Careers and Pathways
Programs and support services include:
- Individual careers counselling
- Careers resources
- Career development education
- Managed Individual Pathways and Career Action Plans
- Course counselling
Work experience is part of the schools’ educational program where students experience the world of work. It is a short-term placement of students with employers, to provide insights into the industry, and the workplace in which they are located.
Students undertake placements with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise. Work Experience has enormous benefits for students.
All Year 10 students are expected to undertake a Work Experience placement as part of their educational program at Strathmore Secondary College. This placement must occur during a set week which is publicised to students and families well in advance. More details can be obtained by contacting the College’s Careers and Pathways Office. Students in Year 11 or 12 are also able to undertake placements. This is optional and students need to speak to one of the College’s Careers Advisors for details dates and requirements.
Work Experience forms an integral part of the career development process. It can provide students with the opportunity to:
- Work alongside adults as part of a team to gain an understanding of work
- Develop and practice a range of new skills
- Become more independent and confident
- Relate the school curriculum to the workplace
- Increase motivation to continue their study and/or undertake further training
- Explore career options
All Work Experience placements require the completion of a Work Experience Arrangement Form. This form is a legal document which must be completed and signed by all parties involved - the student, the parent, the employer and the school.
The student will be insured for Work Cover and Public Liability by the Department of Education and should be paid a minimum of $5.00 a day by the employer (Federal Government Institutions and non-profit organisations are exempt from making payments).
In preparation for a Work Experience placement, all students are required to complete OHS training and testing. This is mandated by the government and must be completed under school supervision prior to a student undertaking a placement. There are designated times in the school calendar for students to undertake Work Experience placements. No Work Experience can be undertaken during the school holidays.
The College requires that students must be 15 years of age to access Work Experience. Students are expected to find their own Work Experience placement. The Work Experience Coordinator will be available to assist students with this process.
Students are encouraged to undertake Work Experience in an area in which they have a career interest. This will give them some insight into the work involved and the skills and personal qualities that the job requires.
Students wishing to partake in Work Experience must discuss this with their student Coordinator and the Work Experience Coordinator to ensure the placement meets with the Department of Education guidelines.
All preparation tasks including the Work Experience Arrangement form and OH&S testing need to be completed and signed off at least 2 school weeks prior to a student undertaking the placement.