At Marcellin Campus, the Careers & Pathways Department is an integral part of our students learning journey as they begin to build their aspirations beyond the gates of Sacred Heart. Opportunities such as work experience, subject acceleration, school based apprenticeships & traineeships and University programs are widely supported at Sacred Heart College. Further information is available by contacting Prue Wilkosz, our Careers & Pathways Coordinator.
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Whilst work experience is not compulsory at Sacred Heart, during the holidays our students are able to take part in a week of work experience in a diverse range of industries.
Work experience may be possible for the following dates:
2022 Work Experience Dates
Work Experience Weeks Paperwork Deadline 4 – 8 July (Year 10 and 11 only) (Term 2, Week 10) 3 June 11 – 15 July (Term 2 holidays) 3 June 10 – 14 October (Term 3 holidays) 2 September 21 – 25 November (Year 12’s only) (Term 4, Week 6) 21 October 5 – 9 December (Term 4, Week 8) 4 November
Organising a Work Experience Placement (for non VET Students*)
In order to initiate a work experience placement students must visit the Career Development Office and speak to Careers and Pathways Coordinator, Prue Wilkosz or Annemarie Honner in person.
Students will then receive a pack of information that takes them through the multi-step process.
The work experience agreement form must be signed in this order by the student, work placement provider, parent/guardian (all arranged by the student) and finally the principal/delegate (arranged by the school). The work experience agreement form then becomes a legal contract which sets the school insurance cover in place and must be retained by the school. The school must also conduct an appropriate risk assessment and will provide a contact person who will be in contact with each student and work place during the student’s work experience placement.
Students seeking placement within a disability service or agency and some child related work places may be required to undergo a Police clearance which can take additional time.
It is a legal requirement that prior to commencing work experience students are inducted in the following areas: Work Health & Safety Act 2012 (SA), Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA), Equal Opportunity and the Children’s Protection Act 1984 (SA), Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA). Adequate time (approximately 5 hours) needs to be allocated to cover these topics effectively and students need to be able to demonstrate their understanding before going out to a work place.
Unpaid work trials should only occur if it’s necessary to evaluate a worker’s suitability for a job. They should only consist of the worker demonstrating their skills relevant to the job’s required tasks or observation of others performing the work.
*Students undertaking a Vocational Education & Training program will need to liaise with the VET Coordinator to arrange their work placement.