CAREERS & PATHWAYS

Senior School

The Year 10 program is largely elective based. Students will be able to select a program that enhances their interests and strengths while preparing them for future study in Years 11 and 12. Students must study English and Mathematics for the full year.

Year 10 students will choose:

  • At least one elective from the Science Domain
  • At least one elective from the Humanities/Languages Domain
  • At least one elective from the Health and Physical Education Domain
  • At least one elective from the Arts/Technology Domain

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

The Year 10 Work Experience Program is a mandatory placement, which Year 10 students are required to undertake with an employer. We advise our students to find a placement that will provide an insight into the industry which relates to their course and career interests.

If the student will be under 15 years of age during the Work Experience week, please contact Leigh Moreton. 

The Work Experience Program for 2023 will be conducted during the last week of Term 2, Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 June 2023. In certain circumstances, where students are unable to participate in the program during Work Experience Week, students may be allowed to find placements during the June/July, September/October holidays or at the end of the year during Early Commencement. This requires approval from the Head of Year 10.

Students are expected to make their own arrangements with employers. We do not encourage parents/carers to undertake this task on behalf of their child. We strongly advise our students to plan ahead and make enquires with prospective employers well in advance. We encourage students to think about their recent subject selections, career action plan and use their Morrisby reports for ideas on possible placements that they would like to explore.

We appreciate students may already have part time jobs and are developing their work related skills. However, we believe students need to explore beyond these realms and into future possibilities. For this reason, students are not permitted to undertake the mandatory Work Experience Program placement with their current employers, as this contradicts the aims of the program.

Our Work Experience Coordinator is Derry Caulfield and is available to answer any questions and can be contacted via email.

Work experience is compulsory for all year 10 students so don’t wait to get started or leave it until the last minute.

Students will primarily observe and learn, and undertake manageable tasks; they will not undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.

Work experience forms an integral part of the career development process. It can provide students with:

  • A better understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers.
  • An increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.
  • An aspiration to continue study and/or undertake further training.
  • An opportunity to explore possible career options.
  • A better understanding of how the school curriculum can help prepare young people for work.
  • An introduction to workplace recruitment practices.
  • The opportunity to include the employer’s work experience evaluation in future job and course applications.
  • The opportunity to ‘try out’ a career interest area, prior to undertaking VCE/VET/VCAL studies in Year 11 & 12.
  • Advanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.
  • The opportunity to develop work-related competencies and acquire skills e.g. communication, teamwork skills. 

please see all relevant forms needed to complete for year 10 work experience below  

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Prior to commencing work experience, students MUST all complete Occupational Health and Safety training, through safe@work. They will need to complete the General Module, which is generic to all workplaces and an Industry Module, which is specific to the industry they will be observing. This will be completed at school and certificates will be printed in class upon completion of modules. Catch-up sessions will also be run.

Copy of certificate needs to be forwarded to pathways Office

WORK EXPERIENCE CONFIRMATION PACK

A confirmation pack including the arrangement and travel forms, along with Work@safe General and Industry specific certificates, work experience employer feedback form will be emailed to the employer, parent/carer and student approximately 2 weeks before work experience placement.

If your student commences their placement without this completed pack, it will not be classed as part of the schools work experience program and they will not be covered by the Department of Education and Training’s public liability and work cover.

Completed original Work Experience forms, original copies or photocopies of  completed Safe@Work modules AND any other required documentation, ie: Construction Induction Card (for students working on building site) or Working With Children cards must be provided to Pathways office.

WORK EXPERIENCE ARRANGEMENT FORM

Work experiences arrangements in Victoria and reciprocating state must be made using the Work Experience Arrangement Form. All sections of this form must be completed, signed and dated by the Employer, Parent/Carer, Student and Principal before the work experience can commence.

Return to the Pathways Office by 26 May 2023.

Please Note: Once this form has been signed by the Principal, this document will provide your student with Work Cover and Public Liability Insurance 

WORK EXPERIENCE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION FORM

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to arrange transportation to and from the student’s workplace. If it is proposed that the student may need to undertake vehicle travel with their employer and/or supervisor during the arrangement, the employer must complete Work Experience Travel and Accommodation Form . The parent/carer must complete the Parent/Career Consent section in this form. This form must be completed, signed and dated by the Employer and Parent/Carer.

Return to Pathways office by Friday 26 May 2023.

Please Note: If this form is not signed, your child cannot travel in a vehicle with the employer or any employees of the company. Both your student and the company WILL NOT be covered by insurance. For this reason, we ask that EVERYONE MUST complete this form. We have had students who have been given a lift home when they became ill at work and students who have ‘popped’ to the local café for lunch etc. These students weren’t covered by insurance.

