These resources are a guide to good practice which will make the vocational placement safer and more satisfying for students and host employers, and ensure that training providers are aware of their responsibilities and potential risks.
It is your responsibility to attend all your class sessions as required by your program. A medical certificate is usually not required for absence unless an assessment is to be held in the class you miss.
Please note that:
- although there are no compulsory attendance requirements for most students, regular attendance will be a factor in effective participation and successful completion where this forms part of the module or unit’s assessment criteria
- if you are an apprentice or a trainee, you are required to attend off the job training as part of your agreed training plan
- if you are an international student, you are required, as a condition of your student visa, to attend all classes
- if you receive Centrelink benefits, there are attendance requirements through mutual obligation arrangements.
You need to make every effort to be punctual for your classes and work placements. It is unacceptable to arrive late or to leave class early on a regular basis. If you are unable to attend or will be late for a class, it is a matter of courtesy to notify your lecturer.
Persistent late arrival and absenteeism may affect your eligibility for merit-based results and may call for counselling with the course coordinator or Educational Manager.
If you are an apprentice or a trainee, you may be required by your lecturer to report to your program's administration office when late for classes. Your employer may seek disciplinary action for breaches to the contract of training.
If you are unable to attend classes due to illness, please notify your lecturer by phoning the program administration office before your class begins. A medical certificate for the period of absence may be required when:
- you have been absent for a prolonged period due to illness
- applying for special consideration in assessment
- requesting to sit for a missed assessment.
A dress code of appropriate industry standard is expected when you are participating in:
- practice firms
- field practicum, vocational placements or work experience
- industry forums (either on or off campus)
- other course or industry related activities.
In order to access workshops, you will need to wear appropriate personal protection, such as safety footwear, clothing and safety equipment, as prescribed by the program and the occupational health, safety and welfare policy.
A vocational placement is a valuable opportunity for you to obtain first hand experience working in industry, to test your skills and establish potential employment contacts.
If you are required to attend a vocational placement as part of your course, TAFE SA will provide a formal agreement to the parties involved. The vocational placement agreement and accompanying information packages establish clear expectations of both you and your host employer's obligations. The training record books identify the experiences and competencies you have demonstrated on the job. These books form an important part of your work experience and should be maintained and stored carefully.
It is essential that you conduct yourself in a manner that does not reflect poorly on TAFE SA and is in accordance with the guidelines provided by the educational program. See the Student code of behaviour for more details.
A workplace experience or placement supervisor in your program will explain the range and limits of your duties in the workplace. For the safety of all parties, it is essential that you only carry out only those duties approved by your supervisor.
Please note that participation in work placements may be subject to:
- evidence of your skills and abilities
- your ability to work safely and appropriately by yourself or with others
- evidence of misconduct on campus or in the workplace
- obtaining, where necessary, a Prohibited Employment Declaration, a criminal record check or other such documentation if working in contact with children and young people.
Lecturers can provide more information about work placement requirements and discuss any concerns you have. You may also wish to discuss your circumstances confidentially with a Student counsellor.
Special consideration in assessment
If you have special needs, or if there are circumstances beyond your control, such as unanticipated and unavoidable disruptions in personal circumstances or medical conditions, you may receive special consideration in assessment. Special consideration may include:
- variation in examination/test/assessment schedule
- variation in methodology or environment
- additional time to complete assessments, examinations and major tests.
You can directly negotiate special consideration with your lecturer, or you may need to complete a local campus or program form. Contact your education program office, Student Services or Client Service Centre for further details.