Work Experience

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Work experience is an opportunity to explore and confirm the job seekers’ strengths, interests and emerging abilities. Work Experience enhances our ability to correctly identify vocational themes and pathways for the clients. It enables the client to learn about the different aspects of a workplace, job tasks, environment and culture of a workplace. This supports an increased capacity to identify the ideal employment or ecological setting.

In this course, participants will learn about the benefits of work experience and its role in building client capacity and skills. Participants will also learn how to use work experience to build employer confidence. This minimises the need to invest heavily in employer awareness. Work experience is a natural precursor to employment offers and career pathway development.

Work experience provides an opportunity to taste various occupations prior to placement. This can confirm that client interests are aligned with employment dreams and pathways. We are disabled and enabled by our environments, so the best place to determine a client’s capacity is in a work setting. We use the evidence-based practice of Discovery to highlight a client’s interests. This provides clues to a person’s ideal conditions of employment, leading to better work experience opportunities.

Discovery is a foundational tool used in various employment methods to understand in-depth who the client is and the natural supports that exist in their setting. It is a natural complement to developing work experience.

This course builds foundation skills that support competent job development practice with reference to the CDERP College Job Development framework.

This course is equal to 2 CPD Credits.

For more information on Job Development, follow this link to the CDERP College Job Development course:

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For information on Customised Employment training, follow this link:

For information on Individual Place and Train methodology, follow this link:

Recommended reading for anyone looking for more support, go to the CDERP store and purchase a copy of The Way to Work 2nd ed by Richard Luecking. Follow this link: Alternatively for more details, visit the publisher at: