The Work Experience Program is a major part of the Year 10 curriculum at Wheelers Hill Secondary College. Year 10 Work Experience in 2018 is offered in three rotations and students select one rotation to complete their work experience.
Rotation 1 - MONDAY 26th MARCH – THURSDAY 29TH MARCH 2018.
Rotation 2 – MONDAY 13th AUGUST – FRIDAY 17th AUGUST 2018
Rotation 3 – MONDAY 8TH OCTOBER – FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2018
At the beginning of this term I spoke to all year 10 students about the importance of undertaking a placement and ensuring that it’s meaningful, that is, in an interest area they wish to ‘try out’.
The benefits of undertaking work experience are many including, developing employability skills, exploring possible career options, increasing self-awareness which helps answer questions such as What am I good at?, What work values are important to me?, Where do my interests lie? Apart from also building self-confidence and making industry contacts a meaningful placement can also assist with choosing VCE subjects.
All year 10 students have been made aware that in order to participate in Work Experience they must complete their Occupational Health & Safety training which was introduced to them during their Futures Class this term. This training together with a completed Work Experience Agreement form needs to be finalised and handed to me by no later than six weeks prior to the placement start date. Copies of the Work Experience Agreement forms can be accessed via the school’s careers website (www.whsc.careers.com) by clicking on the Workplace Learning tab then the Required Documents tab.
There are several places students can look to find work….asking family and friends, teachers, looking at businesses in their local area and even searching for companies via www.yellowpages.com.au.
Students are encouraged to start early with sourcing a placement to ensure that they secure one that they will benefit from the most. Assistance for sourcing work placements is available for those students who can demonstrate that they have put in a reasonable effort into finding work. If assistance is required though, it is strongly recommended that students consult with me ahead of the due dates stated above.
I wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to working with you in Term 2.