Work Experience Host Employer Information (WEX)
A ‘Hotstart’ WEX placement is one-week of unpaid participation in the workplace as a learner. All ‘Hotstart’ students will be offered the opportunity to undertake a WEX placement. This is a very important component of the program as it allows students and employers to identify if the workplace is a good fit and if offering an ASBA placement is appropriate.
‘Hotstart’ employers who accept a work experience WEX student will need to abide by the ACT WEX Guidelines and Requirements 2012. Employers will need to liaise with the school WEX Coordinator and complete the necessary documentation provided by the school including e.g Host Employer Details Form, Host Employer Suitability Form, WEX placement outside standard hours form (if required).
Workers Compensation Insurance Arrangements for WEX students
The ACT Education Directorate has indemnification insurance coverage for WEX placement activities.
What are my obligations as an employer for accepting a WEX student?
- Abide by ACT WEX guidelines and requirements;
- Liaise with the school WEX Coordinator and ‘Hotstart’ Program Manager;
- Roster the student at times that are reasonable and fair and with appropriate notice;
- Rotate the student through various areas of the workplace;
- Provide training activities and opportunities for the student to practice their new skills;
- Ensure the student has adequate supervision and a safe working environment, free of
discrimination and all forms of harassment; and
- Provide feedback to the student and school/’Hotstart’ Program Manager on the student’s performance.
An ASBA offers students, 15 years of age or over, the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification by combining paid work and training as part of their education program. The ASBA must complete a minimum of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week. This includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training. The nominated training provider in all cases will be Access Recognised Training RTO Code 88203.
If all parties (student/parent/school/employer/RTO) agree to the terms and conditions of an ASBA, the student will commence employment and training with the partner employer. Group Training arrangements are available if partner employers would prefer not to employ the ASBA directly. The ‘Hotstart’ Program Manager will assist the employer to navigate the ASBA process along with providing additional support throughout the duration of the ASBA e.g mentoring, pastoral care.