The Structured Workplace Learning Program is a DET initiative designed to increase the opportunities for young people aged 15 – 19 years of age to improve their skills and workplace knowledge through ‘on the job’ experience via Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) and School Based Apprenticeships/ Traineeships (SBATs). Gateway LLEN will be delivering the Structured Workplace Learning Program within the Gateway LLEN geographical area which incorporates the Local Government Areas of Manningham, Monash & Whitehorse.
The objectives of the Structured Workplace Learning SWL Program are to:
- Increase the numbers of young people undertaking SWL and SBAT work placement in relevant places of employment, with emphasis on industries that provide strong vocational outcomes
- Increase the alignment between vocational education and training (VET) provision and local industry needs
The Program will contribute to:
- Improving opportunities for all young people to undertake workplace learning placements
- Improving the quality of VCAL and VETiS programs through increased opportunities for young people to undertake SWL and be assessed in work-based contexts
- Developing a ‘bank’ of ongoing workplace learning placements
- Improving the match between VET provision and effective student learning pathways
- Promoting workplace learning to industry by improving industry understanding of the benefits to them
Structured workplace learning is on the job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies, related to a course accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
These courses are Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs undertaken by Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students. The VCAA has determined that structured workplace learning is an appropriate and valuable component of all VET undertaken by VCE and VCAL students. Structured workplace learning complements the training undertaken at school or at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and should be spread across the duration of the training program.
It provides the context for:
- enhanced skill development
- practical application of industry knowledge
- assessment of units of competence/modules, as determined by the RTO
- increased employment opportunities
Principles of quality structured workplace learning
Quality structured workplace learning is integrated into a program that operates within:
- a framework which provides the opportunity for all students to access it (though not all students may choose to do so)
- the context of vocational courses which are recognized by industry, are responsive to industry needs, and form part of a student’s exit credentials
Quality workplace learning is structured, in that it:
- has a clearly articulated and documented purpose
- has clearly identified and documented learning outcomes for students within accredited programs which are linked to post-school qualifications
- is of sufficient duration and depth to enable students to acquire a reasonable understanding of the enterprise/industry to be able to demonstrate competence according to industry standards of at least Level l of the AQF
- matches students’ skills and interests with the structured training
- thoroughly prepares students, teachers and employers beforehand so that expectations and outcomes of the structured workplace learning are clearly understood by all parties.
Quality structured workplace learning is monitored, in that:
- the learning is coordinated by personnel with appropriate expertise and adequate resources
- support is available to students and employers throughout the course of the structured workplace learning