Work experience assists students in their transition from school to work. It provides a formal arrangement whereby students, while enrolled at a school approved by the Minister for Education, participate in activities at a place of paid or voluntary work. For the purpose of this Procedure, student means an individual who is at least 14 years old, and is enrolled in an educational establishment. Work experience must be unpaid.
The decision to implement a work experience program rests with the school principal, in consultation with students, parents and work experience providers. Students may undertake different types of work experience, including work sampling, work shadowing, research work experience and structured work placement. At all times, the educational value of the program for any student should be the prime consideration.
A work experience provider may be a person, a company, a business, an association, a local authority or any other body able, in the opinion of the principal, to provide work experience. Blue Cards are not required for work experience providers. Students may be placed for selected days or half days, over a specified period of time, or each day of the week for a specified period. Students can be placed on work experience up to a maximum of 30 days in a year.
For students who live in state border areas near New South Wales or the Northern Territory, work experience may occur across these borders if all suitable opportunities in Queensland have been considered.
The insurance cover for work experience students (state and non-state) has certain restrictions and activities precluded from cover, and these activities may not be undertaken during work experience.