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Structured workplace learning (SWL)

The VCAA has determined that structured workplace learning (SWL) is an appropriate and valuable component of all VET qualifications undertaken by VCE or VCAL students. SWL compliments the training undertaken at the school/provider and should be spread across the duration of the training program. It provides context for:

  • enhancement of skills development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competency/modules, as determined by the registered training organisation (RTO)
  • increased employment opportunities.

The school/provider should keep evidence of the student's SWL which may take place over the weekends and during school holidays as well as during the school week.

VCE VET program publications contain information relating to the SWL requirements. In all cases, SWL is strongly recommended. Several VCE VET programs have a mandated SWL component. The SWL requirements are expressed in hours and weeks and are expected to be carried out over the two-year minimum of VCE VET programs. It should be noted that industrial agreements may stipulate the length of a working week in a particular& industry and that this may differ from the VCAA recommendation. The industry requirements are to be adhered to.

The following document outlines the VCAA's recommendations for SWL in VCE VET programs:

The appropriate occupational or workplace health and safety unit of competency/modules in each program must be undertaken prior to SWL, as outlined in Ministerial Order 55.

Further information about SWL, including Ministerial Order 55 and an SWL Manual is available on the Department of Education and Training (DET) website: