Work Placement

Youth Express coordinate work placements for approximately 2000 students from 26 high schools in the Hunter Valley each year. Work placement is a mandatory component of thirteen industry-based vocational education and training (VET) courses that students can choose as part of their studies for the NSW Higher School Certificate.

Students who undertake mandatory work placement have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and hands on experience in the workplace. Structured workplace learning can give students a taste of what it's like to work in a range of industry areas, including:

  • Automotive
  • Business Service
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Primary Industry
  • Tourism
  • Entertainment
  • Electrotechnology

Businesses that host work placement opportunities are supporting young people during their completion of their VET (Vocational Education & Training) pathway during their senior high school studies. On successful completion of their VET course these student will obtain a national recognised qualification.

Benefits to your business:

  • Assess the potential of young workers before engaging them in formal employment
  • Provide professional development opportunities for your staff by having them train and mentor young people
  • Contribute to the education of your future workforce by offering 'real world' learning opportunities

If you're interested in becoming a host employer or would like more information please contact one of our Structured Workplace Learning Coordinators on (02) 4931 2777 or email


You can view our Ready to Work programme overview online here.

Work Placement

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