Frequently Asked Questions about the Pilot Program

How many hours a week do I need to attend classes?

The course requires students to attend classes 1 day a week for the 7 months of the course. The classes will be on Wednesday from 9am to 3.30pm (through online zoom sessions and we will be ready to return to face-to-face lessons at Sunshine campus once government restrictions ease further).

Contained in the 7 months course will be 150 hours of clinical placement which TAFE will arrange for you through an accredited aged care provider.

You may also need to allow additional time to complete assignments and set tasks.

You can find out more about the study periods for Semester 2, 2020 at

Do I need to be able to speak and write in English?

All courses and assessments are conducted in English. VU Poly – Learning Hub offers support for students from ESL backgrounds with literacy skills support, academic support and online advice from experienced tutors to help you succeed with your studies.

Will I need to write essays?

The assessment will include a range of methods to help cater for different learning needs. This may include examinations, teamwork and class participation, written assignments and presentations.

Can I enrol with a friend?

Of course! Having a friend for support and encouragement while you study will help you both succeed. If you don’t yet have a friend to study with – don’t worry, because our peer support model will create a community of like-minded women who are just like you - getting out there and studying again for the first time in a while.

I haven't studied since Year 10, is this course going to be too hard?

The course is aimed at students with at least year 10 studies, so the content will be presented in a way that is easy to understand and learn.

We understand that going back to study can be hard, which is why we build our model based on peer support – working with others who have been where you are and can help you succeed in your studies.

Is childcare available?

You may be eligible for subsidised childcare while you study, and there are many local childcare options available.

Check with Centrelink ( or contact to Footscray Nicholson Children’s Centre on (03) 9919 8698 or Werribee Children’s Centre on (03) 9919 8098.

Can I choose the days/shifts of placement?

Generally, placements shifts are undertaken full time, over a number of weeks.

The shifts are allocated based on the staffing needs of the organisation, and the availability of supervisors.

If you have questions about your placement hours, or a specific request your placement coordinator may be able to assist.

Will I need to work nightshifts on placement?

Generally, students do not work nightshifts on placement, due to the availability of supervisors.

What if I have more questions?

You can call us on (03) 9114 7826 or email us at

Am I eligible?

The Placement Circle, together with our TAFE partners are looking for women who meet the following criteria:

TAFE criteria

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attained. For example, if you have a Certificate III, you can't do a subsidised Certificate II course.
  • Unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.

TPC criteria (any or all of the following)

  • Female
  • Must be in receipt of a DHS supported income
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Aged 25-65 (flexible)
  • Disconnected from the workforce
  • Ready and willing to study and find employment
  • Sign up as a member of WomenCan (free)

Where will the Clinical Placement be held?

The clinical placement will be held at accredited aged care providers selected by TAFE and will be near your suburb.

If I enrol in the course and for some reason I need to discontinue the same, can I have a refund of the amenities fee/student services fee?

It depends on TAFE. TAFE can always extend your place and put you in another group if you need to re-commence after a period of absence (there is no additional fee for this).

Do I need to be unemployed to register for the program?

No. You need to be able to attend the online sessions and practical training being held on Wednesdays as well as the clinical placements (Dates to be confirmed). If you have work commitments outside of these hours, it is not a problem.

You can also register for the program if you are not working.

Can I apply if I am not an Australian Citizen?

Yes. You can apply if you are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or on a Permanent Residency visa.

Why would I go with ‘The Placement Circle’ instead of another organisation which offers similar courses? What makes ‘The Placement Circle’ special?

At The Placement Circle we are dedicated to linking communities of peer supported women to vocational training and then on to employment. We are the only charity that blends these four elements as we help you become employment ready and capable.

We do not include men in the program – this is a program dedicated for women only.

Having the support of your peers, women just like you who are finding their way back into paid employment, means you belong. Together, we will help you rebuild your confidence and make new friends. We create a sense of connection and belonging.

At The Placement Circle we will also help you throughout your course and after you finish it. We will help you find your way onto employment by supporting you with your CV, interview preparation, mentors, networking opportunities and introducing you to other supporting agencies.

How much will the course cost?

The course itself is free. The only payment that needs to be made is for the materials and the student services fee: $228

COVID-19 screening

Students need to have a Flu vaccination for 2020 but other immunisations are not required.

Students should keep a copy of their Student ID, Police check, Working with Children’s check, and Flu vaccination information with them when attending placement.

Supported by WomenCAN Australasia Ltd (ABN: 63 636 406 972) trading as The Placement Circle.

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