Working In Industry 1


VET Diploma Level Subject

In this subject students will learn the key ethical and legal responsibilities youth workers have to the young people they work with and their colleagues. This includes the Youth Work Code of Ethics, Work Health and Safety, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting and Duty of Care. Students will develop skills in setting professional boundaries, being inclusive and providing accessibility of service, recognising and promoting acceptable behaviour and self-reflective practice.

This subject directly helps you prepare for working in the youth work industry, and specifically, supports you as you plan your placement. Included in this is approaching Agencies you are interested in, preparing key documentation, creating a Work Placement Learning Plan and supported peer-supervision sessions.

Students who are enrolled in Working in Industry 1 are working towards securing a work placement by the start of the second phase of the Diploma program.

Learning Elements

Subjects are composed of Units of Competency from the government endorsed Diploma of Youth Work Training Package. This subject has three units of competency: CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice, HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety and CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance.

The unit of competency CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Reflect on own practice
  • Ensure continuing self-support and supervision
  • Operate within an agreed code of ethics or practice

The unit of competency HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

The unit of competency CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance contains five elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Content Areas

  • Safe work practices
  • Youth worker code of ethics & professional practice
  • Confidentiality & privacy
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Access and equity
  • Culturally different points of view
  • Youth legal & ethical dilemmas: drug offenses
  • Developing a work plan
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Sexual behavior
  • Intimidation in the youth centre

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 114 hours per term of study including course work, teacher contact, preparation for placement and research and related study activities.

This subject is undertaken over a 12-week term. In addition to the 4 hours of teacher-led class time each week, students are expected to spend an average of 5.5 hours of study per week on this subject over the course of the term. In addition students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities and preparation for placement related to the subject.