Workplace Learning

UOW High School Workplace Learning Program

The High School Workplace Learning Program has now commenced at the University of Wollongong. Our unit will receive and process student applications and provide placements within UOW where possible.

The work placement program is available for high school work experience students, Vocation Education and Training (VET), Big Picture Internships and high school students undertaking School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT). The Transition & Pathways team will handle communications between the host and applicant, provide a general induction to the University and support where necessary.


To get involved in the UOW High School Workplace Learning Program, please complete our Expression of Interest Form and a member of our team will be in contact within 7-10 business days to discuss your options. 

Please note that successful placements are dependent on availability within Faculties and Units across the University.

Expression of Interest Form for Schools & Students 



Benefits of becoming a Workplace Learning host:
• Participate in the education, career development and vocational training of young people in your community
• Promote attitudes and skills you want in your workforce
• Increase the supervisory, training and mentoring skills of your staff
• Give students knowledge of the value of work and raise the quality of those coming into your industry
• Act as a pipeline for exciting future talent in your workplace
• Have extra hands to help with workload

How to get involved:



Email with your requirements:

• Availability in the year to host a student
• How long would the placement be for? Is it a reoccurring placement?
• Brief outline of the role within your team

Communication between AccessUOW Team and potential ‘host’ to ensure requirements are met:

• Workplace supervisor
• Working With Children Check
• Any resources/support required
• Interview of student required prior to placement?

AccessUOW team to source student and provide introduction via email.

AccessUOW team to provide:
• Paperwork support
• Onboarding support for both student and host
• General induction for students


HOST: A ‘Host’ is an employer who ‘hosts’ a workplace learning student, introducing them to an adult working environment. Students gain practical experience which can inform their career choices and build their employability skills. Host employers supervise the students in the workplace, providing talks that are agreed and appropriate and at times, challenging for the student. Host employer must provide a safe workplace environment and appropriate supervision for the student.

WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS: Work Experience students are typically between Year 9 to Year 12. It is possible for students to be placed with a host at any point during the school year. Placements can be either a one week block or one day per week over a longer period of time. Students are seeking to experience working life and testing career aspirations. Students from Year 9 and 10 can only work during the school term. This is a volunteer role.

VOCATION EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET): VET students are typically from Year 11 and Year 12. They are seeking a work experience that is designed to complement the vocational training and education course being undertaken at school, TAFE or a private RTO (Registered Training Organisation). Students must complete a minimum of 35 hours in Year 11 and a further 35 hours in Year 12, usually with a different host each year. VET placements are generally quite flexible. It is possible for students to be placed with a host at any point during the school year. This is a volunteer role.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS: Internship students can be from Year 9 to Year 12 students who are seeking at minimum of a 6 week engagement within a Unit/School/Faculty or organisation. Students would be on campus once a week for a minimum of 6 weeks. These students are typically on track to attend University based on a ‘Portfolio’ application in place of an ATAR. Internships are opportunities for students to engage in an authentic work environment that is of interest to them. Internships are seen as crucial to connecting students to future work employment and possibilities. They are able to work on low to medium level projects that other staff may not have time for. Students can work on these projects within the office as well as at school as required. Often work samples will be used in their final portfolio submission. This is a volunteer role.

SBAT APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIP PLACEMENTS: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW. They allow students to commence an Apprenticeship or complete a Traineeship with an employer whilst at school.
A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines paid work, training and school; as well as an industry recognised national qualification the student will gain credit towards their HSC. If you are interested in hosting or employing an SBAT in the future or finding out more information please contact or the Indigenous Employment Officer on ext. 4905.