What is a Structured Workplace Learning?


Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a valuable opportunity for a VCAL student to integrate on-the-job training with their VET program.

Some VCE VET programs have a mandated SWL component. Sourcing these placements will be supported by the North Central LLEN. Further information about SWL in a VCE VET program is available in the individual subject pages.

SWL provides the context for:

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

SWL Placement provides an opportunity to further develop ‘Soft Skills’.

These are skills such as initiative, creativity, adaptability, time management and communication. Soft Skills are not necessarily ‘taught’ but are learnt through observation and practice.

By completing a work placement, students have the opportunity to indirectly develop these highly sought after employability skills.

Students will be supported in sourcing structured work placement opportunities by both their home school and the North Central LLEN.

SWL Recognition may provide extra credit if additional work is successfully completed.

For more information visit https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/curriculum/vet/swl-vet/Pages/SWLrecognition.aspx


SWL Portal

The SWL portal supports both Students and Employers explore placement possibilities.

​The Program Manager at the NCLLEN offers direct support to schools, students and employers in navigating the system and in preparing, applying and accessing SWL opportunities.

Contact Mary-Ann Sait on 0400 696 156 or email m.sait@ncllen.org.au for more information regarding the program and how you can get involved.


Right: Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Explainer Video
Produced by the Capital City LLEN