School To Work (STW)
On-the-job training to develop work skills
Structured Workplace Learning is the on-the-job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to their Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.
Many VET programs include opportunities for students to participate in SWL. Host employers supervise and instruct the students as they practise and extend the industry skills they have learned in their VET programs.
SWL is delivered as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the VCE Vocational Major, or the Victorian Pathways Certificate. Minimum student age for SWL Placement is 15 years.
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Vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students
Undertaken as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCE Vocational Major or Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) program, VET programs helps students in developing the practical skills and attitudes for working in a “real life setting”. VET programs in the curriculum expands opportunities and pathways for senior secondary school students, and helps them to:
VET programs for secondary school students are typically at the Certificate II and Certificate III levels. Students can add a VET course or certificate to their studies while they are in year 11 or 12. They may even start VET in year 10. VET programs are delivered directly by the school if the school is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Alternatively, VET programs are provided through partnership arrangements between the school and an RTO. TAFE Institutes are public RTOs, and there are commercial, private RTOs in the marketplace.
VET courses offer the following benefits:
- Provide a nationally recognised certification in a particular industry or offer credits towards one
- Contribute to the completion of VCE, VCE Vocational Major, or VPC
- Provide the opportunity to study through a paid school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT)
Students may also combine study for their VCE or VCAL with employment as an apprentice or trainee, by participating in an SBAT. An SBAT offers students the option of combining part-time employment, school and training. The program runs under a contract with an employer, has a registered training plan, and leads to a nationally recognised qualification.