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Learning via Internship

Big Picture Education believes that learning doesn’t just happen in schools.

Being a workplace mentor to a Big Picture student.

In the Big Picture design, our students 'leave to learn' - in other words, they are encouraged to pursue their interests by connecting with adult mentors in the community who share a similar passion. This means they get to learn in depth from an expert in their work environment. They also learn to interact with adults and how to ‘be’ in the adult world. This learning is built in to their school curriculum and their achievements are evidenced in their portfolio and in public exhibitions of their learning.

Learning through Internship (LTI) involves students spending one a day a week (usually a Tuesday) at a workplace in an area of their interest for one school term. This is flexible, an internship can also be carried out as a 'block ' of 5 to 10 days in a term if this is preferred by the employer.

The mentor/student relationship will look different for every student. The involvement of the workplace mentor will depend on a range of factors - including location, the time the mentor has, workplace constraints (eg safety) and the relationship they build.

Insurance: Cooks Hill Campus students are covered by the NSW Department of Education workplace learning Insurance. Certificate of Currency for Public Liability link:

If you are considering being a mentor for a Big Picture student from Cooks Hill Campus. Mentors receive ongoing contact and support from the school during the internship. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us.

Beth Lumb - Internship Coordinator

Ph: (02) 4929 1663


Students can help the mentor and their business by:

• volunteering regularly and completing necessary work and tasks for the mentor/business.

• designing and completing a meaningful project that is used by the business

• demonstrating commitment, initiative, maturity and a genuine interest in the work environment.


Workplace mentors can help the student in various ways, depending on their own time and work commitments by:

• sharing their passion with the student

• supporting students to become familiar with workplace behaviour and expectations

• helping them to develop a project that is of benefit to the workplace

• connecting them with other work roles and experts within the industry or workplace

• being a challenger of ideas and ability - pushing students further than they realised they could go.