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Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

On-the-job training to develop work skills

SWL or Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) 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.

Minimum student age is 15 years. SWL is delivered as part of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program, VCE Industry and Enterprise, or VCAL units.

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Vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students

Undertaken as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) studies, 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.

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.

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.