SIP has been organising Work Placement for over 20 years in Western Sydney. Work Placement involves connecting employers with senior high school students to enable them to use the skills they learn in their vocational subjects in their relevant industry. For students in these subjects in NSW, work placement is mandatory, and is an important part of their learning experience. Every student undertaking a VET course in High School or TAFE has to undertake 70 hours of unpaid work placement. This not only enables them to gain industry experience but gives them the opportunity to develop and learn new skills.

There is a natural limit to how much students can learn from the classroom, so when real employers show them the workplace, there’s a powerful engagement that the classroom cannot simulate.

This helps students be productive and profitable for employers after school, and ultimately helps tackle problems of youth unemployment by inspiring students and setting them up for success.

Industries involved in work placement include:

  • Automotive
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitality
  • Information Digital Technology
  • Tourism and Events
  • Retail Services
  • Electro-Technology
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Health Services
  • Primary Industries

Not in Western Sydney, the Hawkesbury or the Blue Mountains? Work Placement is different in every state. Find links to VET in all states here.

Work placement information for schools

Work Placement is mandatory for all students studying VET subjects, it is important to understand what your role is in enabling and ensuring students undertake their placements.

Employers are instrumental in work placement for students

Work Placement provides an opportunity to inspire and educate a young person in your industry. Hosting work placement students assists in reducing youth unemployment and creating productive, skilled workers for the future of your industry. Being a host for work placement enables you to help our youth, be a vital part of the community and give back to your industry

If you’re keen to have one of our students on board, contact us today.

Students who do VET courses need to do work placement in NSW

If you’re undertaking a VET course through school, TAFE or college. You need to complete a compulsory work placement in your studied industry.


Learn how to support your child in their work placement and what it’s really all about.

There are two portals useful for work placement

Work Placement Connect is an online system to manage work placements that helps make the coordination and organisation between students and employers much easier and smoother. New student’s sign up once, generally in Year 11 via the portal and nominate which school or TAFE you are attending, and the courses you are studying. SIP staff work with your school to prepare a calendar and organise a host employer to be ready for you.

Go2Workplacement is an online platform set up by the NSW Department of Education, to provide online learning and induction for work placement for students to complete before beginning their placement. It includes videos, quizzes and other content to get students ready. Employers are increasing concerned about having documented evidence that the young person is ready to work safely on placement. Therefor students should bring along their certificate of completion, a final check that you are indeed ready for the workplace.