Year 11 VET Work Placement

Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects are highly practical in nature and give students dual accreditation – they achieve the subject as part of their Higher School Certificate studies, plus gain a qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

In Year 11 this year, we have students studying Hospitality (Food and Beverage), Construction Pathways and Entertainment Industry. A large proportion of Year 11 VET students have recently gone out into industry and completed work placement, which is a mandatory component of their HSC. VET students are required to complete 70-hours of work placement in the relevant industry.

Learning in the workplace enables students to:

  • progress towards the achievement of industry competencies
  • develop appropriate attitudes towards work
  • learn a range of behaviours appropriate to the industry
  • practise and apply skills acquired in the classroom
  • develop additional skills and knowledge, including the employability skills

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The school works in partnership with SouthWest Connect, who are contracted by all three education sectors to source placements and liaise between host employers and schools. If you are a business owner or work in an organisation that may be able to host our students, please contact Mrs. Barry, Head Teacher – VET for more information about the work placement program.

We are grateful to the following businesses that have hosted our students this term:


  • Cassanova Café
  • La Maison De Café
  • Flatrock Café
  • Reflections Café
  • Gemelle Ristorante Italiano
  • Café Zeina
  • Blue Star Café
  • The Black Elk Café
  • Cabra-Vale Ex-Serviceman’s Club


  • Bunnings Warehouse Crossroads
  • Alutec Windows
  • Westbourne Developments
  • Ever Design Group
  • INZ Kitchens
  • Stegbar Pty Ltd


  • Bava’s Music City
  • Staging Rentals & Construction Services


Year 11 students have found work placement to be a really fun and worthwhile experience to further their skills in the relevant subject and industry. Here is what some of our students have said about work placement:

“It’s been really fun and I have learned lots”

“I can’t believe how much washing up there is in a small café”

“The supervisors have been really friendly and it’s been a good place to learn”

“It’s been an awesome week. I’ve learned how to make coffees, serve customers, I’ve even taken orders and used the till”.