CISVic Student Placement Program

CISVic Evaluation Report - Executive Summary

CISVic Evaluation Report - Full Report


CISVic’s Ending the Stopgap Report (2011) identified casework as having positive impacts on client outcomes, service delivery and linkages and building agency capacity to respond to complex needs clients in the emergency relief sector.  Although funding was renewed for existing casework positions across CISVic agencies, there was recognition that further support is required to ensure that complex needs clients are being met.  In many agencies, caseworker capacity has reached its maximum threshold, especially with reduced funding to casework positions.

CISVic, in consultation with caseworkers and member agencies, determined that an effective way to fill this service gap is to provide casework in emergency relief service delivery through a student placement program.  Priority will be placed on agencies with capacity to take on student placements, and which currently has a caseworker in place.  However, CISVic will also provide support to agencies that do not have a caseworker in place, but has identified a strong need for a casework model in their ER service.  This is a long-term approach to a long-term problem. 

CISVic Student Unit Model

The CISVic SPP supports all parties to the placement program – agencies, supervisors and students. 
CISVic Student Unit Model - provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of students, agencies and educators.
Placement Flowchart - flowchart of the various stages of student placement.
Resources for Supervisors - information and resources available for supervisors.

CISVic Approach to Student Placements

CISVic recognises that community based agencies are fertile places of learning, and where students can add great value to service capacity and delivery.  Most importantly, a positive student experience in CISVic agencies brings incalculable gains to the sector over the short and long term. It fosters innovation and knowledge transfer, diversifies the range of services within agencies, and creates a two-way learning process that enriches student, staff and agency capabilities.  Work-based learning such as student placements provide a broad range of experiences for gaining knowledge, understandings and capabilities that cannot be gained from formal classrooms or learning institutional environments.  Similarly, students offer workplaces a fresh perspective, enthusiasm and dynamism. 

CISVic’s student placement program aims to bring value to students, supervisors, agencies and their staff.  To this end, our student placement program focuses on the provision of placement information, student and supervisors’ support and opportunities for workplace-based experience and learnings.