The Vocational Placement Pilot Program (VPPP) was launched in 2020. It’s an initiative by the Beacon Foundation and the Department of Education. The program works with employers to host work placements for years 11 and 12 students. And it works with years 9 and 10 students to provide work exposure opportunities.
VPPP teams work with employers across Vocational Education and Training (VET) related industries. They connect with the schools, developing a link between industry and school.
Work placements are part of VET courses. Students learn about a field of work through practical work. They develop technical skills related to their education. Depending on the qualification, placements can range from several days to a series of weeks. Placements offer employers an excellent opportunity to get to know potential future recruits. Work placement can also be known as vocational placement.
Work exposure focuses on students in years 9 and 10. It’s for those who are starting to explore their first career decisions. Work exposure is about giving young people exposure to different jobs and industries. Work exposure activities can be held in schools or on worksites and can include:
- Work experience
- Industry-focused competitions and challenges
- Presentations from industry, employers, or educational institutions
- Career expos
- Industry videos
- Labour market information
- Workplace tours
- Guest speakers
To find out more about the Vocational Education Pilot Program
About Beacon Foundation
Beacon’s Vision is to reach, inspire and connect Australia’s future workforce. Beacon works to create an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. Beacon builds connections between industry, education and the community to create real world education in schools that is relevant and engaging for young people in the 21st century.
Beacon works with schools and industry to
- Enhance connections
- Address skill and worker gaps
- Engage with students looking for a career in industry
- Provide support in the process of work placement