Who is Work Placement for?

Work placement is a planned opportunity in a quality host workplace that enables year 11 and 12 school students studying particular industry-based courses to practise and develop their industry competencies and their employability skills in a vibrant real work context.

Work placement is a mandatory component of industry-based vocational education and training (VET) courses that students can choose as part of their studies for the NSW Higher School Certificate. The courses included are: Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment Industry, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information and Digital Technology, Metal and Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail Services, and Tourism Travel and Events.


Who arranges Work Placements?

Work Placement is coordinated across NSW by a network of Work Placement Service Providers in conjunction with school teachers and VET coordinators. Work Placement Service Providers are non-government, not-for-profit organisations contracted to support and coordinate mandatory work placements for students undertaking HSC ICF VET courses within a specified service region. Some students may elect to arrange their own work placement with prior approval from their school.

What area does SSBEN service?

Our service region includes the Sutherland Shire, St George, Inner West, CBD and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. We work with Government, Catholic and Independent schools within this region.  If you are interested in becoming a Host Employer outside of this area, please contact us and we can direct you to the appropriate Work Placement Service Provider.


Which schools are part of the program?

SSBEN currently work with over 70 High Schools and TAFE campuses within our region including Government, Catholic and Independent schools, please contact us directly for more specific schools.


Do Host Employers or Students get paid?

No, Host Employers do not receive any payments for participation in hosting students at their workplace. Their willingness to host students could be to support the youth in the community and potentially identify future employees for the business.

Students are not paid by employers while on work placement. Work Placement Service Providers must ensure that host employers are aware of this requirement, any payment may impact on the education sectors’ insurance and indemnity provisions for host employers.

Is Work Placement the same as Work Experience?

Work placement is different to work experience.

Work experience is usually undertaken by Year 10 students for up to 1 week. Work experience is for a student to gain an understanding of an occupation or business and to undertake small tasks where appropriate, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced employee.

Work Placement is undertaken by Year 11 and 12 students (sometimes Year 10) with an employer as part of a chosen vocational course at school.  Students complete 35 hours in Year 11 and another 35 hour placement in Year 12.  The placement needs to demonstrate that a student can display the necessary skills (learnt in the classroom or on the job), which can be assessed against competencies required in the Training Package they are studying. Work placement is a requirement of a vocational course, with credit towards a student’s HSC and Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

Are Students covered by insurance?

Yes, each of the education sectors maintain insurance and indemnity arrangements to cover injury to students, loss or damage occasioned by students and indemnity arrangements for host employers (conditions apply). As is standard business practice, host employers must have current public liability insurance coverage.

Do I need a White Card?

Students in Construction, Electrotechnology, Metals and Engineering and some Entertainment students are required to have a White Card in order to complete their industry work placement.

Fee Policy

Fees for services are set annually and are displayed in the current Fee Schedule. If you want to learn more about our Fee Policy – click here.