In many TAFE NSW courses, some of the learning and assessment occurs in the workplace or in a simulated workplace. A simulated workplace is very similar to a real workplace and may have clients, but is usually within a TAFE campus.
TAFE NSW has a responsibility to protect members of the public (and the students themselves) from being harmed by students taking part in workplace or simulated workplace learning. If there is evidence that your skills or behaviour could present a risk to yourself or other people in the workplace, you may not be allowed to participate in a work placement, at least for a period of time.
To help you understand your responsibilities in the workplace, you will be given a code of practice that indicates expected standards of behaviour. Your teacher will explain to you and your workplace supervisor, the range of duties for which you have the skills and knowledge to carry out.
You must not carry out duties other than those indicated by your teacher.
You need to take particular care if workplace clients are people who may be in vulnerable circumstances - for example, people who are frail, children, young people, people with a disability or people who are receiving a type of service which may put them in vulnerable circumstances (for example, beauty therapy, massage therapy and nursing care).
A Prohibited Employment Declaration must be signed by students in courses where contact will be made with children and young people. Your enrolling officer can give you more information about this policy.
Students who have committed a breach of discipline or who have been assessed as presenting a significant risk to themselves or others during work placement may be prevented from undertaking or continuing further work placement. This may mean that they will not complete the course.
Students who are unsure whether past behaviour would prevent them from fully participating in a course, could discuss the matter with a teacher or a TAFE Western Institute Counsellor.
In some circumstances, students may be required to undertake a criminal records check or a Working with Children Check.