Work placement and work experience are both important to the BSSC curriculum. During April, 20 students got hands-on experience in workplaces in and around Bendigo.
Most students were involved in Structured Workplace Learning associated with VET subjects or VCAL. Others studying just VCE subjects completed work experience to try out a potential career, make industry contacts and learn things that may not be taught in classrooms.
BSSC students completed placements in a range of industries and employers were impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm. Some students have been offered employment opportunities as a result of their placements. Here is a sample of the students who were involved:
Hannah Mika is a Year 12 student studying English Language, Maths Methods, Chemistry, Biology and Certificate II Animal Studies. Her Structured Workplace Learning placements are designed to enhance her aspirations to become a VET. During the Easter break Hannah was placed at the Bendigo Animal Hospital, under the expert tutelage of Dr John Brown and his staff.
Dylan Nolen is a Year 12 Senior VCAL student at NETschool. Dylan is studying Certificate II Automotive and Certificate II Engineering and enjoyed his time in Structured Workplace Learning at GeJay Automotive Bendigo. Dylan is currently organising another work placement in Engineering to help him decide where his career path lies for 2017.
Patrick Hancock is in Year 12 VCE studying English, Certificate II/III Sport & Recreation, Biology, Further Maths and Physical Education. He completed Structured Workplace Learning at Peter Krenz YMCA Eaglehawk. Working alongside Personal Trainers, Patrick learned more about nutrition, fitness programs for clients and anatomy. Patrick plans to become a Personal Trainer in 2017.
Austin Morley is a Year 12 VCE student studying English, Certificate II/III Sport & Recreation, Physical Education, Further Maths and Sociology. Austin was accepted at Intersport Bicknells for Structured Workplace Learning. He was then offered part-time employment with the business for demonstrating a positive skill-set while on work placement.
34 students have already been placed for the VCAL May placement week.