SA High School Careers

Work Placement

Work Placement

Work Experience:

This is normally available to Year 10, 11 and 12 students. I will advise all students of the opportunities available to you and will give you the paperwork which needs to be signed by the employer, your parent(s), yourself and the school. It is your responsibility to find your own Work Experience placement, but I will provide you with all the things you need to do this.

After you have completed your Work Experience, the employer will fill out an evaluation form which you will get to keep and can attach/add to your career portfolio.

Structured Workplace Learning:

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 (Structured Workplace Learning) 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 Placement or VET Coordinator for more information.

What's the difference between Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning?

Work Experience: Structured Workplace Learning:
  • 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 supervisor
  • 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 workplace
  • helps you learn how businesses work
  • a planned and compulsory part of many SACE VET courses
  • involves you participating in the industry relevant to your studies
  • 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 SACE 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.


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