Workplace Learning (WPL) is an authority-developed endorsed program which provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work.
It is a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their workplace and employability skills whilst providing them with an opportunity to work in a range of industry areas.
To complete this endorsed program, a student works in a real workplace environment to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the work place in a Workplace Learning Logbook. The student must also provide evidence of his/her knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing a Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 220 hours of work placement over the course of Year 10, 11 and 12.
Workplace Learning Dates 2021
July School Holidays (5 July to 16 July)
Monday 15 November – Friday 26 November (General Students)
Monday 29 November – Friday 10 December (ATAR Students)
July School Holidays
October School Holidays (28 September – Friday 8 October)
Students are required to attend on all pre-determined days and any absences due to illness must be explained by a medical certificate. Students need to notify their Employer and the school WPL Coordinator (08) 9334 9042 or 0401 311 545 by 9:00am on the morning of the absence or as soon as possible.
Students are expected to attend their school exams or attend courses that they are enrolled in at external training providers. It is the student’s responsibility to advise the employer if they will be absent for either of the above reasons.
Paid Employment Work Hours
Students are permitted to use their currently rostered paid employment hours for their workplace learning.
A Registration form must be completed and needs to be signed by the employer and parent then submitted by the student to the WPL Coordinator. A logbook will be issued to the student when the form is returned to school. Forms can be picked up from the WPL Coordinator in the VET Office.
Successful completion of hours and all associated logbooks and skills journals achieves unit equivalents towards student’s WACE graduation.
- Less than 55 hours = 0 unit equivalents
- 55 – 109 hours = 1 unit equivalents
- 110 – 164 hours = 2 unit equivalents
- 165 – 219 hours = 3 unit equivalents
- 220 + hours = 4 unit equivalents
All students must ensure they have completed the following prior to going on work placement:
- Workplace Learning Inductions – held on Mondays, Session 5 as per Seminar Schedule
- Safety Awareness Training and White Card – if applicable (it is a legal requirement for students who wish to do their work placement in the Building and Construction industry).
- SmartMove Certificates – 1 x General Module and 1 x Industry Area (choose one that may be your chosen career path). Certificates to be emailed or handed in to WPL Coordinator in the VET office. https://smartmove.safetyline.wa.gov.au/
If the above is not completed the student may be considered ‘not work ready’ and may not be permitted to attend Workplace Learning.
Students are unable to attend work placement outside of pre-determined dates as they will not be covered by Department of Education insurance.
We encourage students to find their own placement but will assist in contacting the employers if students have exhausted all possibilities. Students should begin looking for placements as soon as possible in 2021 to ensure they secure a placement of their choice.
**Primary School placements will be coordinated through WPL Coordinator only. Students are to register their interest as soon as possible. Do not contact Primary Schools direct.
All Work Placements are to be arranged through the school Workplace Learning Coordinator, Phone No. (08) 9334 9042.
To view the Workplace Learning Program Outline please click here.