Victoria’s 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks are funded to coordinate Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) opportunities for school students undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs including SBATs, as part of their VCE or VCAL.
SWL is on-the-job training that allows school students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations.
Work placements are incredibly valuable when it comes to seeking future employment. Students who undertake an SWL placement benefit in the following ways:
- They gain industry experience in a workplace setting
- They learn important skills related to their study
- The placement provides on-the-job training to support VET programs
- They can establish connections with employers
The SWL Portal
If you’re a STUDENT, TEACHER or PARENT, a great place to start looking for information on SWLs is the SWL Portal. You can search for placements relevant to industries or VET courses. Click this link and search for your nearest Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) for opportunities in your area.
One handy feature of the web portal is the ability for students to share currently available positions with their teachers, via the “Share With Your Teacher” button. This provides the possibility for students and teachers to review placement options together.
For EMPLOYERS, becoming a host employer for SWL is a great opportunity for you to:
- participate in the education, career development and training of young people in your community
- talk to students about your industry, its career paths and future directions
- promote the attitudes and skills you want in your workforce and identify young people with potential for your industry
- strengthen your links with the community and raise your business profile
- increase the supervisory, training and mentoring skills of your staff.
And it’s easy to arrange a placement. Simply visit the list of LLENs on the SWL Portal by clicking here, find the LLEN that covers your region and contact them about your proposed placement. They’ll do the rest!