The Work Placement Support Programme (WPSP) is an initiative that aims to provide workplace opportunities to students to assist them make a successful transition through school and from school to further education, training and active participation in the community.
The WPSP provides students with structured learning opportunities in a real workplace. Work Placement is a mandatory component that looks after our local youth undertaking the following Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses:
- Business Services (Administration/Office)
- Financial Services
- Hospitality (Commercial Cookery/Food & Beverages)
- Metals & Engineering
Students are required to complete 35 hours (one week) with a corresponding industry employer. During this week, students experience real work situations which help them in developing self-confidence, skills and understandings that will assist them in their transition from school to work. Students are fully insured and are volunteers to the host employer – which is a great way to build skills AND for employers to test the market for future entry level employees!
Our role at BEN is to provide on-going effective linking of employers to schools/TAFE campuses across Northern Sydney. We coordinate quality HSC VET Work Placements for students, as well as supporting Host Employers with information and advice about managing issues that may arise during a placement. We do this as part of a strategic partnership with Australian Schools Industry Partnership (AusSIP).
To find out if your school is supported by either the Business Education Network or AuSIP, click here.
To find out more on how to support as a local business including all the details you need about insurance, click here