For employers

encouraging young people to develop to their fullest potential

Workplace Learning

INSTEP West represents a cluster of schools who offer Year 11 and 12 students the School Curriculum and Standards Authority endorsed program - Workplace Learning (ADWPL) as part of the Western Australian Certificate of Secondary Education (WACE). Students undertake workplace learning to (i) gain employability skills, (ii) open career pathways by experiencing the real work environment in an industry/sector of future career interest and (iii) complete course units that count towards WACE graduation.

The Program

Potential student trainees are short-listed by their school and formally interviewed by INSTEP West to determine their suitability for the program and discuss their workplace interests. Students generally complete two different placements per year.

INSTEP West maintains a large data base of businesses/organisations who support the program. We look for suitable matchings and when arranged with the host workplace, INSTEP West sends a confirmation letter together with a schedule of student attendance dates, school insurance details (the Certificate of Currency which covers personal injury and public liability), a Student Profile showing student contact details including emergency contact numbers and a copy of the Workplace Supervisor Information.

It is the student's responsibility to contact the employer to arrange an interview before the placement commences.

Employers may choose to waive this interview in which case the student will telephone to discuss start and finish times, dress requirements, transport details, tasks/duties to be undertaken and other details related to the placement.

Students are timetabled out of school and must attend their work placement on each of the listed dates. Their hours of work are determined by you but we do ask, from a duty of care perspective, that students are given reasonable start and finish times as many use public transport.

Students are responsible for completing a Logbook and Skills Journal which they should always have with them for the duration of the placement. Please take time to familiarise yourself with this document.

Employers should be aware that all students agree to a set of Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities before starting their placement.

Students also attend an Induction where these are covered including Occupational Health and Safety; professionalism, communication and responsibilities in the workplace; personal grooming and hygiene; dress standards; confidentiality; protective behaviours (dealing with harassment and bullying) and workplace protocols including use of the internet, mobile phones and drug and alcohol testing.


Please note: You must acknowledge your responsibilities by signing page 3 of the Student Logbook and Skills Journal.

It is the responsibility of the host workplace to:

  • nominate a workplace supervisor who will monitor the progress of the student and ensure instruction and supervision occurs at all times. This includes overseeing completion of the Logbook, verifying the number of hours and tasks completed by the student and evaluating the student's workplace performance after each 55 hours completed (see page 21 of the Logbook);
  • advise the student of the workplace's safe working practices and protocols and provide appropriate information, training, instruction and supervision to the student in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health regulations. (see page 7 of the Logbook).
  • provide training opportunities for the student to develop their skills, knowledge and understandings;
  • take into account the competency, maturity and physical capabilities of the student in relation to all the activities he/she will undertake;
  • provide a workplace that is free of bullying, discrimination, harassment or intimidation;
  • contact the INSTEP West office or school immediately if the student (i) is injured or is involved in an accident in the workplace (ii) is involved in or witnesses a traumatic incident in the workplace (iii) takes unexplained absences. (see Student Profile for contact details)

N.B. If a student travels in a supervisor's or company vehicle to various work locations during the placement (e.g. with tradesmen) the vehicle must be roadworthy and licensed and the driver must have a current driver's licence.


The success of the INSTEP West program depends on willing employers who see the vocational/career benefits of students completing a work placement.

By participating in the program you are:

  • developing in young people a realistic understanding of industry expectations and standards;
  • providing a valued training role in educating young people in the workplace;
  • enhancing an understanding of the link between school studies and work;
  • helping develop career pathways for students.

INSTEP West staff and the individual school coordinators will make contact with you (and visit where practical) during the placement to discuss the student's progress.

While we do our best to prepare students for a work placement, employers and supervisors are not expected to tolerate students who are dishonest, disrespectful, unreliable, unwilling to learn or take frequent unexplained absences.

Do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have concerns or queries about a student's attitude or performance. We also welcome any suggestions you may have to improve the program.

Thank you for your support.