Students

We organise Work Placements for you in

–   School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBATs)

–   Structured Workplace Learning (for VET/VCAL)  &

–   Work Experience

Why is Workplace Learning Important?

–   Doing a placement will improve your employment and career opportunities across a range of industries.

–   Provides an opportunity to develop Job Specific Skills & Employability Skills, which are useful in any workplace.

–   Allows you to demonstrate what you have learned in school/TAFE.

–   May give you credit at school (e.g. VCAL WRS).

–   Provides an opportunity to explore your career options.

–   Expands your network of potential employers for the future.

What’s the difference between Work Experience and SWL?

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

–   SWL is on-the-job training during which a student is expected to demonstrate a set of skills or competencies related to their VCE, VET or VCAL course.

–   SWL is usually a minimum of 10 days, either in a block or weekly placement.

What is an SBAT?

–   School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships.

–   SBATs enable young people to gain a vocational qualification while completing their secondary school studies (VCE/VCAL).

–   SBATs combine school, paid part-time work and structured training (with a TAFE or training provider).

–   Students spend a minimum of 7 hours per week in employment (one day school release), and another 6 hours per week in structured training.

–   Requires a formal Apprenticeship Contract & Training Plan

The Training Contract must be signed by:

–   Parent/Guardian (if you are U18), School, Employer, TAFE/Training Provider.

This is organised by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC).

–   Your employer will be entitled to incentive payments, organised through the AAC.

–   Trainees may be entitled to ‘Tools For Your Trade’ Payment Initiative, in some industries.

–   You will get credit for your VCE/VCAL.

What are the skills shortage areas?

In the Northern Suburbs, there are Skills Shortages in:

*  HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES

*  MANUFACTURING/ENGINEERING

*  TRANSPORT & DISTRIBUTION

*  BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION

*  BUSINESS & FINANCIAL SERVICES

Why should I think about skill shortage industries?

–   Recognised Skills Shortage Industries are where the jobs are now and in the future.

–   Think beyond your current experience and explore opportunities in Skills Shortage Industries.

How do I get an SBAT or SWL placement?

–   Sign in to the SWL Statewide Portal.

–   Search and apply for placements in your area of interest.

–   Use your networks & approach Employers.

–   Prepare by researching the industry and employer.

–   Put yourself in the employer’s shoes and ‘sell yourself’.

–   Practice your ‘spiel’.