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) or the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and undertaken as part of either the VCE or the VCAL.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (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 school or RTO
- Increased employment opportunities
Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator
The Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator provides the link between the student, the school and the employer and is the key figure in any structured workplace learning program.
The role of the Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator is to assist students to find structured workplace learning positions, liaise with employers, ensure students are prepared for structured workplace learning, provide support during the placement to both the student and the employer, be the main point of contact between the student, employer and the school, and promote structured workplace learning programs to employers.
For more information on Structured Workplace Learning visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.
Benefits for students
- Improved understanding of the work environment and employers’ expectations.
- Exposure to the world of work.
- Increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence, especially in the workplace.
- Increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.
- Enhanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.
- Opportunity to develop and gain work-related competencies.
- Opportunity to acquire skills relevant to the workplace.
- Opportunity to try out career choices before leaving school.
- Opportunity to develop contacts with potential employers.
- Opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills and competencies related to the accredited course which they are undertaking.
- Opportunity to undertake relevant courses which count towards the student’s exit credential and articulate into further education and training.
This information was sourced from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website and was current at time of publishing.