Q: What is work placement for?
A: Work placement provides practical training for students. You will work under the supervision of a supervisor in a real workplace. The work placement enables you to practice and develop your skills and is a compulsory requirement in order to gain your qualification.
Q: Is the work placement mandatory?
A: It is a mandatory requirement to complete work placement in order to receive your Childcare qualifications at BBI
Q: Who is responsible to organise the work placement?
A: Students are responsible for finding their own work placements. However, BBI has agreements with different childcare centres in case students need any assistance finding placements.
Q: Can I use my own employer for work placement?
A: Yes, if they meet the mandatory criteria for work placement assessment students can use their current job as a Work Placement. It does not affect at all the current student-employer relationship. A BBI assessor will assess and decide on the suitability of the work placement settings.
Q: When can I start the work placement?
A: Students are eligible to participate in work placement upon completion of at least two weeks of theoretical study at the institute. Students are only deemed eligible by the Trainer to participate if they possess the required attributes and skills.
A WORKING WITH CHILD CHECK is required for work placement and for gaining employment in a childcare centre
Q: How long is the work placement?
A: For Certificate III the minimum amount of work placement hours required to complete is 170 hours. For the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care the minimum amount of work placement hours to complete is 285 hours.
Q: Can I change my work placement?
A: We don’t recommend. However under extenuating circumstances we may consider. Request will be assessed by work placement coordinator or Academic coordinator
Q: I feel sick on the day of work placement. What do I do?
A: If you are sick, you are required to phone your supervisor immediately and let your supervisor that you are not coming in. In addition, you are required to email Student Support and your Trainer of your absence. You will also be required to email a copy of your medical certificate to Student Support for our records. Please note that you are still required to make up the hours you miss.
Q: My bus/train was late. Is that ok?
A: No, it is very important that you are punctual to your work place. Remember, every day is like a job interview and you need to make a good impression. Plan your trip to take into account possible delays and make every effort to arrive earlier to avoid being deemed late.
Q: What if I fail (Not Yet Competent) my work place Assessments?
A: Should a student not demonstrate competency within a single work placement, students may be required to undergo additional work placement hours and an additional assessor visit. An additional assessor visit will incur a fee of $200.
Q: Do I need to attend classes during my work placement?
A: Yes, please follow your individual study plan. There will be no classes during the work placement block weeks but you must continue your online learning throughout this period.
Please refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK for detailed work placement guidelines and procedures