Workplace Learning
What is Workplace Learning?

Workplace Learning (Work Experience) is designed for students who undertake a work placement program at a worksite:

  • without the direct supervision of a teacher.
  • who are 15 years or older.
  • as part of their formal education in which their role is that of a learner, not a paid worker.
  • through a formal arrangement between parents/caregivers, the student, the school and the work placement provider.

Workplace learning does not apply to activities:

  • under a Training Contract (eg, a school‐based apprentice).
  • involving any payment or gift for work completed.
  • incorporating any job trial.
  • involving students undertaking school activities off campus, such as;
    • community‐based activities, including community service workplace visits.
    • activities not part of a work placement program, including research investigations, interviews and surveys. Schools wishing to undertake these activities should refer to their camps and excursions policies.
A Guide to Workplace Learning for...
Workplace Learning WorkPRO Online
  1. Click Here to access PLINK.
  2. Click Non Department sign-up.
  3. Click Create a plink account.
  4. Ensure Select account type* is set to 8 - WorkPRO (students) and enter your LearnLink email address, set a password, and enter your first and last name, before accepting the Terms of Use.

  5. Click Create a plink account (for non-Department for Education staff) to complete the registration.
  6. Once logged in, select WorkPRO: Work Preparation Readiness Orientation.
  7. Click Register.
  8. Enter your Date of Birth, select your Year Level and Mount Gambier High School from the list of schools.

  9. Click Register to finalise the registration. You are now registered and ready to complete the WorkPRO training.
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Year 10 Personal Learning Plan (PLP) Work Experience

Work experience is the involvement of school students in a short‐term industry placement, which enhances their experience in and understanding of the work environment, informing career development. This includes work shadowing and work observation
All work experience must involve:

  • The unpaid participation by a student:
    • in the activities of a place of work or a non‐profit organisation
    • for limited periods
  • The discussion in the school of matters relevant to the activity, leading to a consideration of the wider context of the work environment, and/or planning for future career pathways.
  • The integration of workplace learning and assessment activities into the curriculum.
  • The placement of students with parents/caregivers is not recommended.
Work Experience Frequency and Tenure
  • A student must not be engaged in work experience for more than 40 days or 300 hours per year.
  • Each student must not exceed the equivalent of 10 school days per term at one work site or for more than the equivalent of 75 hours, in the same occupational area
  • A student must not be placed in the same occupational area, with the same workplace provider, more than once per year.
Structured Workplace Learning

Structured workplace learning is part of a VET program situated within a real or simulated workplace, providing supervised learning activities leading to skills acquisition and contributing to an assessment of competency and achievement of outcomes relevant to the requirements of nationally recognised VET qualifications.
All structured workplace learning placements must involve:

  • The unpaid participation by a student
    • in the activities of a place of work or a non‐profit organisation
    • for limited periods
  • The integration of workplace learning and assessment activities that are linked to the school and Vocational Education and Training (VET) which may contribute to the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or its equivalent, with skills acquisition and outcomes recorded and reported accordingly
  • The discussion in the school of matters relevant to the activity, leading to a consideration of the wider context of the world of work, and/or planning for future career pathways
  • An integral link to the VET program that the students are undertaking. This program may be provided on the job, by a teacher or trainer in a school, or by another Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Structured on the job (or in a simulated environment) training essential for the development and assessment of competencies. The competencies to be delivered and assessed (as specified in the relevant Training Package) are negotiated between the school, the student and the workplace provider.
Workplace Learning Frequency and Tenure
  • A student must not be engaged in work experience for more than 40 days or 300 hours per year.
  • It is preferable that each of the structured workplace learning placements be with a different workplace provider.

However, in some cases during the course of a year, where it is directly linked to the educational interests of the students, they may, with the approval of the principal, be involved in additional hours of structured workplace learning above the 300 hour maximum and may need to access the same workplace provider.

Interstate Work Placement

If interstate placements are necessary, check for additional requirements in the target state. The principal must approve all interstate work placements.
If applicable, complete the Accommodation Away from Home Form. This form must be signed by the Principal.

Frequently Asked Questions for Work Experience during PLP

Week 5, Term 3. However, if that is inconvenient, students may negotiate an alternative time.

No. Government regulations prevent payment in South Australia.

Phone or write to potential employers, talk to previous students, look in the Yellow Pages, discuss with parents/caregivers.

Keep trying. That is why you should start your organisation early. The earlier you start, the more chance you have of getting your preferred placement.

Get a Work Experience agreement form (distributed via Home Group) and arrange for it to be filled out.

No, but for convenience reasons, most do. You may go to Adelaide, or anywhere else in South Australia for that matter, but transport and accommodation are your responsibility. Additional paper work is also required.

You can go anywhere really but you are encouraged not to work in a family business or where another member of your family works. You are not allowed to be involved in door-to-door selling or deliveries. You are not allowed to be involved in erection, alteration or demolition of buildings more than 10 metres high.

Yes. Most people’s major reason for having a part-time job is to earn money. It is rare for students to want to make a career of their part-time job. One of the major purposes of Work Experience is to explore possible career options.

That you arrive on time, every day, dressed appropriately (If you are not sure what is appropriate, ask). That you listen to what you are told, take an interest and follow reasonable instructions. That you ask when unsure and try to find out as much as you can about the career options and the work environment.

That is not necessarily a bad thing. At least you will have an idea that it is not the career for you. Try something different next year. Do not make your dislike/boredom etc. obvious.

Yes, and that is a reason why you should do your best even if you find you do not like the work. All employers are expected to fill out an evaluation form on students. They may discuss it with you or send it directly to the school. I keep a copy for future reference and you get the original to use as you see fit. (Résumé, portfolio, job application, etc).

Yes, you may do up to two weeks per term (You need a different form for each placement). Remember that unless you do extra Work Experience in holidays you will be missing school. Can you afford to do that?