Work Experience

Baw Baw Shire Council actively supports local secondary schools, TAFEs, job seekers, and tertiary educators by hosting work placement opportunities.

Benefits of Work Experience at Baw Baw Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council has work experience and work placement opportunities available to students and job seekers.

Work experience at Baw Baw Shire Council can provide:

  • Insights into what a job involves
  • An introduction to local government
  • Structured, supervised, hands-on experience
  • Useful work skills that are recognised in the workplace
  • Confidence in your ability to learn and become competent at new tasks
  • Work/life skills, such as communicating effectively, or working in teams
  • A chance to demonstrate how you can contribute in a work environment
  • An understanding of the world of work
  • An opportunity to demonstrate commitment and reliability
  • A new referee to add to your resume
  • An employment opportunity

To find out about our previous work experience students and job seekers, go to Work Experience Stories.

Eligibility and Expectations

Eligibility

Students studying at a registered training and education organisation are eligible to apply for work experience provided that it forms part of their education program and their educational institution or agency covers them for personal insurance and public liability.

This includes students studying at secondary school, TAFE colleges, schools for people with disabilities, approved work experience referral agencies, and universities.

As an approved Job Services Australia provider, we also work with local employment agencies to provide work experience to Job Seekers (who work for the Dole). For more information about Job Seeker placements, go to Department of Employment.

Hours and Pay

Secondary School placements receive a minimum of $5 per day in accordance with Education Victoria Work Experience Arrangements. All other placements are unpaid.

Secondary and tertiary students on work experience and work placement are required to work from 9.00am to 5.00pm unless otherwise specified by the relevant manager.

Student Support

Students will be given meaningful and challenging projects in a supportive work environment. Work will depend on the type of placement and the work area in which the student is placed.

Students are required to report to the designated manager or team leader in the relevant work area who will provide assistance, mentoring and coaching during the work placement.

Dress Code

Business attire is required at Baw Baw Shire Council however it is suggested that students speak to their manager or team leader before the commencement date as there may be specific requirements for their work area.

Types of Work Experience

  • Year 10 Work Experience Placement
  • VCAL/VET Work Experience Placements
  • Job Seeker (Work for the Dole) Placements
  • Certificate III, IV and Diploma Placements
  • University Placements
  • University Vacation Work Placements

For more information about the activities typically undertaken for each of the placement types, email the Organisation Development team or call 5624 2411.

How to Apply for Work Experience

All requests for work experience placements require a minimum of one month notice.

Application and Placement Dates

  • Applications close by 15 March for placements between March and June.
  • Applications close by 15 August for placements between July and February, including the summer vacation period.

Submit an Application

Secondary school students can apply for a range of positions through the Structured Workplace Learning Portal.

Tertiary students can apply for placement through Council’s recruitment portal.

Job seekers shoud contact their employment agency.

For more information, email the Learning and Development Advisor or call 5624 2411.

Processing Applications

Applications take approximately 10 working days to process. Applications are referred to relevant departments and the applicant will be advised if a placement opportunity is available. If a position is available, applicants are required to attend an interview with the relevant supervisor.

It is not always possible to place all students who request a placement due to the number of requests, the work load of departments, the availability of a staff member to supervise the student, or the availability of work space. We endeavour to place as many students as we can.