Nowadays, most schools include opportunities for students to undertake a vocational education and training (VET) program as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This includes School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. VET programs are designed by industry and provide a clear line of sight to the knowledge and skills required in the workplace.
A key component of VET programs is structured workplace learning (SWL), on-the-job training during which a school student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to their VET program. Host employers supervise and instruct the students as they practise and extend the industry skills they have learned in their VET programs.
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.
Interested in becoming a host employer for SWL?
Contact your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) to find out how to become a host employer for SWL.
Following an independent review, the Workplace Learning Coordinators program has been reformed in 2016 to better meet the needs of secondary school students seeking SWL. Victoria’s 31 LLENs, which link education and training organisations, industry and community groups in local areas, have received additional funding to coordinate SWL for school students across the state. The role of the LLENs is to work with employers and industry groups and schools to identify appropriate SWL placements that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities.
This SWL Statewide Portal supports the role of the LLENs to engage with business to better prepare students for successful post-school transitions and helps schools to access SWL opportunities for their students.
See: More information on SWL. Scroll down to Structured Workplace Learning Resources and download Structured Workplace Learning Guidelines for Employers and Structured Workplace Learning Manual for Victorian secondary schools
If you are interested in offering a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) See: More information on SBATs