Its great you are eager to get started on your work placement, however before you can start you need to ensure that you are work place ready.
The following information outlines important steps and expectations required to commence your work placement, this contributes to an assessable component of your Dual Diploma in Early Education and Care & School Aged Education & Care.
Working with Children Check
Once you have enrolled its essential that you apply for a current Working with Children Check/Blue card Certificate before commencing work placement. This should be completed after receiving your letter of enrolment.
These checks are an important step to assist in keeping children in our community safe by preventing people who have a criminal history that indicates a possible risk of harming children.
You cannot commence work placement without this.
These checks are specific to the state you are in. Fees may apply (these fees are not covered by CTA).
Additional information for states can be located below, or discuss with your Trainer/Course Co-ordinator
QLD - https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/index.html
NSW - https://wwccheck.ccyp.nsw.gov.au/Applicants/Application
VIC - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
TAS - http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children
NT - http://www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au/
Prior to commencing work placement you are required to hold a current first aid certificate including:
Perform cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Provide an Emergency First Aid response in an Education and Child Care setting
Please note, this is completed in Stage 1 of your studies and the cost is included in your course fees.
Prior to starting work placement you are required to complete Stage 1 written assessments successfully, this ensures that you have all the required knowledge in relation to Children's Health & Safety before you head into the work place.
Securing Work Placement
Employability skills are part of your assessment and the first step in being employable is looking for a work placement position.
Consider where you might like to do your work placement (keeping in mind that you are required to work with Children of varying ages, you may like to discuss this in greater detail with your trainer).
Contact with the workplace, to see if they are happy to have a work placement student (we recommend phoning or visiting in person, e-mail is not recommended as a method of initial communication).
Arrange a time to meet with the workplace to discuss and organise your placement. Many work places may like to discuss work placement with a CTA team member and your Trainer can be contacted to discuss work placement.
Once placement has been secured please ensure that CTA has been advised of the details (including Centre name, address, contact phone number and a contact person) this is to ensure that all the correct paperwork is in place prior to you starting (this includes a Memorandum of understanding MOU).
Work placement cannot start until these documents are in place.
Whilst on work placement CTA students are covered under Community Training Australia’s Public Liability insurance. Work places may request a copy of this and it can be obtained from your Course Co-ordinator or Trainer.
Work place Health and Safety
It is expected that whilst on work placement you will act in accordance with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) guidelines and Organisation Policies and Procedures. In Stage 1 of your studies you will learn about Work Place Health and Safety in addition you can obtain information about CTA’s WHS policy via our website http://www.cta.com.au
Work Places will have individual Policies and procedures relevant to the specific work place, it is recommended to request an induction of these prior to commencing work placement covering Service Policies and Procedures.
Miss Pepper’s Tips for the work place
How exciting you can now start putting all that you’ve learnt into practice! Here are some tips to ensure that you gain the most out of work placement.
- Ensure you are presentable, this includes personal hygiene and wearing your Miss Pepper work placement top (and pants suitable to your work environment, short skirts are not practical for working with children)
- Make sure your work place has your correct contact details, and that you have theirs (including telephone and e-mail address)
- Confirm with your work placement who the contact person is for your work placement and the required process if you cannot make your placement on a particular day (most workplaces will expect that you phone them in person)
- Please ensure you keep track of your workplace hours, there is space for this on your work place booklet and the record needs to be signed by your supervisor.
- Let your trainer know dates you will be on placement so that they can keep in touch with you and your workplace, and ensure that your workplace knows who your trainer is and their contact details.
- On work placement your conduct should reflect the professional, respectful, ethical and moral standards of someone wishing to enter work in community services area.
*** Please Note*** If for any reason your work placement cancels your placement due to misconduct, lack of attendance or other matters of concern.
You will be required to find your own work placement and may result in discontinuation from the course. This includes representing CTA in a professional manner, maintaining appropriate communication with your Work Placement is an assessable component of your course. Failure to adequately communicate with Work Placement and attend on agreed days.
Please also remember that your attendance and performance on workplace will impact your ability to participate in the UK Nanny tour and Nanny Placements in Australia.
Remember that this is a great way for you to gain experience in this industry, it is essential to completing your course and if you go in and ‘shine’ you may end up securing employment. Make the most of this time, learn, be pro-active and enjoy!