Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) recognition 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 either the VCE or the VCAL.
SWL recognition is available for students who undertake SWL in an industry aligned to the VCE VET program they are enrolled in. SWL recognition is also available for students undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT).
In order to receive VCE or VCAL credit students need to maintain and complete their Workplace Learning Record (WLR).
WLRs are available for download on the relevant
VCE VET programs page.
The SBAT WLRs are available for download on the Apprenticeships and Traineeships page.
The SWL assessment record, to be filled out and signed by the assessor or teacher, can be found on the SWL recognition assessment guidelines page.
How it works
The SWL recognition program is made up of three stages:
The activities in this section provide knowledge and preparation for the work placement:
- completion of the learner profile in the WLR
- understanding industry and career opportunities
- understanding generic workplace/employability skills
- understanding how to record evidence in the WLR and what is considered appropriate evidence
- a focus on communication and interpersonal skills
- expected roles, responsibilities, attitudes and behaviours in the workplace
- benefits of work placement relating to experience, observations and contact with employers
- workplace health and safety induction and training, including hazard identification, accident prevention and emergency procedures.
- Students undertake the actual work placement. A minimum of 80 hours of work placement is required for a student to be eligible for SWL recognition credit
- During the work placement the student is responsible for maintaining the WLR.
School activities and learning
- Information extracted from units of competency (UoCs) that students may be exposed to in their workplace
- Examples of learning/skills/knowledge that relate to specific UoCs
- Observations of activities/experiences at the workplace that relate to specific UoCs.
Students record observations and tasks that relate to at least six UoCs.
- At the conclusion of the work placement, students will reflect on the WLR with a staff member from their school
- Students will also reflect on the eight employability skills
- Students are required to analyse their own learning and practice of the employability skills, and what changes or action they would make to improve their employability skills.
SWL recognition benefits
- Students experience a high-quality placement with employers who understand their VCE VET program
- Students are better prepared for employment, with a greater understanding of their personal strengths and career opportunities
- Students achieve VCE or VCAL credit by learning in the workplace.
School-based apprenticeships or traineeships
Students are able to receive credit for workplace learning recognition while undertaking a SBAT. It works in the same way as SWL recognition with three stages required to achieve credit into the VCE or VCAL.
In order for a student to be eligible for credit they should:
- be enrolled in a minimum of 180 hours in the VCE VET program or SBAT for the year
- undertake a minimum of 10 days full-time equivalent of structured work placement
- complete the WLR according to the VCAA assessment guidelines
- report on at least six UoCs in Section 2 of the WLR
- one UoC must be a work, health and safety unit.
SWL recognition provides credit at VCE units 1 and 2 level only and for all three levels of VCAL as general credits.
Credit is limited to one unit per year with a maximum of three units in any single VCE VET program, with four units of credit being available for all types of VET training.
Credit for SBATs is limited to two units per year.
When the staff member has assessed a student’s WLR, the staff member will complete and sign the SWL recognition assessment record and provide it to the school VASS administrator for result entry.
A student will receive a Satisfactory (S) or a Not Satisfactory result (N) for units undertaken in SWL recognition.
To find out how recognition is assessed, see the
SWL Recognition assessment guidelines.