Structured Workplace Learning

Structured workplace learning is on the job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies, related to a course accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Information for Parents and Students

These courses are Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs undertaken by Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students.The VCAA has determined that structured workplace learning is an appropriate and valuable component of all VET undertaken by VCE and VCAL students. Structured workplace learning complements the training undertaken at school or at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and should be spread across the duration of the training program. It provides the context for:

  • enhanced skill development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competence/modules, as determined by the RTO
  • increased employment opportunities

Benefits to students

Structured workplace learning benefits students by:

  • improving understanding of the work environment and employers’ expectations
  • increasing self-understanding, maturity, independence and self confidence, especially in the workplace
  • increasing motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training
  • enhancing opportunities for part time and casual employment
  • providing opportunity to develop and gain work-related competencies
  • providing opportunity to include the placement in job and course applications
  • providing opportunity to learn skills relevant to the workplace
  • providing opportunity to try out career choices before leaving school
  • providing opportunity to develop contacts with potential employers
  • exposing students to the ‘real’ world of work
  • demonstrating students’ mastery of specific skills and competencies related to the accredited course which they are undertaking
  • providing opportunity to undertake relevant courses which count towards the student’s exit credential and articulate into further education and training.

Benefits to parents

Structured workplace learning benefits parents by:

  • providing opportunities to discuss with their children the topic of work, including their own previous and current experiences in the workplace
  • providing opportunities to positively contribute to their child’s secondary education
  • providing opportunities for family involvement in discussions about further education, training and employment.

Structured Workplace Learning at Thomas Carr College

All VCAL students at Thomas Carr College are involved in Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). All students work in an industry placement one day a week for the duration of the school year to support the learning they undertake at TAFE in their chosen VET studies. For example if a student is studying the Certificate II in Electro technology then we would expect them to be working one day a week with an Electrician. It will be the responsibility of the student to source and secure their placement and this placement will be required to comply with all Department of Education and Training guidelines. Gaining the placement is an assessable task within the Work Related Skills strand (WRS) and all students need to make determined efforts to secure this place early.

Further information can be obtained from Miss Natasha Le Noel and Mr Peter McCarthy

Download the current Structured Work Placement  (SWP) form, print a hard copy, fill it in and return to your VCAL Co-ordinator

Click here to download the form Structured Work Placement Form

If it is a work placement that requires any sort of travel, this form needs to be downloaded, printed and completed as well.

Click here to download the form Structured Work Placement Travel Form