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Supporting schools and students in Western NSW Region

Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated
trading as
Western Student Connections

Head Office - Dubbo
Karen, Kim, Kylie, Ana
Margaret, Hollie, Emily R, Richard

Suite 2
46 Bultje Street
Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: 02 6885 6144
Fax: 02 6885 6199

Broken Hill Office
Helen, Alex

1a Wentworth Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone (Helen): 08 8082 5725
Fax: 08 8082 5740

Bathurst Office
Kris, Sarah

120 Bentinck Street
Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone (Office): 02 6332 3656

Coomealla Office

Coomealla High School
Phone: 03 5027 4506
Mobile: 0417 319 198

Post Office Box: PO Box 1033 Dubbo NSW 2830

ABN: 2618 9442 391

Please see our contacts page for further contact information

2018 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 29 May 2018
Sporties - Dubbo Railway Bowling Club
11:30am followed by lunch
Application Form for a Director position
Application Form (docx)
Application Form (pdf)

Excellence in Vocational Education Awards 2018
NOW OPEN for nominations

Visit our Awards Page

Work Placement - NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission, Association of Independent Schools (WPSP)

As the sole Work Placement Service Provider (WPSP) for Western NSW, Western Student Connections provides work placement coordination services for all schools and TAFE campuses in Work Placement Service Provider Regions J and K - see Region J map, see Region K map.
We commenced business in October 2002 as Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated and now trade as Western Student Connections.
In our role of Western NSW WPSP, we coordinate mandatory work placements for school students enrolled in NSW Higher School Certificate VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses at school and/or TAFE - See a list of our schools and TAFE Campuses.
Western Student Connections Work Placement Coordinators work closely with NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission and Independent schools, TAFE NSW Western and New England Institutes Campuses, and local employers, to ensure a quality work placement for each student, that meets NSW Board of Studies requirements.
Our Work Placement page has further information.

Indigenous Employment Program for School Based Apprentices and Trainees - Australian Government Jobs, Land and Economy (IEPSBATS)

Western Student Connections, in a consortium with Access Group Training, is a provider in the Western NSW region for the coordination of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Aboriginal school students.
The IEPSBATS program provides a pathway opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, through the facilitation of School Based Traineeships, and providing Structured Mentoring while the students are at school, and following their completion of Year 12 and transition from school to employment or further education.
See our IEPSBATS page for further information


Western Student Connections is a Links to Learning provider for the Castlereagh, North West and Far West Links to Learning projects.
The Links to Learning Program is funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education.

Western Student Connections provides individualised workshops, resources and sessions for students in the Links to Learning projects.
See our Links to Learning web page for further information

NSW Education Standards Authority

Western Student Connections is endorsed to provide Quality Teaching Council (QTC) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.
See our Training page for more information about this course and other training opportunities.

Business Documents & Links

Business Plan - 2015 - 2017
2015 Organisation Chart

Workshops and Training Opportunities


Visit our Training Page for workshop information and Application Forms

Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning
Completing Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.3.2, 2.3.2, 3.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2, 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Western Student Connections is an Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

VET and TVET teachers, VET and TVET Coordinators, Careers Advisers, Work Placement Coordinators, Job Coaches

Workplace Learning Policy, Board of Studies, NSW DET, CEC, AIS and WPSP requirements, Employability Skills, Work Readiness presentation for students, Employer expectations, Pre- and post-placement activities
One-day workshop 8:45am - 3:45pm See Training Page for dates.
$253.00 incl. GST
Enquiries: Western Student Connections Ph:02 6885 6144

What's On

January 2018
26 January - Australia Day
30 January - Start of Term 1, Eastern Division

February 2018
6 February - Start of Term 1, Western Division
8 February - Dubbo AECG meeting at Buninyong Public School and Dubbo School of Distance Education
12 February - Links to Learning may start for eastern division schools
19 Februiary - Links to Learning may start for western division schools

March 2018
1 March - Dubbo AECG meeting at Dubbo Public School and Bangamalanha Centre
15 March - Work Readiness Workshop - Dubbo
19 March - Work Readiness Workshop - Parkes
21 March - Work readiness Conference - Bathurst
26 March - WPSP Conference - Sydney
30 March - Good Friday
31 March - Easter Saturday

April 2018
1 April - Easter Sunday
2 April - Easter Monday
13 April - Last Day of Term 1
25 April - ANZAC Day
30 April - Day 1 Term 2

May 2018
3 May - Dubbo AECG meeting
4 May - Robotics at Wyangala Dam Public School
9 May - Hospitality workshop in Orange
10 May - Hospitality Workshop in Dubbo
11 May - NSW Business Awards Regional Award Dinner
14 May - Robotics at Wongarbon Public School
15 May - Robotics at Wongarbon Public School
15 May - Links to Learning at Mian School
17 May - Links to Learning at Mian School
21 May - Robotics at Stuart Town Public School
23 May - Robotics workshop at Mian School
29 May - WSC AGM Sporties Dubbo Railway Bowling Club

June 2018
2 - 4 June - Worldskills in Sydney
11 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
14 June - Skills Conference Darling Harbour
28 June - Nyngan Jobs Expo, Nyngan Town Hall

July 2018
6 July - Last Day of Term 2
23 July - Day 1 Term 3

August 2018

September 2018
28 September - Last Day of Term 3

October 2018
15 October - Day 1 Term 4

November 2018

December 2018
19 December - Last Day Term 4

DISCLAIMER: The content of the Western Student Connections’ web site is provided for information purposes only.
No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. Western Student Connections does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this web site or incorporated into it by reference.
The information on the Western Student Connections’ website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.
No liability is accepted for any information or services which may appear in any other format. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked websites.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The coordination of work placements is funded by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education under the Work Placement Service Provider Program
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