School to Work

Structured Workplace Learning


In addition to liaising between businesses and schools, SELLEN also develops and provides a range of resources for schools, students and industry to assist in getting the most out of each student placement.


In order for schools and their students to get the maximum out of the portal, SELLEN staff offer free training to teaching and careers staff in schools. If you are interested in undertaking this training so that you can have access to the portal, please contact SELLEN.


What is School to Work (S2W)?

The Department of Education’s School to Work program, introduced in April 2023, helps Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) and schools arrange work-based learning for students.

This new department program features a School to Work portal for school staff and students to use to search for work-based learning opportunities.

What is Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)?

Structured Workplace Learning is a more formalised version of Work Experience.

Structured workplace learning provides students with the opportunity to integrate on-the-job experience with secondary study. It is delivered as part of either the VCE, VCE Industry and Enterprise or Vocational Major (VM) units. It provides:

  • enhanced skill development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competency
  • achievement of some learning outcomes for VCE studies or VM units
  • enhanced employment opportunities.

What is the S2W Portal?

SELLEN administers the S2W Portal in the region, under contract with the Department of Education and Training.  The portal is a search engine that hosts thousands of available SWL placements across Victoria. Students can browse these opportunities and express interest in them, via their school.

Business and Industry

SELLEN works with hundreds of local employers to organise placement opportunities for local students. If you are interested in hosting students at your place of employment, please contact SELLEN directly.


Portal Presentation

A resource for teachers to demonstrate to students, how to use the SWL Portal


S2W Manual for Schools

A guide for schools and teachers, developed by the Department of Education


SWL Employer Guide

A guide for Host Employers, developed by the Department of Education

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