School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow secondary school students to work for an employer, train towards a recognised qualification, and complete their secondary school studies. A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or Overall Position (OP) score.
In Queensland the Queensland Studies Authority has developed Structured Workplace Learning as an individualised course that can be offered in years 10, 11 or 12. The QSA has developed a quality assurance process to recognise such informal learning courses that may then contribute to the achievement of a Queensland Certificate of Education. Structured workplace learning (SWL), as defined by the QSA, is a recognised course that delivers a significant amount of learning in a real workplace.
A work experience placement assists students in their transition from school to work. It provides a formal arrangement whereby students, while enrolled at school, participate in the activities of a place of voluntary or paid work.
Work experience provides students with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning both paid and unpaid work. It is an opportunity to extend the learning in the classroom into the practical application in the workplace.
Work shadowing provides students with the opportunity to learn actively about people at work and to examine the work role they perform. Students gain access to occupational areas that may not be suited to work sampling, e.g. lawyer, dentist, chemist. The focus of work shadowing is the role of the worker(s) being shadowed, rather than the performance of work tasks or the investigation of the workplace.
A work sampling placement is one in which students have the opportunity to test personal vocational preferences through performing tasks in a workplace. Students select placements according to their future occupational aspirations. The student may experience the following outcomes: