St John's College Woodlawn Careers

Work Placement

Work Placement

Some courses in the Senior School have compulsory work placement as part of the course. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have a requirement that you must do at least one week of work placement in the industry related to that course (per year). These placements are organised for you and you will be learning specific skills while you are there. See the Careers Adviser, Work Experience Coordinator or VET Teachers for more information.

What's the difference between Work Experience and Work Placement?

Work Experience:   Work Placement:
  • gives you a taste of the world of work
  • usually undertaken in Year 10 (and sometimes Year 11 or 12)
  • involves observing and carrying out tasks nominated by your
  • gives you a chance to experience working life
  • helps you learn about what employers expect, what
         responsibilities people have and what skills are valued in the
  • helps you learn how businesses work
  • a planned and compulsory part of many HSC VET courses
  • involves you participating in the industry relevant to your
  • lets you practice and develop skills you learn off-the-job at
         school or TAFE
  • lets you learn specific skills or competencies on-the-job and
         agreed beforehand by the school and the host employer
  • helps you find out more about employment and training
         opportunities in the industry
  • contributes to your HSC and a nationally accredited
         qualification recognised by industry

If you want to know more about Structured Workplace Learning, we have answered all the common questions that students seem to have.

Click here to see these questions and all the answers.

You can get the necessary documents on the "Required Documents" page here.

If you are still unsure or have questions, please see the Careers Adviser, Work Experience Coordinator or VET Teachers.