Handling the work experience kids: there must be a better way

Does your organisation buckle under the strain at work experience placement time? Read on for some simple tactics to streamline the process.
A group of seven happy high school students linking arms and posing for a group photo outside a museum.

Parents, employers and even students may feel their necks stiffen upon hearing the words: ‘work experience placement time.’

The stereotypical ‘work experience week’ is one where reluctant teenagers tag along with a parent or family friend for days of making coffees and running low-level errands at their offices – right?  

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).