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Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning

If you’re studying a practical subject online, a structured work placement will give you the chance to get the hands-on experience that will give you an edge in your chosen industry.

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What is work placement?

Many of our courses involve Structured Workplace Learning - often called work placement. This means that during your course you will complete some of your learning activities (and be assessed) in a real workplace, giving you the chance to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have been learning in your course.

Structured Workplace Learning could also give you valuable insight into the industry in which you are working. They also help you develop contacts that could assist you on your future job search. Many students tell us that work placement is the most fulfilling aspect of their course!

At Open Colleges students are responsible for sourcing and securing their own work placement.

Firstly, you'll need to identify and secure a relevant workplace. Many students undertake work placement at their current work place (if suitable) or through family, friends of colleagues. We have a range of support resources and services to help you with this process - see 'How does Open Colleges help?' below.

Your work placement will need to be undertaken in Australia at a workplace, and with a suitably qualified supervisor, that has been approved by Open Colleges.

Once you have a work placement, you'll do a series of prescribed tasks and activities over time, and at an appropriate standard, under the guidance of a qualified Workplace Supervisor. You'll record these tasks in a logbook and complete an attendance report.

An Open Colleges Workplace Assessor will set up check points with you and your supervisor to check on your progress. You might also need to create a workplace portfolio, which is used to collect evidence of your workplace experiences.


Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.

For those who might need assistance in securing a work placement, there's support to help you along the way, including:

  • Structured Workplace Learning Support Kit: an online guide available in OpenSpace that provides general advice, tips and resources on how to secure a work placement
  • Workplace Assessment Guide: specific for each course that has Structured Workplace Learning, this guide provides more detail about requirements for that particular course (see 'Where can I find more information'? below for how to access the guide)
  • Academic Support Team: provide support for enrolled students who are experiencing difficulties sourcing work placement. Call the support team on 1300 650 011 for a referral to them. 

Check the course detail box on the course page you are interested in. If the delivery mode is online with work placement, then the course includes Structured Workplace Learning.

The course brochure and Workplace Assessment Guide/​Work Placement Overview ​contain specific details about the work placement requirements for the relevant particular course. You can download these documents by going to the particular course page and filling in your contact details - we'll  send you an email with these documents available for download.

You can also read our Work Placement Policy, located under the Key Student Information page of our website.

You can also call our friendly enrolment consultant on 1300 853 033. They can help you with any questions you may have about work placement (prior to enrolment) or studying with Open Colleges.

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