleagues.

Connection with Industry and Jobs for Students

We can send you info about apprenticeships and traineeships and other job opportunities that we would like to pass on to you and your students.

Offer Special Needs Student matching with appropriate Hosts

We offer a matching service for students with special needs to certain hosts as we know the hosts.

For any of these services contact your MWLP School Coordinator 4625 1863.

Teachers Evaluation

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Work Placement Feedback

Parents & Families

Helping your child gain skills by participating in an actual work environment related to their course

Work Placement

If your child is in Year 11 or 12 and studying a Vocational (VET) course, it is compulsory for them to undertake work placement. We organise all placements for them through their school and we negotiate with our volunteer host employers to take them for their week-long placement.

The courses we provide work placement for are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electro technology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Retail, Primary Industries, Financial Services and Tourism and Events.

Career & Transition

We can also provide a tailored service to assist you and your child with any of the following:

  • Career Conversations – career coaching/ guidance/pathways
  • Employment Preparation/Skills/Workshops – interview preparation, resume preparation, mock interviews, employability skills, what to expect at work, money matters, building confidence, resilience and self-esteem etc.
  • Links to Apprenticeships and Traineeships, SBATs
  • Macarthur Careers website and Expos and Information nights
  • Referral to other specialist services
  • Supporting the development of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Motivating young people activities

For more information contact us on 02 4625 1863 or contact us.

What is Work Placement?

Work Placement is the compulsory component of the vocational education and training (VET) course that requires your child to participant in an actual work environment related to their course. They are expected to participate in work related activities that reflect the duties of their chosen course and aimed at their skill level.

The courses include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Financial Services, Retail and Tourism and carry an Australian Certificate Qualification.

How Does It Work?

In the work placement program, a volunteer host employer offers a student/s the opportunity to work as voluntary employees for 35 hours (usually in one week) in their business, which relates to the VET Course the student is completing. The number, timing and frequency of offers in a year are totally under the control of the employer.

MWLP liaises with businesses to see what opportunities they can offer over the year. Schools put in requests for what their students require and MWLP manages the process to make sure all requirements are met (including full insurance cover for the placement) and the needs of both parties are met.

For a great booklet about work placement please click on the link below

Parents & Teachers Guide

How can I help my child?

Not only is work placement compulsory for your child to attain their Higher School Certificate, should they perform well whilst undertaking their placement they could be nominated by their Host Employer for the VET Student Awards. They could then be referred on for possible interviews for relevant traineeships and apprenticeships.

Tips to ensure your child excels at work placement:

  • Has your child obtained all signatures on the Student Placement Record?
  • Has your child called or visited the work placement venue prior to commencement of work placement?
  • Have you and your child worked out how your child will travel to and from work placement? (Eg Due to your child studying Construction, the host employer will be a builder, so does your child have to be at work at 6am and what is the location of this 6am start?)
  • Has your child done any research on the company that they are going to for work placement?
  • Does your child have all the necessary equipment / tools / uniform for work placement?
  • Have you spoken to your child about the importance of being punctual for work placement?
  • Has your child informed all their teachers at school that they will be on work placement and the week they will be away from school?
  • Has your child informed their coach and/or their boss (if they play sport or have a part time job) that they are on work placement and may miss training and/or work that week?
Can My Child Find Their Own Placement?

The short answer is YES but we would like to facilitate it as we may be able to secure further placements for other students and this is another great way for us to connect with industry. As a parent you may own a business or have family and friends that have businesses that may take students on work placement. The more we can connect with you the more opportunities arise for your children.

If finding your child’s own placement is an option please discuss it with your child’s Teacher.

Businesses

We want to offer a service that gives local business a look at potential future employees and an opportunity to connect with their community.

Work Placement

MWLP actively seeks and fosters partnerships with business and industry. We want to offer a service that gives local business a look at potential future employees and an opportunity to connect with their community. Year 11 and 12 students who are studying vocational courses need to be placed in business for work placement. This is compulsory as the students will not be awarded their HSC unless they complete a successful placement.

There are many benefits to your business should you decide to offer students work placement in your business.

The areas we provide work placement in are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electro technology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Retail, Primary Industries, Financial Services and Tourism.

Staff

MWLP Linking Youth can connect you to the workforce of the future. We have access to talented young people who have demonstrated a willing attitude and great aptitude for work, while on work placement.

Other Services
  • Brokerage of strategic partnerships with education, business, industry, tertiary and training providers, parents and other key influencers and/or stakeholders
  • Facilitation of Programs/Events – Industry link programs with schools, Get that Job day etc.
  • Links in Schools to young people for Apprenticeships and Traineeships, SBATs
  • RTO Services and Resources – Industry Validations, Consultations, Industry Currency Work Placement, Industry Diary
  • Engagement App and more
  • Short Training Courses
Ways Business and Industry can engage
  • With young people through work placement, career conversations, mock interviews, industry visits, mentoring, developing young entrepreneurs and leaders and other programs
  • List on Macarthur Careers website and participate in VET in Schools Forum
  • Participate in Macarthur Careers Expo, other expos and information nights

For more information contact us on 02 4625 1863

About Work Placement – what Businesses need to know!

Subject choices at schools now include Industry Developed, entry level courses that give young people a great kick start to a future career in the field they are studying. These courses require them to complete work placements and is a compulsory component of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. These courses are recognised by Australian Industry and NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and include:

Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Financial Services, Retail and Tourism.

Work Placement allows the students to practice what they are learning at school and enhance the skills they have learnt in the classroom. To demonstrate and hone these skills students are required to complete 2 weeks of work placement (1 week in Year 11 & 1 week in Year 12) for each course with a local business which we help arrange through their school/TAFE.

Please see below for a booklet about Work Placement for Host Employers

Workplace Learning Guide

What’s In It For Your Business
  • It’s FREE
  • You will have an additional pair of hands to assist you
  • Students are fully insured
  • You will have access to the workforce of the future
  • The students are studying in your industry so they will come with some prior knowledge
  • You choose when you want the student/s and you are under no obligation
  • You may increase or decrease this need at your convenience
  • It’s a great way to showcase your business and your industry
  • Be promoted by MWLP as a dynamic organisation supporting youth. (This could be via local radio C91.3FM, local media, on MWLP promotional material and on the MWLP website.)
  • Be recognised as a good citizen of our community
  • Over 400 companies are currently benefiting from this great program
  • Be associated with MWLP – a company dedicated to assisting young people navigate the road from school to work
    MWLP has approximately 6,800 students to place this year and due to a high demand for these great vocational courses this number will continue to increase
  • Give young people a go! And Help a Student pass their HSC
Industry Frameworks

Click on your industry below to see a Work Placement Flyer or, for more information, contact us on 4625 1863.

The people to talk to are:

Michael Everett 0428 935 688 or michael.everett@mwlp.com.au

Work Placement vs. Work Experience

Work Placement students have undertaken a VET course at school or TAFE as part of their HSC. It is mandatory for these students to do one week’s work placement in a relevant industry in Year 11 and another week in Year 12.

By being involved in Work placement, young people gain a better understanding of the world of work, and are given a chance to develop their technical and general employability skills in the workforce. The students are skilled, interested and committed and some of these workplace experiences result in offers of apprenticeships, traineeships or casual work.

Work Experience students, on the other hand, are generally in Year 10. The students organise their own work experience. It is not mandatory to fulfil any course requirements and the learning experience can be in any area of any industry.

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