Bundaberg State High School encourages participation in Work Experience and student placement programs. These are useful initiatives for assisting the social and vocational development of students. Students currently participate in Work Experience in the follow contexts:
· Year 10 Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways course
· Years 10-12 Special Education Program (SEP)
· Years 11-12 Trade-Tec program
· Ignite transition to work program
· Students from years 9-12, who wish to participate in Work Experience outside of curriculum or programs.
The Department of Education Procedure for Work Experience placements for school students specifies that:
· Students must be at least 14 years old.
· Students must be enrolled in an educational establishment.
· Activities undertaken should not require extensive training or expertise.
· Work Experience must be unpaid.
· Students can be placed on Work Experience up to a maximum of 30 days in a year. The principal may approve Work Experience of more than 30 days for a student with a disability. Work Experience is the short term placement of students in businesses to provide insights into the industry. A student should not stay with the one placement provider for more than one semester.
· Students may be placed for selected days or half days over a specified period of time, or each day of the week for a specified period.
· Participation in a Work Experience program should not disadvantage students with regards to the rest of their education program at school.
· The insurance cover for Work Experience students has certain restrictions and activities precluded from cover, and these activities may not be undertaken during Work Experience. The insurance policies cover students undertaking Work Experience placements in Queensland. This information can be found in the Insurance information for schools, parents/guardians and Work Experience providers policy http://ppr.det.qld.gov.au/education/management/Procedure%20Attachments/Work%20Experience%20Placements%20for%20School%20Students/Insurance_information.doc
Designated personnel in the school work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop the Work Experience program as a key component of a broader career education program, and review and evaluate the Work Experience program on a yearly basis. The program is marketed to community, students, and parents/guardians.