Parents

Parents/Guardians have a very important role in assisting their child or children through the transition from school to further education, training or employment.
Workplace Learning provides students with experience which will allow students to:

–    Increase knowledge about training and career opportunities
–    Gain understanding of the work environment and employers’ expectations.
–    Develop transferable employability skills.
–    Demonstrate specific skills and competencies related to their VET, VCE or VCAL course.
–    Develop contacts with potential employers.
–    Increase self-esteem and motivation.
–    Increase motivation to continue study/undertake further training.

Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning assists all local secondary schools to source quality workplace learning placements for students
including:

–    School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBATs)
–    Structured Workplace Learning (SWL), and

Note:  BNWL does not work directly with students.

If your child has an employer interested in a SWL/SBAT placement and you would like BNWL to provide more information to the employer, please include this information on the STUDENT APPLICATION FORM.

How can parents help?

Before Placement

–      Read the information about workplace learning provided by your school and attend any related information sessions. If you are not sure  about anything, ask for it to be explained further.

–      Encourage your son/daughter to discuss their career interests and work preferences. This may include researching industries and related careers, for example using www.myfuture.edu.au

–      Once a placement is confirmed ensure the appropriate paperwork is completed and you may also need to assist your son/daughter to find about travel, clothing requirements and meal facilities available at the workplace.

During Placement

–     Discuss the day’s activities with the student, and if any problems are identified (e.g. safety concerns, accident, injury, harassment or bullying), encourage the student to follow correct procedures to deal with the problem. This is also a good time to ask your son/daughter what they are learning and about his/her strengths, attributes and preferences for working in this field in the future.

–     Encourage your son/daughter to complete any assignments or work placement journals

After Placement

–     Discuss the placement with the student and ensure that the student has reflected sufficiently upon his or her experiences in the workplace.   You may ask your school for a copy of the Employer Evaluation.

–     Ensure your son/daughter thanks the employer and supervisors for providing the work placement experience.

–     Build and maintain a network of contacts from this placement for advice, assistance and opportunities for the future.