Preparing students for work

It’s critical that students preparing for work in the human services sectors are exposed to real workplaces and real clients as part of their studies. To support consistency and quality of these experiences we’ve developed the mandatory work placements guide for employers, registered training organisations and learners.

Mandatory work placements guide

Work in the disability and aged care sectors is unique, rewarding, and challenging. Many of the required skills and behaviours are hard to teach in a classroom, so it’s critical that students preparing for work in these sectors are exposed to real workplaces and real clients as part of their studies.

The Preparing Students for Work – Certificate III in Individual Support Work Placement Guide has been designed for employers, registered training organisations (RTO) and learners to support and simplify the mandatory workplace requirements (MWR) process for the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015).

Drawing on input from stakeholders across the disability and aged care sectors, it provides practical information and advice in the form of:

  • tips
  • resources
  • templates
  • further reading and support

The guide is a useful resource in helping all parties understand their respective roles and responsibilities in implementing the work placement component of the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015), and ensure it works well for all involved.

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Policy and research paper

In 2021, the Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) commissioned research into the mandatory work requirements of the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015). The research was a response to industry concerns about the numbers of students unable to access work placements to fulfil the requirements of the qualification. The research quantifies the extent to which students were experiencing difficulties in accessing work placements and gives an understanding of the factors contributing to this from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups. This piece of research has also informed the creation of the guide.

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Summary

This guide has been developed to support quality experiences for mandatory work placements for students completing the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015). The guide is for employers, registered training organisations and learners to make the most of the experience.

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