Update on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Following government announcements over the weekend, for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, we have made the decision to enable our team to continue their work remotely. We aim to minimise any disruption to our valued stakeholders and want to reassure you that we will continue to work to ensure the smooth running of our services.
With our team working remotely until the 24th April, our reception will be closed so we encourage you to continue utilising mobile phone and email to communicate with our team.
We will keep you updated with further developments as they happen.
Stay safe and well.
Helping Develop Tomorrow’s Workforce
Southern Sydney Business Education Network (SSBEN) is passionate about helping young people to make the successful transition from school to work or further education. We recognise that today’s youth will make up tomorrow’s workforce and it’s vital to provide them with a strong foundation of skills and practical experience to build upon.
A key service we provide at SSBEN is the coordination of work placements for students studying Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of their HSC. 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 the workplace, gaining practical experience, assisting their career choices and building their industry skills. Click here to find out more about our work placement services.
SSBEN also run a successful mock interview program, Interview Assurance, where we visit schools and simulate real interviews. This ensures students are well prepared when their job search begins. Click here to find out more about our Interview Assurance program.
Students undertaking a VET course at school or TAFE must complete 2 weeks of mandatory work placement. Work placement is an excellent opportunity for students to practice the skills they are learning in a real workplace.
Work Readiness Presentations
Book a free information session to help your students prepare for work placement. The session is held during class time and is an opportunity for students to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of what to expect on work placement.
Career Confidence Programs
Choose from our suite of customised career confidence training programs such as mock interviews; industry tours; or workshops on resume building, job search skills and goal setting.
What is Workplace Learning?
Workplace learning is intended for students enrolled in HSC industry recognised courses. These VET courses may be delivered by the school or a TAFE NSW Institute.
HSC VET work placement is usually completed during Year 11 and 12, where as work experience is for students in Year 9 and 10.
Work Placement ensures that these students spend a period of time in a relevant workplace. Employers supervise the students as they practice and extend the specific industry skills they have learned in their course work.
During their work placement, students work towards gaining specific industry competencies that are assessed by teachers. Students achieving competency receive an industry specific VET qualification that is recognised throughout Australia.
Are you Ready for Work Placement?
We’ve put together a video to help students prepare for their work placement. It’s packed with information like:
- How to prepare for work placement
- Completing the Student Placement Record
- The Importance of Punctuality
- Getting the most from your Experience
Featured Host Employer
Grazier’s Grill House, Caringbah Hotel
Caringbah Hotel Bistro has recently been renovated and rebranded as Graziers Grill House. Head Chef Holly Hill talks to us about the benefits of work placement to the venue.
I believe knowledge should be shared as often as possible. Hosting students gives my team a chance to teach and pass on their skills and information learnt. It helps us in refining our training skills as chefs and allows students to work out if a career in this industry is really for them.
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