Structured Workplace Learning

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.


What is an SBAT?

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SbAT’s) are a fantastic opportunity for students to work as a part time paid trainee or apprentice whilst completing their secondary education at school. SbAT’s are a great way to learn nationally recognised job skills in a chosen career. They provide vast career prospects and provide the opportunity to complete secondary school with two certificates. Students must be at least 15 years of age to be a school based apprentice or trainee.

Available Opportunities

Opportunities are now advertised on the SWL Portal. You can search for either SWL or SbAT placements by


The Department of Education and Training (DET) has invested in the development of an online portal. It has been designed to advertise Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) opportunities, allowing senior secondary students to search for opportunities that match their location and course of study.

The process is simple, find a placement you are interested in, share it with your teacher (press the blue Share with Teacher button on the right hand side of the page).

Your teacher will then liaise with the employer or SELLEN to finalise the placement.

The portal also has the capacity to print all the relevant documentation for SWL placements.


All these questions and many more are questions that float around in the minds of young people before they go out to a workplace. More and more young people are participating in Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) placements with a broader range of employers. A key challenge for those of us in the “school to work transition business” now is getting these young people ready for the world of work. There are many resources available that can assist, but there’s not one classroom resource that does it all.

Local research conducted by the South East LLEN has shown that work experience or work placement is often the first time a student enters a work place so it is important that students are educated about workplace expectations. If this is done correctly the likelihood of their work placement running smoothly will increase giving them a positive experience and understanding of the world of work. On that basis, we decided to put together a classroom resource to provide comprehensive support for young people entering the world of work for the first time.

The South East LLEN’s ‘Work Matters’ Work Readiness DVD is a work readiness resource which was developed as part of a transition plan to provide students with current and accessible information on the world of work. ‘Work Matters’ is a comprehensive single resource that shows young people how to find a work placement, how to dress for success and how to manage employer expectations, workplace issues and accidents and employability skills.

The ‘Work Matters’ Work Readiness DVD follows three students through their work placement experience. We follow them as they encounter a variety of common problems employers and students experience whilst on work placement. It also shows students how to deal appropriately with these situations and illustrates what they can expect whilst on work placement. Education providers have the opportunity to purchase their own copy of the ‘Work Matters’ Work Readiness DVD as a stand alone resource for $95.00 plus G.S.T. This DVD also contains a range of useful work readiness documents and brochures.

If you would like to order the ‘Work Matters’ Work Readiness DVD or simply just want more information please contact the South East LLEN on 9706-8711 or by email to



Students completed paid formal on the job training at the council offices one day a week, and attended on one other day visited by a registered training provider (SKILLINVEST) to complete the study component. They also attended school three days a week to obtain their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) certificate. Students were given the opportunity to work in different departments of the councils throughout the apprenticeship, to work in various office environments.


  • Injection of young people into the council
  • Training students to council expectations
  • Promotion of career pathway opportunities within Local Government
  • Opportunities for council employees to mentor young people


  • Students gain a recognised qualification
  • Students gain a VCAL certificate
  • Students gain real life work experience
  • Students gain an advantage for job opportunities within council


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