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What is Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)?
SWL is on-the-job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to their 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. Students interested in an SWL placement should seek guidance from their schools. Prior to the commencement of SWL the employer, student and parent must sign the SWL Arrangement Form.
See: SWL Arrangement Form
The appropriate occupational or workplace health and safety unit of competency in each VET program must be completed at school before the student goes on a work placement.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) VCE VET program publications contain information relating to SWL. The SWL requirements are expressed in hours and weeks and are expected to be carried out over the two-year minimum of VCE VET programs.
The Department of Education and Training has also published a Structured Workplace Learning Manual for Victorian secondary schools.