Your career pathway is the journey you take to reach your goals throughout your life. All career pathways are personal, and is the combination of your experiences in life, your education and training, unpaid work and your interests. Opportunities, new experiences, and problems you come across as you move along your career pathway can make a difference to the direction you take.


A Vocational Placement is a structured learning experience where theory delivered is translated into practice within a work environment. The placement provides an opportunity for students to undertake tasks that relate to your specific course of study, and practice tasks often enough to demonstrate competency in performing the relevant task. This means a student will be able to perform tasks in a range of circumstances and environments, to a standard reasonably expected in the sector. Successful Vocational Placement therefore goes beyond ‘work experience’. It’s a structured program that integrates on‐the‐job and off‐the–job training. It is different from work experience in that instead of just observing what goes on, you will be given the opportunity to undertake tasks that relate to your vocational course, and be assessed in performing the relevant task/s.


  • Obtain the skills you need for your job
  • Build your confidence in applying your knowledge to the work environment
  • Develop your communication and teamwork skills
  • Be job-ready when you graduate


It is only compulsory for a student to complete Vocational Placement if they are completing any of the following qualifications. Their requirement are also listed below:

SIT50313 Diploma of Hospitality – Minimum 110 Hours over 36 Service Periods for Vocational Placement

CHC50112 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care– Students who are not employed in the early childhood sector (working with children) will be required to complete 240 hours of vocational work placement.


While in your Vocational Placement, you will be expected to behave like a new employee as much as possible by following these steps:

  • Present to work in a fit state – (apart from medical issues) DO NOT present for work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Behave in a professional manner
  • Strictly adhere to the site’s OHS&W policies.
  • Complying with safe and reasonable directions
  • Advise a supervisor immediately if designated tasks appear beyond your current capability.
  • Dress appropriately for the role you are performing.
  • Hair washed and tied back if below the ears, no face piercings ( if so take out all rings etc.) closed in appropriate footwear, clean & ironed clothes, if wearing a skirt it must be to your knees, wear deodorant, brush teeth.
  • Do your best!