Structured Workplace Learning


SWL is an opportunity for you to experience a real or simulated workplace opportunity relevant to your VET program. The benefits of SWL includes: learning new skills, working as part of a team, experiencing the workplace environment and becoming better informed for further career choices.

The Australian Government Structured Workplace Learning Program (SWL) is an initiative that aims to provide workplace opportunities to students to assist them make a successful transition through school, and from school to further education, training, employment and active participation in the community.

Specifically, the SWL programme provides students with structured learning opportunities in a real or simulated workplace. This structured work placement is usually a component of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools course undertaken by senior secondary students. The placement provides on the job training and mentoring that develops the students’ technical and generic employability skills. The skills are assessed, usually following the work placement, by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and the VET qualifications are recognised nationally by industry and education systems.