Work Experience

Work ExperienceWork Experience is an integral part of the St Patrick’s Technical College Work Ready Skills program. It provides the opportunity for students to:

  • experience their trade choice;
  • develop skills for the workplace: and
  • gain feedback from an employer about their general employability skills such as attitude, work ethic, punctuality, problem solving abilities, communication and teamwork skills.

Our experience has shown that a significant number of students have been offered School-based Apprenticeships by employers following successful Work Experience placements.


  • #1 | Mon 6 April – Thurs 9 April (forms due 25 March)
  • #2 | Mon 25 May – Fri 29 May (forms due 25 March)
  • #3 | Mon 29 June – Fri 3 July (forms due 25 March)
  • #4 | Mon 17 Aug – Fri 21 Aug (forms due 5 Aug)
  • #5 | Mon 21 Sep – Fri 25 Sep (forms due 9 Sep)
  • #6 | Mon 16 Nov – Fri 20 Nov (forms due 4 Nov)
    or  | Mon 23 Nov – Fri 27 Nov (forms due 4 Nov)

If experiencing difficulty in securing a Work Experience placement in these blocks, students should consider using their school holiday breaks as alternative (or extra) work experience opportunities.

Advanced planning for Work Experience is strongly recommended. This planning could include:

  • being proactive in approaching employers for Work Experience opportunities and then follow-up phone calls, emails, faxes, etc.
  • ensuring the St Patrick’s Technical College Workplace Learning Agreement is fully completed, including all relevant signatures (employer, parent, student). This document is available for download below.

Students are encouraged to seek Work Experience with employers who are known to support School-based Apprenticeships and/or are in need of apprentices. The Careers supplement in The Advertiser on Saturdays is an ideal starting point.

Any student having difficulty identifying a suitable employer for Work Experience or requiring further information regarding the College’s Work Experience program should contact their Pastoral Care teacher, Industry Relations Manager or Student Services.