Activity Introduction

Aspire-Holly2-photoframeQuick summary: Students will raise questions about how to gain and keep work, then explore how to find quality information that helps to answer their questions. They will create a visual display to share what they have discovered, and also apply their new knowledge about how to gain and keep work to the context of gaining and keeping a volunteer, community service or paid position.

Latrobe Logo 150This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

Essential questions: 

  • How can I gain work?
  • How can I keep work?
  • How can I develop skills to successfully gain and keep work?
  • How do I grow and apply my skills in gaining and keeping work?

21st century skills:

get the work you want skills v2

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Investigate formal and informal recruitment processes (ACWSCL017
  • Identify the importance of rights and responsibilities for employers and workers (ACWSCL019

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Use a range of tools, methods and skills for accessing work relevant to 21st century recruitment and selection processes (ACWSCL037

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students describe formal and informal recruitment processes. They plan and implement strategies to improve their learning and strengthen their individual learning skills.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students outline 21st century approaches to recruitment and selection, and skills required in responding to them. They select learning strategies and career information and sources and evaluate and align their personal capacities.

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 120 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting an online video to the class. Enough web-enabled laptops/tablets for one per student or one between two. Sticky notes (at least three per student), Hints and tips for gaining and keeping work template.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Volunteering, community service, work experience, finding work.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Thomas4-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand what they need to do to gain and keep work. Students will better understand how to find information about gaining and keeping work so that they don’t feel the need to rely on others to assist with information and can instead seek it autonomously. They will understand how to grow and develop work skills and how volunteering and community work can help them to gain these skills.

Teacher content information: This Work Studies unit has been developed in partnership with La Trobe University Aspire Generation. The Aspire Generation connects a community of young people who aspire to make a difference through community service and leadership. They are the givers, the dreamers, the doers and the leaders who passionately pursue opportunities to address the big issues of their time. They think boldly and act responsibly and strive to leave a lasting impact on the world.

Through classroom-based experiences students will lea

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

1. Note down the questions that are guiding your research:

You could use these websites to get you started in your research:

Feel free to find and use other sources of information, too!

2. Use this space to note down what you find out:

The question/s I'm researching:
What I found out:
Where I found it:

3. Use this template to help you publish the final version of your ‘Hints And Tips For Gaining And Keeping Work’.

4. After watching one or more of the clips about LaTrobe University Aspire students, consider the benefits of volunteering and community service i

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