Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
The VCAA has determined that SWL is an appropriate and valuable component of all VCE VET programs. SWL compliments the training undertaken at the school/RTO 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 competence, as determined by the RTO
- increased employment opportunities.
The school/RTO 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.
The VCAA strongly recommends that students undertake SWL. Several VCE VET programs have a mandated SWL component. Further advice and recommendations for SWL is contained in each of the VCE VET program booklets.
The following document also outlines the VCAA’s recommendations for SWL in VCE VET programs:
The appropriate occupational health and safety unit of competence in each program must be undertaken prior to SWL, as outlined in Ministerial Order 55.
A SWL Manual is available on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) website: