Vocational Placement

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Vocational placement explained!

Some qualifications require the student to undertake work experience as part of their learning. This is called Vocational Placement. Students have the opportunity to work in a professional setting and are exposed to situations that arise in the industry. This experience complements their classroom learning and helps them put what they have been learning into practice. The students are supervised and observed in the workplace while they undertake the practical components of their assessments. 

It is a mutually beneficial relationship, as the students learn skills to prepare them, and businesses can participate in developing future workforces and getting them ready for work.

Practical components explained!

All assessments are broken into theory components and practical components. A practical component refers to an assessment activity that is practical. The practical component requires the student to undertake specific tasks according to the requirements of the unit. These tasks are usually undertaken in a workplace; however, they may be undertaken in a simulated environment if they can’t complete this in a real-life situation or workplace. This may change for each unit.

How does Vocational Placement support my learning?

Vocational Placement is a valuable opportunity for you to obtain first-hand experience working in the industry, apply your skills and establish potential employment. Student’s are placed in a workplace to receive practical training and experience as part of their course. 

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Placement aims to provide:

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    Your start and finish times.
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    What should you wear? What is appropriate in that particular workplace?
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    What lunch arrangements will you need to make? What is expected? What is available?
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    Are there any special requirements or arrangements you will need to be aware of?
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    What will you be doing during your week at work? This step is crucial. It is one way to show interest in the workplace and impress your employer even before you arrive at work! Discuss the tasks you might be given and the possible program you could follow with the employer.

Vocational Placement can also be referred to as work placement or industry placement. 

How do I prepare for Vocational Placement?

Before you start your Placement, you should make sure that you know the basic details of your work placement:

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    The name of your employer
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    The address of the business
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    The phone number of the business
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    The name of your contact person
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Additionally, in the weeks before commencement of your placement, you should: 

Contact and/or meet your employer 

If you haven’t already met your employer, you MUST do so before your placement starts. If you have met with your employer, you must speak to your employer by phone during the week before your Placement starts to touch base. 

Check the necessary details with your employer. 

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Find out (or make a final check on) the following details:

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    Your start and finish times.
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    What should you wear? What is appropriate in that particular workplace?
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    What lunch arrangements will you need to make? What is expected? What is available?
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    Are there any special requirements or arrangements you will need to be aware of?
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    What will you be doing during your week at work? This step is crucial. It is one way to show interest in the workplace and impress your employer even before you arrive at work! Discuss the tasks you might be given and the possible program you could follow with the employer.

Organise your transport 

Organise in advance how you will get to and from work each day. Travel arrangements are your responsibility. 

Get all of your questions answered. 

Discuss with your employer, teachers and family any concerns or questions you might have regarding your placement.

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