Workplace Learning (VET)

What is Work Place Learning (WPL)?

Work Place Learning is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority Course that all Years Elven and Twelve students participate in when studying a VET course. WPL contributes to the students Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

It is "on the job" training that prepares the student for the workforce. Students are expected to perform hands on tasks in the workplace that are related to the competencies they are learning in their VET course.

Students participate in WPL one day a week (Friday). Days spent in the workplace are considered normal school day. If a student is sick or unable to attend for any reason the student must notify the employer and the school. In this situation students will need to supply a medical certificate or if in extenuating circumstances parent/guardian will provide a letter for the purpose. Students complete a log book detailing the competencies they learn and the hours they work. A S.C.S.A. requirement is that this must be kept up- to-date and handed in to the WPL Supervisor each week for marking. The WPL Supervisor will visit the workplace at least once each semester and will also keep in regular contact with the student and employer by phone.

 

How does a student apply for Work Place Learning?

Students wishing to go into WPL must complete an application form and be available for an interview by appointment, with a member of the WPL Team. Through this process students will identify areas of interest; we recommend that they explore a range of different work places to get as much exposure to different career paths as possible. Students in Year Eleven may arrange their own work placement or the school will do it for them. Students in Year Twelve are expected to find their own work place and submit it to the WPL Supervisor for approval. The WPL Supervisor will notify the student once a placement has been arranged for them.

 

What forms do I sign?

The students will be given a WPL Application form which they and their parent or guardian must sign and return to the school before placement can commence. Parents will be provided with a document outlining the requirements of the WPL Programme and will be asked to sign that they have read the conditions of this programme.

 

Staff in the VET/WPL Team:

VET Co-ordinator, Careers and Transitions Advisor - Mrs Margherita Almond

 

How can I help my child prepare for the placement?

  • Ensure your child contacts the employer prior to the placement. The purpose of this call is to discuss start and finish times, work location, dress requirements etc.

  • Ensure your child has appropriate clothes to wear

  • Ensure they know where the placement is and how to get there prior to the first work day

 

Register your interest in becoming a host employer

If you would like to register your interest in becoming a host employer, please provide us with your business name, type of business, contact name and contact number. Please click here to start the registration process.

Please click here to get a copy of the Work Place Learning Application form

Careers and Transitions Centre

This Centre at the College includes the following areas:

  • Career education and advice

  • Work Place Learning

  • Special Programmes

  • VET Coordination

 

Career Education and Advice

Career education at St Brigid's College is an integral part of learning from Junior through the Middle and Senior Schools. The introduction of Career competencies in the curriculum is minor in Junior and early Middle schooling years, however, career education becomes emphasised as students develop and consider career prospects as they approach their final years at school.

In Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve the emphasis on subject/course selection and post school options becomes more evident. Students are provided with a vast array of resources assisting students to explore and prepare for the world beyond school.

In addition, one on one career advice is available to Students and Parents/Guardians are indeed welcome to meet with the Career and Transitions advisor to discuss any aspect of the school programme provided by the College and/or post school options.

 

Work Place Learning (WPL)

WPL is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority Course offered to all VET students. This involves "on the job" training combined with a school based theory component for Year Twelve students. The S.C.S.A. (School Curriculum and Standards Authority) Grades are allocated, based on both areas of learning only for Year Twelve students. This course (like any other) is used to gain the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), commonly known as secondary graduation. Refer to the to the Work Place Learning course for more information.

The S.C.S.A. (School Curriculum and Standards Authority) Year Eleven WPL course is an endorsed programme as there is no theory component.


Special Programmes

Depending on State Training Providers (TAFE) and Department of Education and Training offerings, students are able to consider choosing to enrol in selected VETis (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) courses. Aboriginal School Based Trainees and School Traineeships are offered according to selection criteria and conditions. Selecting one of these programmes may add to a student's certification upon graduation. It is recommended that if students wish to undertake this additional training it is discussed with the VET Co-ordinator. This is to ensure that all the requirements are fully understood. We welcome Students and Parents/Guardians to contact us for more information on these special opportunities.

 

VET Coordination

As part of the VET programme, students have the choice of the following learning programmes: Business, Creative Industries, Sport and Recreation/Outdoor Recreation and Community Services. These programmes offer S.T.A. (State Training Authority) style certification and study in these areas is included in the regular College timetable. Classes are conducted by Teachers with work place qualifications and greatly enhance articulation in S.T.A. (State Training Authority) as a post school option.

 

Staff in the Careers and Transitions Centre

VET Coordinator, Careers and Transitions Advisor - Mrs Margherita Almond