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 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 or  VCAL, VCE Industry and Enterprise or VCAL 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 VCAL units
  • enhanced employment opportunities.

SWL Portal

SELLEN administers the SWL 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 VCAL teachers to demonstrate to students, how to use the SWL Portal


SWL Manual for schools

DET developed manual for schools offering SWL


SWL Employer Guide

A DET developed guide for employers hosting SWL students


Additional SWL form - Covid

Links to additional SWL Form during COVID period placements

SWL Business Supports

Links to online resources to assist businesses in managing in a COVID environment

Download Employer Postcards

Click on the images below to download an official SELLEN industry themed postcard to send to your employer.


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