WORK PLACE LEARNING
Work Place Learning is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority Course that our Year Eleven students participate in when studying the Certificate III in Education Support.
What is Work Place Learning (WPL)?
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 a K-6 primary school that are related to the competencies they are learning in their VET course.
Students participate in WPL during designated days and during examination week/s. 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 host school and St Brigid’s College. 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 logbook 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 for marking. The WPL Supervisor will visit the workplace at least once during the practicum and will also keep in regular contact with the student and host school by phone.
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 host school 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.
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 10, 11 and 12 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 students enrolled in a Certificate III in Education Support. This course (like any other) is used to gain the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), commonly known as secondary graduation.
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) and other RTO courses. 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.
As part of the VET programme, students have the choice of the following learning programmes delivered at school: Business, Sport and Recreation/Outdoor Recreation and Education Support. 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