Planning ahead for workplace learning

Planning ahead for workplace learning


Workplace learning, also known as work placement or practicum, is a requirement for many courses offered at CSU.

Placements can vary in length and you may be required to travel further than you usually do to attend classes or to find accommodation in another location.

It can also be a demanding time and one when you may need to reduce the amount of paid work you usually do. Obviously, these things can also impact on your budget and for this reason, it’s important to plan ahead.

Questions to ask when planning ahead:

  • Will I need to buy a uniform or equipment and how much will this cost?
  • Will I need to pay for vaccinations or first aid training?
  • How far will I need to travel and how much will this cost?
  • Will I need to take leave or cut back my hours of paid work?
  • What impact will this have on my budget?
  • How much do I need to save or budget for during this period?
  • Am I entitled to any financial support to help cover these costs?

Help with costs

  • Use the scholarships search tool to find grants and scholarships to help with costs – some of these are quite generous
  • The CSU Professional Placement Equity Grant is available by application to eligible students to help cover costs associated with undertaking placement activities. The current round closes on Monday 4 April 2016
  • You may be eligible for a student loan to help cover expenses
  • Find out if there is any financial assistance available from your School or Faculty
  • If you are living on campus and need to attend placement in another location, you can apply for a rent reduction for the period you are away.

To find out if you’re required to undertake workplace learning activities, check your course overview and subject outlines.

Confused? Got questions? Contact finance.slo@csu.edu.au to chat about your individual circumstances, or visit the Looking After Your Bottom Line blog.

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