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The training provider’s vocational placement coordinator negotiates
and agrees to placement arrangements to suit your needs, and also
negotiates the practical activities/specific tasks to be given to a
student with you or your nominated workplace supervisor.
Information will be provided to you about the placement
requirements, assessment of skills and training and any special
conditions you require before a student placement can be
formalised with a vocational placement agreement.
This information can include:
attendance requirements (dates and start/finish times);
criminal history checking/police check requirements; and
any immunisations of medical/health checks that are required.
The student then undertakes a placement with the agreed activities/
tasks to practice the skills they will subsequently be assessed on.
These skills will not be any different to those currently undertaken
by employees in your workplace.
The vocational education training provider should provide a
formal agreement for the parties involved. A vocational placement
agreement and accompanying information package will be provided
to both the student and the placement host. This will establish clear
expectations for both the student and the host employer. A training
record book will identify the experiences and competencies that
need to be demonstrated on the job.
Is There a cosT Involved?
Normally, students are not paid for work placement. However, if
you decide to pay the student, this may change your relationship
to employer/employee and make you responsible for worker’s
There is no financial outlay involved in having a vocational student
on placement. However, it is acknowledged there is an indirect cost
in terms of the time required to induct and supervise the student.
The trade-off for your organisation and your industry in general is
the increased skills base and improved career paths of the students
who come into your workplace.
In addition, should you decide to employ a student following a
placement, it saves you time and money in advertising for the position
and interviewing applicants as you have already had the opportunity
to observe their performance in a real working environment.
hosTIng a sTudenT
If you have never hosted a student on vocational placement the
following guidance can be provided by the vocational placement
How to plan the placement and student induction;
How to help the student learn the skills;
Your role in a student assessment; and
What are my roles and responsibilities?
You or your workplace supervisor, are required to:
Provide opportunities for the student to practise a variety of
skills that have been discussed between you and the vocational
placement coordinator of the training organisation.
Provide the student with a safe working environment to practise
Ensure the student is adequately supervised by yourself or
another appropriately skilled employee.
Observe the student undertaking specific tasks as agreed to
with the vocational placement coordinator, which may require
completing some documentation at appropriate times and
provide feedback on the student’s knowledge, skills and attitudes
WhaT are my legal oblIgaTIons?
As per local jurisdiction Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and
other workplace legislation there are certain legal responsibilities
relating to the duty of care you owe to all persons on your premises
including students on placement. This includes safeguard the
student undertaking a vocational placement in the same manner
as you would one of your businesses employees (but not as an
employee). Students should be inducted as per a new employee,
you should point out safe operating procedures and relevant health
and safety practices, as well as identify any risks or hazards that
may exist, in your workplace. This is all part of the students learning
about the world of work.
The educational provider should provide documentation which
outlines each party’s responsibility in relation to:
Students who have identified additional needs – in some cases
you may require the student to provide a medical clearance
before they can start a proposed vocational placement;
Procedures if a student is injured in an accident;
If a student causes damage or loss while on placement, e.g. loses
the keys; and
Assistance with providing feedback to students.
It should be noted, a student on placement is required to maintain
the educational provider’s policies and procedures and failure to do
so should be reported to the vocational placement coordinator. A
vocational placement can be terminated, if necessary.
Australian Dental Training Advisory Group
Vocational Placement Working Party, TAFE SA. Vocational placement – placement
provider information booklet, 2015.
“ There Is no fInancIal ouTlay
Involved In havIng a vocaTIonal
sTudenT on placemenT.”
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