Work Placement

Connect, Northern Rivers (CONNECT) was established by industry and education representatives to effectively coordinate Work Placements for secondary students. 

CONNECT's aim is to strengthen the partnership between industry and education, so it can increase student knowledge and opportunities for careers and further education.

Work Placement is a compulsory component of School/TAFE based vocational education training HSC courses that are recognised by both industry and the board of studies. These VET subjects include: Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electro Technology, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information and Digital Technology, Metal and Engineering, Primary industries, Retail Services and Tourism, Travel and Events.

The Structured Workplace Learning Program aims to provide quality workplace learning opportunities for students in a real or simulated environment to practice and implement the skills they have studied and developed in the classroom. Work placement programs are for students in Years 11 and 12 who are enrolled in Higher School Certificate (HSC) industry-recognised courses.

Work placement programs are for students in Years 11 and 12 who are enrolled in Higher School Certificate (HSC) industry-recognised courses.
Our aim is strengthen the partnership between industry and education, so we can increase student knowledge and opportunities for careers and further education.

This website is a great place for sourcing information about various topics including youth issues, contacts, career advice, local alliances, partnerships and lots more. You may also wish to explore some of the sites and documents noted below for more specific information on Work Placement.

Work Placement - Parents

Workplace learning programs form part of the NSW secondary school curriculum.  They enable students to spend a planned period of time - usually a week - in a workplace of their choice, enhancing  their classroom learning, assisting their career choices and building their industry skills.

The role of parents and carers is vital to the success of any workplace learning program. By taking steps to understand what’s involved and by providing the necessary support at home, you can help your child get the most out of their placement and make important decisions about their future.

For more information click on the links below:

The Workplace Learning Guide for Parents and Carers

Additional Information for parents supporting their child in workplace learning

Parents and Care Givers: A Quick Reference Guide for Work Placement

Information Brochure for Students and Parents

Work Placement - Employers

CONNECT is funded to coordinate HSC ICF VET work placements, liaising between schools and TAFE NSW Institutes and employers to assist student achieve a successful experience.

Work Placement is a compulsory component of the school based vocational HSC courses that are recognised by both industry and the Board of Studies. It allows School and TAFE students to develop industry-specific and generic work skills in the workplace.  It is conducted in one week blocks allowing students to gain 35 hours of industry experience to meet the requirements of their course.

Host employers assist Schools and TAFEs to prepare young people for the workforce by providing meaningful workplace learning opportunities.

Hosting students benefits employers by allowing them to:

Work Placement is a compulsory component of the school based vocational HSC courses that are recognised by both industry and the Board of Studies

Work placement allows School and TAFE students to develop industry-specific and generic work skills in the workplace

Work placement is conducted in one week blocks allowing students to gain 35hours of industry experience to meet the requirements of their course.

Host employers assist Schools and TAFEs to prepare young people for the workforce by providing meaningful workplace learning opportunities.

  • promote the attitudes and skills you want in your workforce
  • identify young people with potential for your industry
  • strengthen your links with the community and raise your business profile
  • increase the supervisor, training and mentoring skills of your staff
  • participate in the education, career development and vocational training of young people
  • talk to students about your industry, its career paths and future directions
  • give students knowledge of the value of work and raise the quality of those coming into your industry
  • participate in the education, career development and vocational training of young people
  • talk to students about your industry, its career paths and future directions
  • Employer Guide to Workplace Learning

    Catholic Schools' Employer Guide to Work Placement

    Additional Information for Employers

    Work Placement - Students

    CONNECT offers a coordinated service that will assist you to secure work placement for your HSC VET subjects. Over the course of your HSC you will be required to complete 70 hours of mandatory work placement within the community. Work placement will allow you to practice what you are learning in school and enhance the skills you have learnt in the classroom in a ‘real world’ environment.

    Work Placement is an exciting opportunity for students to learn valuable skills from industry professionals and develop employability skills. Participating in Work Placement allows you to:

    Work Placement is an exciting opportunity for students to learn valuable skills from industry professionals and develop employability skills.
    • explore jobs and career choices
    • engage with the wider community
    • complete course work in a relevant industry setting
    • learn what employers want in their workforce
    • build general work skills like workplace communication, self reliance and team work
    • develop specific industry skills, while fulfilling vocational education and training (VET) course competencies
    • gain confidence and maturity through participation in an adult work environment
    • make informed decisions when planning their transition through school and on to further education, training and work

    For more information click on the links below:

    Go2workplacement is an online interactive work readiness program designed to assist students enrolled in HSC VET courses 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.  

    You must have a valid email address to register to complete the go2workplacement modules. You will also need an internet connection and a printer. If you are intending to complete go2workplacement as a classroom activity, headphones are recommended.

    Go2Construction was created through a collaboration of the Department of Education, Public Schools NSW, TAFE NSW and Work Placement Service Providers to addresses safety in the work place.  These videos will assist you to prepare students for work placements on construction sites.

    Student Guide to Workplace Learning

    Expectations of Students whilst on Placement

    Information Brochure for Students and Parents


    TAFE NSW and Work Placement Service Providers - Go2 Construction Work Health and Safety video addresses safety in the work place and will assist you to prepare students for work placements on construction site.

    Over the course of your HSC you will be required to complete 70hours of mandatory work placement within the community.