Vocational Placement Pilot Program (VPPP)

Did you know that Beacon is developing a new program to support schools working with industry to create pathways into employment?

What is the Vocational Placement Pilot Program (VPPP)?

The Vocational Placement Pilot Program (VPPP) is a great way to offer students a placement and get involved in work exposure opportunities for students in your community. The VPPP is a pilot program launched in 2020 by the Beacon Foundation and the Department of Education in Tasmania.

Together, we are trialling a different way to find successful Vocational Education Training (VET) placements for Tasmanian students in years 11&12. We are also working with years 9&10 in selected schools to provide work exposure opportunities.

We are also inviting feedback from employers about how they would like to connect with the schools in their community to interact and influence your future workforce.

“Working with Beacon benefits our business by showcasing our trades to students, so they understand what career pathways we offer before committing to an apprenticeship. Work placement allows us to see the student operate in a real-world environment to ensure they are the correct fit for our business. Partnering with schools allows for industry guidance and contribution to student work preparation.”

Tim Jordan
General Manager Degree C

Work Placements

  • Work placements are part of the VET course.
  • Placements allow a student to learn more about a field of work through practical work and 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 soon to be school leaver and potential future recruit.
  • Work placement can also be known as vocational placement.

Work Exposure

  • Work exposure focuses on students in years 9&10 who are starting to make their first career decisions.
  • Work exposure is about giving young people exposure to different jobs and industries through various methods.
  • Work exposure activities can be conducted 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
    • Mentorships

“Strong relationships with our diverse industry partners provide the opportunity for students to implement skills and knowledge they are learning in their VET program, in a real-world environment.”

Liz Self
VET Quality Manager at Newstead College


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