How we work with schools
Boundless currently works with a selection of government secondary schools across Victoria. The school based criteria used by Boundless include geographical location, school ICSEA* and historical data on school completion and Year 12 students going on to university.
If you think Boundless could assist your school in organising work experience for students please contact us.
*The Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is available at the MySchool website.
Outer suburban schools
Teacher partners at outer suburban schools can work with Boundless to:
- tell students and teachers about our program and deadlines
- identify students who meet our criteria, in collaboration with classroom teachers, careers staff and Boundless
- gauge and foster a deep understanding of students’ interests, skills and potential pathways to help us match students with the best work experience opportunity
- communicate with students about their placements, the completion of paperwork and facilitating a skills workshop
- checking in with students during their placements and facilitating student feedback.
Rural and regional schools
We find work experience opportunities in Melbourne, mostly in and around the CBD.
We know there are also opportunities locally, and that work experience in Melbourne isn’t necessary for everyone. But for certain kinds of work experience, or for students who are considering study at a Melbourne-based university, a week in Melbourne is an extremely valuable opportunity.
A group trip to Melbourne is also a powerful way to reinforce the benefits of work experience.
This year we arranged work experience placements for a group of fifteen students from Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton. The students stayed in shared accommodation in Melbourne for the week, which meant they could de-brief with each other and their teacher each evening about what they’d learnt -- about their workplaces and about themselves. These students have shared their opportunity with the Shepparton community through discussing their experience with peers, sharing professional networks and using skills acquired on work experience in and outside of class.
The first role for your school is to determine whether a trip to Melbourne is viable, and the types of support you would need from Boundless.
Please contact Boundless for further resources on how to arrange and discuss a work experience camp with your school leadership.