Work Experience

Work experience is an opportunity for students and jobseekers to gain exposure to the workplace and learn on-the-job skills in a specific industry of interest to them. It is also an opportunity for a business to bring a young jobseeker in temporarily to see if they are an ideal fit for their team.

Benefits of providing work experience

  • identify talented young individuals who are looking to start a career in your industry in the local area and see if they are a good fit with your team.
  • provide professional development opportunities to your current staff by empowering them to develop leadership and mentoring skills.
  • provide high-level training and mentoring to the next-generation workforce looking to join your industry.
  • ¬†bring new ideas, perspectives, and personalities to the team.
  • strengthen your business’s connection with the local community.

Who can offer work experience?

Work experience can be provided by any person, company, business, or association who is able to provide the necessary workplace exposure identified as part of the person’s educational plan.¬†

What to consider before offering work experience

  • Ensure you are able to offer a safe, clean workplace that is conducive to providing a positive learning experience for new beginners. Before commencing work experience, the workplace must undergo a risk assessment process to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
  • All staff tasked with delivering services to young people under the age of 18 must hold a Blue Card.
  • A work experience agreement must be signed by all relevant parties (including parent/care giver where the participant is under 18) prior to commencement.
  • A work experience participant is not an employee and the provider is not the employer of that person. A participant may not be paid for work performed, and may work for a maximum of 30 days in a calendar year as per the Education (Work Experience) Act 1996 (Qld)
  • A work experience participant is accountable to the work experience provider, as well as their educational institution for their behaviour. They must comply with all reasonable workplace directions.
  • The RTO must have in place a contract of insurance indemnifying the participant and work experience provider against liability for personal injury or property damage.