Work Placement

The Beginning of
Your Career

As part of your Vocational Education and Training (VET) course, you are required to participate in work placement. This is a great opportunity to use the skills you have gained during your course in a real work environment. You will gain valuable experience and develop new skills to add to your resume. Some students make such a great impression that they have received job offers from their work placement employer. It’s vital to plan ahead to ensure you get the most from this opportunity.

Work placement requires you to spend one week during year 11 and one week during year 12 with an employer. SSBEN will provide your teacher a list of host employers for your class. If you prefer to provide your own work placement, please discuss with your teacher.

The first step is to register for work placement, click on the button above and use the code provided to you by your teacher.

Your Questions Answered

Can I organise my own employer?

Yes, some students prefer to source their own host employer. First, speak with your teacher as they will need to check and approve that the host employer meets the guidelines. If your teacher approves, then simply click here and complete the Student Referred Host Employer Form to get started.

What happens if I am sick?

Getting sick can put a stop to your work placement. Always notify your host employer and teacher of your absence. You may need to get a doctors certificate to cover the missed time. Once you are feeling better you can reschedule your work placement, speak to your teacher regarding the next steps.

Will I get paid?

Work placement is unpaid and a mandatory part of your VET course. There are many benefits when you participate in work placement, the primary one is gaining valuable industry experience as well as the opportunity to utilise and build upon the skills you have learned during your training.

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.


Register early for work placement and ensure you don’t miss out on this important phase of your VET training.

The Process for Students

Now you have chosen your VET course you are probably wondering how to organise your mandatory work placement. It’s really simple, we’ve outlined the process below. If you are unsure of anything just ask your teacher.

  • Register for work placement on this website, click here to do it now
  • SSBEN will provide your teacher with a list of venues available for work placement (Discuss the options with your teacher, and read the host profile to ensure you are able to meet their requirements. Consult your parents/carer to confirm their consent.)
  • If you would prefer to source your own host employer, you can simply complete a form, click here to download it
  • One week prior to your work placement, contact the host employer and confirm your attendance, the start time, location details and also ask who to report to
  • We suggest you spend some time preparing for your work placement by working out what to wear and how to get there

What are the Benefits of Work Placement?

  •  Put the skills you have learned in the classroom into practice
  •  Many students receive job offers after work placement
  •  Work placement is an ideal opportunity to secure references
  •  Gain a better understanding of what it’s like to work in the industry
  •  Develop new skills
  •  Talk to professionals to learn more about the career pathways in the industry
  •  Meet NESA and HSC requirements
  •  Increase your confidence
  •  Meet new people

Recording Work Placement Activity

Students studying Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses are required to collect evidence demonstrating the industry skills and knowledge they have developed.

Evidence can be captured in various formats, which might include photos, videos, certifcates, or signed paperwork – essentially any documentation that demonstrates course competencies. There is a handy App that will help you to streamline the collection of evidence. Click on the buttons below to download it.


Plan Ahead for your Work Placement

  • Ensure you understand the location of your work placement and the start time. Perform a practice run to confirm the amount of time it will take to travel there
  • Research the company so that you understand what they do and the services they provide
  • Check if there is any special clothing or equipment required
  • Call the employer one week prior to your placement to confirm your arrival and start time
  • First impressions count, ensure you are appropriately dressed, on time and ready to work
  • Discuss your work placement with your parents and teacher, they may have some tips
  • Plan each day ahead of time and use lists to note down the tasks assigned to you each day
  • Think of what you would like to achieve during the work placement, plan out any new skills you would like to learn and how you can show your enthusiasm.
  • Don’t forget to take you student journal, student placement records and white cards if appropriate (Construction and Entertainment), etc.

Some of our Host Employers

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