Work and Study Program in Australia
03 Février 2012
What is the Work & Study program?
The Work & Study program provides a range of services to assist overseas students with finding paid work in Sydney. In addition to assisting you with finding a job, the Work & Study program is intended to familiarise applicants with the Australian work environment.
The Work & Study program is available with any English program to Student Visa and Working Holiday Visa holders. Students will attend daily Intensive Englishclasses at Access Language Centre, Sydney (General English, Academic English, Business English, IELTS and Cambridge preparation) and follow a regular timetable from Monday to Friday (8:30 am – 12:50 pm or 8:30 am – 2:30 pm). Students may start their English course any Monday during the year, and the length of a program varies between 8 and 52 weeks.
Work & Study Job Placement Service
The Work & Study program includes assistance with building a resume, the establishment of a tax file number, work permission (for Australia Student Visa Holders), job formalities, and other information related to working in Australia. We help students get through all the bureaucracy and paperwork to start working.
Students are guaranteed up to three job interviews in industries such as hospitality, cleaning, customer service, retail, trade, services, ironing etc. Job interviews will be held in the first 8 weeks of arrival or when a pre-intermediate level of English is attained. The average pay is AU$ 12-18 per hour.
Who can apply for this program?
Students 18 years old and over who possess at least a pre-intermediate English level. Applicants are required to take a pre-enrolment entry test; this will help us ascertain that they are the right level for the program. If insufficient, the students will be required to study a certain number weeks of Intensive General English beforestarting the Work & Study program. Full applications must be received at least two months in advance and the students need to register for a minimum of 8 weeks for an English language course at Access Language Centre, Sydney. Other essential requirements include good health as well as a cheerful and willing attitude. Upon arrival, two checkable references will also be required from the applicants.
Types of visa
- Working Holiday Visa: Students on a Working Holiday Visa are only allowed to study for a maximum of 16 weeks and there are no restrictions to the number ofworking hours allowed. Working Holiday Visa holders will have to organise their own medical insurance.
- Student Visa: Student Visa holders can study and undertake the Work & Study program for a maximum of 52 weeks, and they are limited to working 20 hours per week. Student Visa holders have to register with OSHC, the compulsory Australian student medical insurance. It is important that Student Visa applicants understand that the primary purpose of the Student Visa is to study, not to work. Therefore, the work they undertake cannot interfere with or take priority over their study.
Job Essentials Training
Improve your chances of finding hospitality work with some short course industry qualifications. Most employers will ask for them.
- Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Certification: This course is approved by the Liquor Administration Board (LAB) and designed to prepare employees to meet Australian requirements for the service of alcohol. This is a mandatory qualification for work in licensed premises.
- Function Service Skills (FSS) Certificate Preparation Course: Function Service Skills course is a skills workshop for people who have no or limited practical workexperience in food & beverage service and need to address identified skills gaps.
- Barista Training: This course offers professional training in espresso coffee making and the fundamentals of business management. A Certificate of Achievement isissued to all successful candidates.