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    Additional assistance to help students find work placements

    Additional assistance to help students find work placements


    Additional assistance to help students find work placements

    With many work placements not possible in 2020 due to COVID-19, The Skill Engineer (TSE) has opened at North Gosford to help assist HSC students find Vocational Education and Training (VET) work placements.

    HSC Entertainment students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College will be one of the first groups for the year heading out on work placement.

    Three Year 12 students will be assisting in creating video content for GoClimatarian, an organisation committed to fighting climate change through diet awareness.

    TSE Chief Executive, Maggie MacFie, said working in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines will give the students the chance to implement their classroom skills in a workplace setting.

    “Employers play an integral role in assisting our young people to make that important transition between school and work,” she said.

    The Skill Engineer (TSE) is a not-for-profit organisation contracted by the NSW Education Department which aims to advance vocational educational opportunities and find work placements for those who have completed their VET courses.

    TSE facilitates economic, social and civic inclusion for disadvantaged students, particularly at-risk young people, First Nations people and those with a disability.

    “2020 put an unimagined strain on local businesses, which had to adapt swiftly to changing regulations to stay afloat, and also on HSC students, who were unable to complete their mandatory work placements due to the pandemic.

    “Despite these challenges, the Central Coast community has proven itself to be strong and resilient,” MacFie said.

    “Already, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from businesses willing to host work placement students this year.

    “It’s because of the generosity of employers on the Coast that our young people are able to become equipped for the jobs of the future.”

    The company delivers co-ordination services in industries such as automotive, business services, construction, electrotechnology, entertainment, financial services, hospitality, human services, information and digital technology, primary industries, retail services and tourism, travel and events.

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      Youth for Climate Action



      Youth for Climate Action

      Year 11 and 12 Entertainment work placement from the Central Coast produced video, graphic and audio content for CliMarch, an online campaign aimed at encouraging as many people as possible to undertake the five most impactful individual actions to combat climate change.

      Students contributed to a movement to influence change amongst youth, families and communities. The participation of youth across the Central Coast was made possible due to the partnership between CliMarch and Skilled Creative.

      View their work at:

        Skill Engineer awarded Work Placement Coordination Program tender

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        Skill Engineer awarded Work Placement Coordination Program tender 

        A Work Placement Coordination Program contract has been awarded to a non-for-profit after a successful bid for the program. 

        The Skill Engineer Ltd will deliver coordination services for mandatory Higher School Certificate (HSC) Vocational Education and Training (VET) work placements from 2021 to 2025 across the Central Coast and Northern Sydney. 

        Executive Director of The Skill Engineer Ltd, Maggie MacFie, says she is thrilled the tender will go to The Skill Engineer Ltd. 

        “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to prepare young people for their transition into the world of work, with the skills to achieve and fulfill personal ambitions and employment goals,” said Ms MacFie. 

        “Work placements enable students to understand how classroom skills translate to a workforce setting, and provide a solid foundation for young people for future employment.” 

        The Skill Engineer Ltd will liaise with local schools with secondary enrolments, EVET providers and employers to coordinate HSC VET work placements for all eligible students within the service region. 

        Each year approximately 20,000 employers across NSW host student work placements. Ms MacFie says host employers are integral to the success of the Work Placement Program. 

        “Employers who host students may not realise the integral part they play in a young person’s journey to becoming work ready.” 

        “We look forward to working with local businesses to create purposeful, relevant and challenging work placement opportunities for young people, our future workforce.”

        Work placement industries include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment Industry, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information and Digital Technology, Primary Industries, Retail Services and Tourism, Travel and Events. 

        The Skill Engineer Ltd is a social enterprise creating employment, social and civic opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. 

        For more information visit: Work Placement

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