Student work placement
Courses which mandate work placement present significant progression and completion challenges for some students, due to limited availability of places and access to provider support.
ASQA is focusing on provider behaviours that maximise student enrolment numbers without considering placement availability and their capacity to support students. Instances of providers falsifying student work placement records will not be tolerated. Our broad range of regulatory actions, including audits and compliance activities will include where indicated, provider responsibilities in relation to student support, securing and participating in work placements and work-based assessments.
Scan key points
- Students are at risk of non-completion or delayed progress if they have trouble finding work placement. Additionally, some students who handle their own placement report receiving limited support from their provider.
- Some students report their provider does not make clear during enrolment that they are required to secure their own work placement.
- Intelligence has identified that some providers are falsifying work placement records.
- Providers who focus on maximising student enrolment numbers may not be considering either placement availability or their capacity to support students in finding placement.