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How SWL works

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) experiences help students relate theory to a real world work environment while developing their skills.

SWL is a valuable component of all VET qualifications, and where possible should be spread across the duration of the VET 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
  • increased employment opportunities.

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 duration of VCE VET programs.

It should be noted that industrial agreements may stipulate the length of a working week in a particular industry and this may differ from the VCAA recommendation. The industry requirements are to be adhered to.

For the VCAA's recommendations for SWL in VCE VET programs, see SWL summary for VCE VET programs in 2020 (published January 2020).

Workplace health and safety

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

For more information on SWL, including Ministerial Order 55 visit the Department of Education and Training website.