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Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

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Structured Workplace Learning funding is provided to 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLEN’s) across Victoria to increase access to appropriate SWL placements for students undertaking VET as part of their senior secondary certificates.

The program will open up more opportunities for young people aged 15 – 19 years of age to improve their skills and workplace knowledge through ‘on the job’ experience whether it be via Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) or School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SbAT’S).

Structured Workplace Learning within the South East LLEN geographical area incorporates three LGA’s, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and the Shire of Cardinia.

In 2016 funding will be provided to the LLEN to:

  • facilitate access to appropriate SWL placements for students undertaking VET as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificat of Applied Learning (VCAL) and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATS).
  • facilitate engagement between schools and employers, and support schools to work directly with employers to place students into SWL placements.
  • liaise with employers and maintain information on the online portal to ensure it is current and meaningful
  • identify local needs and industry priorities for appropriate SWL placements
  • source local SWL placements for difficult to place students
  • collaborate with schools and other service providers to provide young people with holistic, integrated support to assist them to engage, and re-engage, in education and training.

Role of the LLEN:

  • Increase the numbers of young people undertaking workplace learning placements in 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;
  • Increase the number of Koorie young people undertaking workplace learning placements.

The Program will contribute to:

Each LLENs will be responsible for the following:

  • establishing benchmark data related to the number of schools, students and employers involved in the SWL program at the local level
  • establishing partnerships with employers, schools, and other stakeholders to identify appropriate SWL placements that will meet the students’ needs
  • working with stakeholders to determine local priorities and employment opportunities
  • supporting schools to source SWL placement options for difficult to place students
  • working with the LLEN Statewide Network to identify appropriate SWL placements and to facilitate students’ access to placements outside their local area
  • facilitating engagement between schools and employers, and supporting schools to work directly with employers to place students into SWL placements
  • collaborating with schools and service providers to provide young people with holistic, integrated support by facilitating access to SWL placements where relevant
  • facilitating innovation and continuous improvement to meet emerging needs
  • sharing knowledge and expertise across the LLEN to facilitate effective delivery of the SWL program in all areas of the state
  • evaluating and reporting on the SWL program in their local area and contributing to a consolidated statewide report
  • subject to the availability of funding, working with the Department of Education and Training to plan the delivery of the SWL program beyond 2017

With respect to the online portal, LLENs will be responsible for:

  • as a one-off responsibility, ensure that there is local placement information pre-loaded on the online portal before it goes live in 2016
  • working with employers to ensure that the SWL opportunity is appropriate before it is posted on the portal
  • supporting employers to enter SWL placements and employer details on the portal or enter the information directly on the portal as required
  • maintaining information on the online portal to ensure it is current and meaningful
  • approving information before it goes live on the portal

Statewide Online Portal

The Statewide Online Portal will be designed with the following main features:

  • employers/LLENs will be able to post appropriate SWL placements
  • employers/LLENs will be able to post information about potential host companies

*note: before any information goes live on the portal, it must be approved by the LLEN

  • students/teachers will be able to search statewide for SWL placements that align with the VET programs being studied
  • teachers will be able to assign an appropriate SWL placement to a particular student
  • electronic links will be provided to portals and regional websites containing place-based information on SWL placements
  • when requested by the teacher, the portal will generate the partially completed legal documents in Word format (as required under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006)
  • the portal will facilitate the generation of reports to meet the requirements of the Department and the Common Funding Agreement with the LLENs

For more information please contact

Lesley Hodge – Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9794 6921 Email: lhodge@sellen.org.au