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An online work placement readiness resource



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Supporting schools and students in Western NSW Region

Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated
trading as
Western Student Connections

Head Office - Dubbo
Karen, Kim, Kylie, Ana
Margaret, Geraldine, Hollie
Emily B, Emily R, Emily S

Suite 2
46 Bultje Street
Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: 02 6885 6144
Fax: 02 6885 6199

Broken Hill Office

1a Wentworth Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone (Helen): 08 8082 5725
Phone (Dom): 08 8082 5706
Fax: 08 8082 5740

Bathurst Office

120 Bentinck Street
Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone (Office): 02 6332 3656

Please see our contacts page for further contact information

Work Placement - NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission, Association of Independent Schools (WPSP)

As the sole Work Placement Service Provider (WPSP) for Western NSW, Western Student Connections provides work placement coordination services for all schools and TAFE campuses in Work Placement Service Provider Regions J and K - see Region J map, see Region K map.
We commenced business in October 2002 as Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated and now trade as Western Student Connections.
In our role of Western NSW WPSP, we coordinate mandatory work placements for school students enrolled in NSW Higher School Certificate VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses at school and/or TAFE - See a list of our schools and TAFE Campuses.
Western Student Connections Work Placement Coordinators work closely with NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission and Independent schools, TAFE NSW Western and New England Institutes Campuses, and local employers, to ensure a quality work placement for each student, that meets NSW Board of Studies requirements.
Our Work Placement page has further information.

Indigenous Employment Program for School Based Apprentices and Trainees - Australian Government Jobs, Land and Economy (IEPSBATS)

Western Student Connections, in a consortium with Access Group Training, is a provider in the Western NSW region for the coordination of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Aboriginal school students.
The IEPSBATS program provides a pathway opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, through the facilitation of School Based Traineeships, and providing Structured Mentoring while the students are at school, and following their completion of Year 12 and transition from school to employment or further education.
See our IEPSBATS page for further information


Western Student Connections is a Links to Learning provider for the Castlereagh, North West and Far West Links to Learning projects.
The Links to Learning Program is funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education.

Western Student Connections provides individualised workshops, resources and sessions for students in the Links to Learning projects.
See our Links to Learning web page for further information


Western Student Connections is endorsed to provide Quality Teaching Council (QTC) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.
See our Training page for more information about this course and other training opportunities.

Business Documents & Links

Business Plan - 2015 - 2017
2015 Organisation Chart

Workshops and Training Opportunities


Visit our Training Page for workshop information and Application Forms

Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning
Completing Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.3.2, 2.3.2, 3.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2, 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Western Student Connections is an Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

VET and TVET teachers, VET and TVET Coordinators, Careers Advisers, Work Placement Coordinators, Job Coaches

Workplace Learning Policy, Board of Studies, NSW DET, CEC, AIS and WPSP requirements, Employability Skills, Work Readiness presentation for students, Employer expectations, Pre- and post-placement activities
One-day workshop 8:45am - 3:45pm See Training Page for dates.
$253.00 incl. GST
Enquiries: Western Student Connections Ph:02 6885 6144

What's On

Term 4 2016

10 October
Term 4 Week 1 Day 1
Links to Learning Milestone Reports due

11 October
Cobar High School Careers Expo

12 October
Cowra High School SBATs talk to students

13 October
Dubbo AECG Annual General Meeting at Dubbo College Delroy Campus

14 October
HSC VET Hospitality Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

17 October
Gulgong High School Links to Learning White Card training
HSC VET Information & Digital Technology Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm
HSC VET Metal & Engineering Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

18 October
WSC Board Meeting
HSC VET Financial Services Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm
Dunedoo Links to Learning White Card

25 October
HSC VET Entertainment Industry Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm
HSC VET Human Services Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

26 October
HSC VET Electrotechnology Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

27 October
HSC VET Automotive Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

28 October
HSC VET Primary Industries Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

31 October
Cobar Links to Learning Barista Training
HSC VET Tourism Travel & Events Examination 9:25am - 11:30am
HSC VET Construction Examination 1:55pm - 4:00pm

31 October - 3 November
WSC Staff Conference in Dubbo

1 November
Cobar Links to Learning Barista Training
HSC VET Retail Services Examination 9:25am - 11:30am

4 November
HSC VET Business Services Examination 9:25am - 11:30am

7 November
Cobar Links to Learning White Card Training

28 - 30 November
Coomealla High School Work Readiness workshops

2 December
Castlereagh Links to Learning Red Hill Day

8 December
Dunedoo Links to Learning RSA Training Day

9 December
Dunedoo Links to Learning RCG Training Day

12 December
Gulgong High School Presentation Day

16 December
Links to Learning Final Reports due
WSC Offices close for Annual Leave

Current Projects

Links to Learning Projects
Far West
North West

Indigenous Employment Program for School Based Apprentices and Trainees

School Based Traineeships & Apprenticeships Facilitation

Bright Future Campaign

Host Employers Wanted

Local Links to Industry Program

A School to Work Program for Students

The Real Game Series
Workshops for students
Training for teachers

workshops for students

An online work placement readiness resource
for VET students

BOSTES QTC Accredited Courses

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program
Western Student Connections can write your application for you.
2016-17 applications for funding are now closed


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No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. Western Student Connections does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this web site or incorporated into it by reference.
The information on the Western Student Connections’ website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.
No liability is accepted for any information or services which may appear in any other format. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked websites.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The coordination of work placements is funded by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education under the Work Placement Service Provider Program
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