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE FORM (COVID-19) IF REQUESTED BY EMPLOYER

PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINATION PROOF ONLY NEEDS TO BE PROVIDED IF EMPLOYER REQUESTS/MANDATORY IN WORKPLACE ie: Health settings

The arrangements set out in this form are in addition to those described and agreed to in the Work Experience Arrangement Form. Before signing this form, please read the Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and requirements for Work Experience which outlines the regulations in the workplace from the Minister of Health. This could change or be updated at any point. This form must be completed, signed and dated by the Parent/Carer and Student.

Return to Pathways office by Friday 26 May 2023.

CONSTRUCTION INDUCTION CARD (WHITE CARD)

Students working on domestic or commercial construction sites MUST have a Construction Induction Card (CIC) previously White Card.
A CIC  is a mandatory requirement if a student steps onto a building construction site. If you are unsure, check with your employer.

Employers risk large on the spot fines if a student enters a construction building site without the Construction Induction Card (CIC) previously White Card

Students will also need to create their Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. The USI is a number that you will use throughout your schooling and work lifetime for any qualifications you want to undertake.

https://www.usi.gov.au/

WORK EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES

FOR EMPLOYERS
These are guidelines for employers, explaining what is involved as a work experience employer and their responsibility towards our students. This to be given to potential employers, along with the employers FAQ sheet.

FOR PARENTS/CARERS
A guide for students, parents/carers, with information regarding work experience and how parents/carers can help

WORK EXPERIENCE WITH ANIMALS

Students undertaking work experience involving animals could be exposed to risks not found in other workplaces. These guidelines have been developed to assist students, parents/carers and schools to consider the hazards associated with animal contact, and to help employers plan suitable activities and provide a safe and rewarding experience for students.

Please read the Guidelines for Students Undertaking Work Experience with animals before completing the Proposed Work Experience with Animals Summary of Student’s Experience Form. This form must be completed, signed and dated by the Parent/Carer.

Return to Pathways office by Friday 26 May 2023.

PROHIBITED WORK INDUSTRIES/BUSINESS

Not a definitive list, see the Pathways office for full list of restrictions and activities while on Work Experience

  • Abattoirs
  • Any business where firearms and/or ammunition are manufactured, repaired or sold
  • Butchers or Fishmongers, retail activities ONLY
  • Equine business, Students are NOT permitted to undertake riding activities.
  • Fishing vessels
  • Funeral Homes
  • Gaming
  • Morgues
  • Prisons and correctional centres.
  • Recreational vessels
  • Sex Industry
  • Tattoo Shops
  • Security Industry
  • Commercial airports: Administration ONLY

Applying for a TAX File Number

How to apply for a TFN either online or by paper depending on your circumstances and residency status. It is free to apply.

A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the tax and superannuation systems.

It is free to apply for a TFN.
Your TFN is:

  • a unique number (usually 9 digits)
  • an important part of your identity
  • yours for life – you keep your TFN even if you change jobs or name, move interstate or go overseas.

Australian citizens with an Australian passport – TFN application
How Australian citizens apply for a TFN with myGovID, if you’re 15 years old or older and have a passport (beta testing).

Australian residents – TFN application
How Australian residents for tax purposes of all ages apply for a TFN, if you don’t have an Australian passport.

Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants and temporary visitors – TFN application
How visitors living in Australia with a valid foreign passport or travel document (visa) apply for a TFN.

Norfolk Island residents – TFN application
How Norfolk Island residents of all ages apply for a TFN depending on your circumstances.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – TFN application
How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can apply for a TFN if you don’t have enough identity documents.

What are the expectations of the student?

The emphasis during work experience is always on trying to provide an interesting and valuable placement. To ensure a valuable learning experience, a number of arrangements need to be made.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Find their own placement, wherever possible. The school, however is able to help the student.
  • Fill in the Work Experience Arrangement Form and return it to the school promptly. • Before work experience, complete the appropriate safe@work occupational health and safety modules. Students will receive a Certificate.
  • Behave as an employee while on placement, conforming to all the workplace rules and instructions from their supervisor.
  • Remember while on work experience students are representing their school, therefore school policies and codes of conduct apply at all times.
  • Complete activities set by the school during the placement.
  • Understand that the placement may involve confidential and sensitive information which must be kept private.
  • Understand that all office equipment, use of telephones, internet and photocopying is for work purposes only.
  • Wear the appropriate footwear/protective clothing/ uniform as requested by the employer.
  • Seek feedback from the employer at the end of the placement and thank them. Work Experience ‘Learning about work’ For more information, contact your local school.