Information on Work Placements

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. These programs are relevant to all students in NSW schools.

Workplace learning helps students to:

  • 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


Work placement programs are for students in Years 11 and 12 who are enrolled in Higher School Certificate (HSC) industry-recognised courses.

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.
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