I have recently signed up to study my cert 4 in community services work. I need to find my own placement and I was wondering what sort of organisations people would ask? I know some of the bigger ones might be reluctant to have a student there, so any ideas?
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18-02-2015 12:38 #1
Where to apply for a community services placement?
18-02-2015 13:12 #2
Your local community/neighbourhood centre would be a great place to ask.
Look around for any not for profit organisations in your area. Shelters, youth services etc.
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18-02-2015 13:14 #3
I would look at NGO's. So local family services that may include counselling, foster care, programs that work with at risk youth. Your community health centre may be another good one. They may run a DV program, D&A counselling, community development programs for indigenous people.
18-02-2015 13:35 #4
Thanks ladies they are some places I didn't think of
Do you think emailing them is a bad idea? I just feel like I will be able to give them more information about me and the course in a email rather then a phone call
18-02-2015 14:01 #5
I would call and ask for a time to chat to someone about doing a placement.
18-02-2015 15:02 #6
I would call.
you have a much higher chance of getting a placement if you call in my experience.
Getting an email its much easier to just say no
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18-02-2015 15:14 #7
I work in community services. What area are you in?
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18-02-2015 15:28 #8
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18-02-2015 19:28 #9
Definitely make contact directly by phone or by calling in.
Some services won't take a cert IV student because their minimum quals may be Dip or higher. Just be prepared for that.
Students can be a lot of work (if placement is done properly) but most services I know are only too happy to have students - providing the timing suits the org.
We believe that if we want a strong, experienced, committed workforce to choose staff from then we have a responsibility to contribute to that.
Definitely try NGOs including big charities like salvos or vinnies.
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18-02-2015 22:49 #10
be a stepping stone into your preferred area. Call first and when you email attach your resume, your volunteers WWC (free) and a police clearance ($80?). You will be competing to get a good placement so you want to look professional and organised straight off the bat. Also, if you have limited ideas, look at seek.com.au, www.ethicaljobscom.au (I think) and www.ncoss.org.au to get a feel of what organisations exist.
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