Terms and Definitions

The following definitions will become handy when you navigate the Career Horizons web portal:

Work Experience

Work experience is the short term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry and the work place in which they are located. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or experience. Click Here to Learn More Work experience opportunities can also be offered for and taken up by Tertiary students.  

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning provides an opportunity for students undertaking Vocational Educational & Training (VET) to gain valuable "on the job" skills and experience through short or long term placements in the work environment.  The aim is to improve the skills and knowledge of students, which enhances engagement, wellbeing and supports successful transitions from secondary school to further training and employment.

School Based Apprenticeships

School based apprenticeship and traineeships are open to students 15 years of age or over, who are an Australian Citizen; or hold a working visa that covers the nominal duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship. In Victoria it involves students undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as well as being employed and trained under certain arrangements. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/beyondschool/apprenticeandtrainee.htm  


Mentoring provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement (adapted from Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership and Robyn Hartley's "Young people and mentoring: towards a national strategy" 2004 Report). The mentor is not a replacement for a parent, nor are they a counsellor or teacher. They are a sounding board and confidant to the young person. www.youthmentoring.org.au

Volunteering – Tertiary Students

The key things to remember about volunteers are: -Volunteers are not free help – they are an extension of your professional staff pursing the organisation’s goals and mission -Volunteers are there as a choice – of their own free will – work is not compulsory for them -Volunteer activities should not substitute paid work, and therefore should not replace a paid worker’s role -Volunteer activities should benefit the volunteer, the organisation and the community -Volunteer activities should suit a volunteer’s availability -Volunteer activities should not interfere with the volunteer’s other responsibilities such as work, family, study -Volunteers should be treated like other employees, in terms of rights, such as a safe work environment, insurance, OHS, grievance procedures, etc -Volunteers should be made to feel as if they are an equal part of the team