Students who do work experience are generally younger, around the level of Year 10 High School. Work Experience is an informal program that enables students to get an idea of a career they’re interested in and hopefully be inspired to work to achieve it.
Students coming into the workplace for Work Experience haven’t necessarily been taught any specific industry skills, and generally only carry out very basic tasks and observations in the workplace.
Employers who take work experience students have the opportunity to inspire young people about their industry and the education and training pathways available.
Majority of the students placed by SIP are Work Placement students. These students are in Year 11 or 12 and studying a particular vocational subject in a specific industry.
These students are required to do mandatory placements in their field to demonstrate and enhance their classroom learn skills in a real workplace setting.
Employers who host Work Placement students give young people an opportunity to expand and understand their skill set, as well as give them practical experience and advice that will benefit them in their future careers in the industry.
Internships are a whole different type of exposure to the workplace, and are generally undertaken by University or other tertiary students. They can be either paid or unpaid, dependent on the particular industry, and involve students accommodating a temporary role whether for 2 weeks or 6 months.
Unlike Work Placement and Work Experience, Internships are generally positions advertised by organisations and students are employed through the same process as other organisational roles.