Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a valuable opportunity for a VCAL student to integrate on-the-job training with their VET program. Participating in SWL is NOT a compulsory part of the VCAL, however it is highly recommended.
VCAL students may undertake SWL to demonstrate achievement or competence in some or all of the learning outcomes in the VCAL Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills units of their VCAL certificate. Evidence to demonstrate that learning outcome/s have been met through a SWL must be collected and assessed by the VCAL provider.
Some 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 duration of the VCE VET programs. Further information about SWL in a VCE VET program is available on the
Structured Workplace Learning page.
SWL provides the context for:
- enhanced skill development
- practical application of industry knowledge
- assessment of units of competency
- achievement of some learning outcomes for VCAL units
- enhanced employment opportunities.
Structured Workplace Learning Recognition
Structured Workplace Learning Recognition (SWLR) provides the formal framework and processes to enable students to integrate their on-the-job experience and learning in a workplace, with nationally recognised VET undertaken as part of their VCAL.
SWLR involves the development and maintenance of a Workplace Learning Record (WLR) during a structured work placement.
Students who undertake SWLR can be eligible for a general credit towards their VCAL program.
For more information on the requirements of SWLR visit the
SWL Recognition assessment guidelines page.