Information about Work Experience at McCarthy
At McCarthy Catholic College work experience is NOT compulsory and there is no time set aside specifically at school for block work experience.
Work experience is offered to students primarily in the following situations:
- students seeking apprenticeships where work experience will help them focus on career options and assist their chances of successfully making the transition from school to work
- students seeking to do university study in areas such as health and communications where work experience enhances their prospects in gaining entry to these university courses.
- students genuinely wishing to explore career options in careers or industries where appropriate
The school would prefer students to do work experience in their school holidays where possible as school work, assessment tasks and examinations take priority. Only in special circumstances can it be done during school time. Work experience has to be a time that suits all stakeholders (student, parent, employer and the school). Each of these must complete some of the documentation required.
Students intending to do work experience:
- must be at least 14 years old
- collect and complete an Application for Work experience and then see me to discuss their plans to see if they meet the school’s guidelines
- are responsible for finding an employer for their work experience and arranging suitable dates with the employer before seeing me to start the paperwork
- are encouraged to do work experience in school holidays. If school time is involved, students are not to miss assessment tasks, exams or any other events the staff regard as having priority.
- must ensure ALL paperwork is satisfactorily completed and returned before the end of the week prior to work experience beginning. This can take a considerable amount of time so allow at least one week getting this completed.
- must realize that work experience cannot go ahead until all the paperwork is done as all parties need to be legally covered ie student, employer, parent/guardian and the school.
- must not accept payment during/for their period of work experience as this has implications for their work experience insurance cover
- understand that we must apply to the CEC NSW for permission if working with animals is involved
- must have completed the WHS General Induction for Construction Work in NSW (White Card) course in person and not online BEFORE doing any work experience requiring access to a construction site which includes houses under construction and carpentry workshops.
To find details of the application process itself, click here!
Please click here for a PDF copy of the McCarthy Catholic College Work Experience Guidelines.