Work placement information for employers

Work Placement is an exciting opportunity for students to learn and develop valuable skills and knowledge in a real work place. It also provides a chance to work with industry professionals and learn about future career pathways and options.

Work Placement is mandatory for all students enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject in Years 11 and 12 at school or TAFE. Most courses have a minimum of 70 hours of mandatory structured work placement over the two years to be counted as part of the student's Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Hosting students allows you to:

  • participate in the education, career development and vocational training of young people in your community
  • talk to students about your industry, career paths and future directions
  • 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 supervisory, training and mentoring skills of your staff
  • give students knowledge of the value of work and raise the quality of those coming into your industry.
The coordination of structured workplace learning is funded by the State of New South Wales through its Department of Education under the Structured Workplace Learning Program and in conjunction with schools administered by the Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW.


The following Vocational Education and Training courses have been developed in conjunction with industry to meet the need for entry level employees.

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